God, I want to be like a bird…


… They do not work to spend or collect, and yet YOU provide for them.

I am worth MUCH more to You.

Worrying will not improve my life in any way.

And WHY am I worried about clothes?

I watch how the lilies grow.

They do not shop or even CARE, yet celebrities on the red carpet don’t look that good.

But God, You clothe the flowers that live for a day or two.

You will EASILY care for me.

I will not worry about what to eat or drink or wear.

People who don’t know You worry about those things.

But YOU know what I need!

So I will desire You FIRST.

I will chase after YOUR will and leave the rest to You.


This is a prayer that I wrote recently and thought I’d share with you. You’ll notice it’s written out of Matthew 6. I love this chapter so much and I’ve been trying to find a way to communicate my prayers lately so I just started paraphrasing scripture. When I said it in my own words back to the Father I felt an amazing connection to Him through His word!

So here’s what I want to challenge you with…

Pick a favorite scripture and using your own words write a prayer like this.

This is so powerful and I promise you will notice a change in your prayer life.

Please share your prayers or thoughts in the comments section. I would LOVE to hear from you all!



Hey hey – 4 year blogiversary

It’s been a while.

To any of you who still read this blog, you know I’ve taken a (looong) break.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a plan to get back to blogging.

Life has been absolutely insane. I’ve been working a lot and finishing out my junior year.

Basically learning a lot about life.

What have y’all been up to?? I’d love to hear from you!

AND… if/when I get back to blogging (probably on a new site) I will definitely let y’all know. Meanwhile, thanks so much for the love and the encouragement that you have all been over the years.

So, because no one will see this anyways 😉 HAPPY.. BLOG BIRTHDAY TO MYSELF!!

(don’t judge)

Love y’all!!



2015 – Quotes and One-liners

On this New Year’s Eve I want to share 15 of the most stricking, convicting, and impactful quotes that I’ve stumbled across this year (in no particular order). I wish I knew the origin of them all but I don’t. May you be challenged, as I was, and reap the inspiration to make 2016 even more marvelous!

  1. Nothing beautiful is perfect.
  2. Fear is a liar.
  3. Do more than just exist.
  4. Have courage and be kind – Cinderella (the movie)
  5. Less, but better.
  6. To err is human; to forgive, divine – Alexander Pope
  7. God is preparing you for something greater.
  8. What we dwell on is what we become.
  9. Strip people of technology, see what’s left.
  10. Life begins once Jesus becomes the reason you live it.
  11. If your path is more difficult it’s because your calling is higher.
  12. What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. – Charles Bukowski
  13. Mostly it is loss which teaches us the value of things.
  14. The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. – LouisaMay Alcott
  15. I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans. – George MacDonald

During the first week of this next year, I plan to share lessons I’ve learned in 2015 as well as tell about some of the incredible blessings from this year. As always I pray that you, my dear readers, will continue to grow in relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. All of my gratitude is to Him for His never ending goodness and love!

That said, I wish a fond farewell to 2015. It’s been real!



The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

grinchIt’s wonderful and fun and smells like peppermint and cinnamon. You can’t help but be in a good mood! After all, it’s Christmas, right!?

This may seem pessimistic, but more than likely, there’s something hiding under that cheery holiday smile. Maybe it’s disappointment or pain. Spending Christmas without a loved one. It could be any number of things.

I want to talk today about one of the “Grinches” that can easily steal away our Christmas spirit and how you can keep him out of your life.


Let’s be real. I have these crazy expectations around Christmas. It’s not about other people or gifts or even the weather (well, that’s not exactly true). But I have expectations for myself.

I’m going to spread joy and make people’s day. I’ll be on top of things. I’ll make it perfect.

Maybe you get that way too. And then there’s that sick feeling in your stomach when you miserably fail at perfection. I get it. And I hate it.

All those months of letting God speak to me and change me into someone who’s content and confident in Him. And then a few days into the season, BAM. I found myself crying in the car on the way home from a Christmas Eve service.


Because I’d failed myself. I had these stupid expectations that I could be someone who was good at everything. I could be the girl who seems invincible, who’s always smiling and who people love to be around.

Let me tell you a secret; I can’t be that person all the time. It’s exhausting.

But the fact that things don’t feel right, and there may be legitimate pain under the surface, doesn’t stop the power of God.

I love how the apostle Paul writes; “But He said to me  ‘My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness, that the power of God may rest upon me.”

You see? When we have these expectations, we fail, they fail, the world fails. But aren’t we all a bunch of failures anyway? Without the grace of God, we’re out on the first strike.

But because of His grace, it doesn’t matter whether you have a Pinterest perfect Christmas, or you can’t get the tree to stand up right.

Because of His grace, we can show grace to others knowing that we’re all imperfect.

Because of His grace… Jesus.

Jesus. Everything about Christmas is about Him. Our lives; are they not about Him too? Our fears and failures; are they not accepted and forgiven by Him? Our hurt and heartache; can it not be healed by Him?

Jesus. Not only is He the “reason for the season”. He’s the key to our lock. He’s the answer to our questions. He’s the baby to our manger. He’s the star to our night. He’s the Christ to our Christmas.

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!

May the Lord bless you and your families this holiday season!

Love and blessings,


Have you had a “Grinch” come to steal your Christmas before? What expectations can you give up this year because of grace?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

{31} Random Acts of Kindness


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give. There are a ton of fun, easy and heart warming ways to spread the love during this holiday season. Here are 31 of my favorites; one for each day of December…

  1. Give hot chocolate to someone who looks cold
  2. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies for a friend/neighbor
  3. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood or at a nursing home
  4. Donate your time to help with a holiday outreach at a local church
  5. Leave quarters at a laundromat or in a vending machine
  6. Buy a Christmas present for a homeless person or stranger
  7. Read the nativity story to a child
  8. Bring goodies to employees at a store that you frequent
  9. Make an ornament for someone special
  10. Bring a treat and visit with the elderly at a nursing home
  11. Write a Christmas letter to someone
  12. Leave an encouraging note on a car
  13. Give a gift card to someone in need
  14. Compliment a waiter or grocery checker
  15. Carry someone’s groceries or return their shopping cart
  16. Thank a soldier, police officer or firefighter for their service
  17. Make a meal for a family in need
  18. Surprise someone with a coffee date
  19. Buy fleece blankets and hand them out to the homeless
  20. Smile at everyone you see 
  21. Do someone else’s chore/task
  22. Offer to babysit for a young family during the holidays
  23. Help an elderly neighbor put up Christmas decorations
  24. Shovel snow or sweep a driveway for someone who can’t
  25. Write a short and sweet note for someone who’s going through rough times
  26. Donate clothes, toys or canned food to a good cause
  27. Invite a veteran or someone serving in the armed forces over for dinner. 
  28. Send a Christmas card to a military service member overseas
  29. Leave a nice surprise on someone’s doorstep
  30. Befriend someone new
  31. Forgive whenever you get the chance

Hint: Tell them to “pass it on”!

Bonus points: Remind them of the reason for the season

Finally, a few of my very favorite verses on kindness and giving…

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”
Proverbs 19:17

“So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10

“Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”
1st John 3:18

“But God shows His love to use in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

Please leave a comment with your favorite act of kindness. Commit to doing this with me (you can mix them up or come up with your own)! Also, I’d love to hear how this goes for you, so come back and share your stories!

Ready? Set. Go!



A Shared Remembrance

A few weeks ago, my good friend Hannah from Speak Your Identity contacted me about doing a guest post for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance day, which is today. I knew immediately what the Lord wanted me to share…

Go check out my thoughts, and while you’re at it, subscribe to Hannah’s blog!




My Favorite Things About Autumn


We’re a week into October and I am excited to share with you several reasons why I love this time of year!

Cooler weather ~ This is Texas, y’all. And the heat which is miserable most of the year is finally giving us a bit of a break. The northern winds rushing in crisp air, turning cheeks rosy and making this part of the world almost bearable.

Cross Country Season ~ One of my favorite activities is running cross country on my homeschool team, so August-October is packed with practices, meets and hanging out with lots of my favorite people!

Sweaters ~ I love sweaters almost as much as I love hot chocolate. They’re fashionable, they’re fun, and the warm, fuzzy feeling of wrapping up against the chilly elements just ignites a spark of mischief somewhere inside.

School ~ As weird as it may seem, I love the comfort and routine that the school year brings, even though it means being stuck inside most of the day and having to stick to a schedule.

My birthday ~ October is my birthday month so that’s obviously a perk. Turning a year older always feels like a fresh start. And I’m going to be 17 which means getting my driver’s license, a job and more responsibilities! Yay!

Inspiration ~ Cooler days and long walks in the woods mean one more thing. Time to look around, ponder life and take in the inspiration that seems to follow me around this time of year. So I’ll be carrying around a notebook and pencil, maybe a camera sometimes, and just taking it all in!

What are you looking forward to the most with the change of the season?

“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” – Daniel 2:21