Monday, April 20, 2015


"Clarify your purpose. What is the why behind everything you do? When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path becomes clear." -Jack Canfield 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"He loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love."
(C.S. Lewis)

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Now then, stand still and see this great thing that the Lord is about to do before your eyes!" 
(1 Samuel 12:16)

Some days, life is CRAZY and some days, I have three different to-do lists to complete. Some days, it takes about 7 cups of coffee. That's how it needs to be if I'm ever going to change the world. Right?

Here's the thing: it is so insanely easy for me to get wrapped up in my own work and my efforts and my small corner of the world.

God is about to do great things before our very eyes. It's good and important to work towards our dreams and goals. But sometimes? Sometimes, we need to stand still and allow ourselves to be awestruck in the presence of our Savior and Redeemer. And while we're going about our crazy Mondays, remember to open your eyes to see and feel how Jesus is moving in the midst of all that caffeinated chaos. Because it is happening. And I don't want to miss it.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Fear. Everyone's experienced it. Even those who appear to be constantly strong and brave. Fear begins as a thought. Something you were previously so excited about takes on a different tone and all of a sudden, you begin to doubt your capabilities. What if. Those two words begin to rise up and clench their fists on the steering wheel of your mind. What if I fail? What if I get hurt? What if? The fear that started out as a twinge begins to turn into a swirling inferno, a fire that consumes every shred of hope that stands in its way. There's an ache in the pit of your stomach. You feel as though you are frozen in time. Paralyzed. And you have no idea what to do about these voices in your head that continually dictate what you can and cannot do. So, you give in and give up. You stop taking on challenges. You stop saying yes and start saying I don't think so. Saddest of all, you stop growing.

Fear. Over time, it turns into a dull throbbing sensation in your heart. Sometimes you forget it's there because of how quiet it is. But it's always there. Eating away at your confidence. Telling you that you can't. That you never will.

But those voices in your head? They don't know you. They don't own you.

And one day? One day, you'll realize that you have imposed these limitations on yourself. One day, you'll tell the voices to simmer down and you will relight the fire in your heart that knows exactly how special and capable you are. On that day, you'll realize that failure is a part of living and that it's not as bad as you once thought. You'll be able to walk with your head up and your spirits raised. You have a powerful God. He's on your side and he won't let your feet slip. You have a passion that He gave you and a specific set of skills to fulfill your dreams. So go for it, darling. Don't hold back EVER. You CAN do it. And it will be marvelous.

I give myself permission to fail. I have permission to look stupid and mess up and make mistakes. I have nothing to fear. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Wake up:
That's what we value.
In a Beyonce world, all we hear is:
perfect perfect perfect. Pretty. Beautiful. 
That's why I struggled with my image for three straight years
and still do.
We strive for perfection and always come up short because there is always a new standard.
So we work harder?
Realize this, love.
Perfection is not as beautiful as acceptance.
What's beautiful is someone who has realized their imperfections yet
still loves themselves and, even better, is deeply loved by their Creator.
Because it means that they are free.
Freedom is greater than flawlessness.

We are free to admit our mistakes, reveal our scars, and bare our souls to the world. 
It is because of Love that we are made beautiful. 

Monday, April 6, 2015


you were raised with a fire in your chest
you were created for passion and conviction
you have a mind that is powerful and vast
your soul is immeasurable by any human standards.

how will you use your precious life?

Monday, March 23, 2015


In my experience, the best kind of prayer is the kind where walls are let down and tears flow. What you say doesn't have to sound pretty or make sense or even be audible at all. There is an intense feeling of freedom that comes when you accept this truth: God knows the heart. Don't be afraid to pray when you're angry, when you're confused, and when you're hurt. People don't always want to see our true colors, but I believe that God gets really excited when we pray with honesty and openness and pour out our souls in His presence without sugar-coating the way we feel. Free your heart and allow yourself to be flooded in grace by our Savior. This is prayer as it's meant to be.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


breathing gets harder
days get rougher
list gets longer
you want to start over.

Take a breath, take a break
unleash the fears.

Talk to someone, go outside
(trust me, it helps)

sit still for a while with your eyes closed
(even though you don't think you have time)

ask God for strength and peace and courage
(trust me, He listens)

re-evaluate priorities and try to stay calm.

Start over.

It's ok if you mess up
(trust me, everyone does)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


"you can't get to courage without walking through vulnerability." -brene brown

Friday, March 13, 2015

Psalm 34:18

Who He Is

Jesus is the answer to all the questions that swim around in your mind and keep you awake until 3 a.m.
Jesus is the remedy for the sharp pain that sometimes stabs your heart in the middle of the day and breaks you down.
Jesus is the escape from all the weight of the world that you carry on your inadequate shoulders.
He is the creator of joy, the author of life, the imagination behind all things good, true, beautiful, and meaningful.
And He loves you. You are what He thinks about, feels pain for, and rejoices over.

You are the one He wants.

if that isn't life-changing, then nothing is.

Monday, February 2, 2015

"The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still."
Exodus 14:14

Monday, January 26, 2015