“The dark is just a canvas for Your grace and brightness.” – Rend Collective, “Joy” To be honest with everyone, the last couple of weeks have been especially draining and I’ve felt the full weight of balancing four jobs and raising a family. On top of my hectic schedule (which included tense, […]Read more "The Art of Celebration"
This thought really encouraged me this week. I scrawled it on a sticky note and slapped it on my desk, and even wrote put it on my white board as the “Quote of the Week.” Here’s why it spoke to me: 1.) Think of the time and care a poet takes to carefully craft […]Read more "We Are God’s Poetry!"
I read in an educational article this week that statistics are booming for school students who are reporting feelings of severe anxiety. They are complaining to their teachers of headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, or simply stare at a blank page or act out. The root cause of this is fearfulness and anxiety, which makes […]Read more "Pray First!"
Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the “I-really-don’t-think-I-can-do-this-today,” and “I’d-rather-be-a-wimp-and-stay-in-bed” kind of days? We all feel weak from time to time, especially when life continues to overwhelm us with new challenges. The wonderful truth is, we don’t have to muster the strength to make it through our […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Work with the Strength of 1,000 Men!"
“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks Now that we live in the mountains, our family has begun a summer tradition of picking fresh cherries from a nearby mountain orchard. The kids love hunting for the “perfect” cherry, which would […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Delicious Lessons from the Cherry Tree"
“When He [Jesus] had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” – Luke 5:4-5 Our modern business-driven culture is extremely […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Redefining Success"
“In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – “Braveheart” “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – “Braveheart” While visiting the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, I […]Read more "W – Warrior Poets"
“For God so loved the world…” – John 3:16 When God looked down from the heavens and whispered, “I love you,” this became an everlasting, unchanging truth! Nothing you or anyone else can do could diminish His love for you in the least bit. His love for you is undying and does not falter! […]Read more "Motivating Mondays – He Loves You!"
It is always a great encouragement to hear that a good friend is praying for us. According to Romans 8:34, however, believers have Jesus Christ Himself praying for them daily! That’s right, Christian! You are daily on His mind, and the Creator of the universe is in your corner interceding for you! Take […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Prayed Up!"
We are all called to take leaps of faith at times… – Faith to write that book, trusting there will be an audience – Faith to follow God’s calling, though it requires a pay cut – Faith to put our children in private school or college, though the tuition is significant Whatever your “faith leap” […]Read more "Motivating Monday – The Permanent Impact of Faith"