The Valentine Box

The Valentine Box

These days, simplifying is the way to go for us. So,when my friend, Britta LaFont, invited me to participate in a simple, fun Lenten project, I was happy to agree. Introducing the Meet Me in the Middle Project, a look at the ways in which living happens between starting and the end product, reflecting the heart of the Gospel message. On … [Read more...]

Rules or Relationship?

Rules or Relationship?

Rules can be clearly spelled out--you know when you’ve broken them. On the other hand, being in relationship requires engaging in the messiness of your life and those of others. It demands self-reflection and investing in other people. Functioning in the abstract of real life relationships is risky. It involves making mistakes and learning from … [Read more...]

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale on Young Living Essential Oils!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale on Young Living Essential Oils!

I went Black Friday shopping in stores once--ages ago. As a teen, with my mom, we braved 2 or 3 stores. The chaos of the masses at Kohl's is seared into my memory. Never again. But online deals? Bring them on! Here is one for you. If you've been thinking of getting started with essential oils, this is a great time to jump in with a Premium … [Read more...]

I Can’t Wait for Advent

I Can’t Wait for Advent

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV) --Matthew 2:11 Have you ever pondered these gifts of the Magi? Gold we understand. Frankincense is a little more obscure, but we use it as … [Read more...]

How Gratitude Can Fuel Your Dreams

How Gratitude Can Fuel Your Dreams

“Have you looked through the Family Christian catalog?” my mom asked. “There’s a book that has a woman holding a bird’s nest on the cover. It looks good.” I hadn’t. I looked at my baby number four, my boy, crawling around the gated-in living room, weeks away from his first birthday. Keeping his monkey-self alive amidst the blur of being a … [Read more...]

Letting Yourself Break

Letting Yourself Break

Amber Haines' memoir, Wild in the Hollow, is a work of beauty that ignited a maelstrom of emotion in me. I wrote a review of it and have been honored to be a part of her book launch team. Amber has graciously opened her blog as a space for other writers to share some words on themes from her book: brokenness, church, desire, the Kingdom, and home. … [Read more...]

More of My Personal Freedom Journey

More of My Personal Freedom Journey

For the past 3 Fridays, I've shared practices and products that have brought me greater freedom. Today, I'm excited to have the opportunity to share more of my personal freedom journey. Over the summer, Elise from Circles of Faith invited me to write a guest post for their site, and today it's up! Will you join me at Circles of Faith today? Please … [Read more...]

Cinnamon and Lemon and Clove, Oh My!

Cinnamon and Lemon and Clove, Oh My!

Continuing our October series on things that bring greater freedom, today I have a tip for emotional freedom and a practical one for daily life. 1. People Who Believe in You It's a wonder what spending time with uplifting people can do. Their attitude is contagious! A few weeks back, I messaged my friend, Elise, about some things I'd been … [Read more...]

Words and Aroma {Freedom Fridays}

Words and Aroma {Freedom Fridays}

This week, I'm particularly astounded by the complexity of the human brain. As I assessed what was bringing me greater freedom, I realized that both of the things I want to share with you reflect just how amazing God created our minds.   1. The Power of Words As a believer and a writer, the idea that words are powerful is not new to me. I … [Read more...]

Freedom Fridays

Freedom Fridays

  When I chose Freedom as my word for 2013, I thought of it as a one-year study of sorts, but I quickly learned that it would be a life journey. Which is a good thing. For the month of October (and maybe beyond, who knows?) I will share a tip, trick, story, or item--something that has helped me walk in greater freedom in my … [Read more...]