Dear America

The Fourth of July has been my favorite holiday for a long time. There are several reasons why I love it: watermelon, snow cones, flip-flops, and fireworks; dressing in red, white, and blue makes me very, very happy and, the most important reason, I love my country! In the 33 years that I've been alive, … Continue reading Dear America

Am I a Pharisee?

I'm going to go ahead and tell you now that this one is going to hurt. It hurt me as I wrote it. It's important, as Christ followers, that we wound our flesh. With all that's going on in our world, we need to be checking our motives and reactions. If you're a believer, I … Continue reading Am I a Pharisee?

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day, guys! I did a post like this for Mother's Day. You can read it here. Now it's time to hear from my wonderful man. Jon-Michael is a leader, loves Jesus, prioritizes our marriage, and is an intentional father. He has been a huge example to me and will hopefully encourage you too. … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!

Shine

With all that is going on in our world, I simply want to speak life, hope, and encouragement over you this week. If you are reading this later, we are three months into Covid-19. Just as we thought that life was getting back to "normal", our numbers are spiking with people being affected in Northwest Arkansas. … Continue reading Shine

Upside Down Kingdom

Last week, I felt led to write about racism. I simply reached out to a friend, Janay, and asked what I could do. That question changed my life. It turned into a blog post, then an Instagram live, talking with my kids, taking them to a protest with me, challenging my life group, and sweet Janay … Continue reading Upside Down Kingdom

We Believe Lies, Part 2

Last week we talked about lies that the enemy feeds us about God. This week, we are looking at lies that we believe about ourselves. Have you ever said, "I will never," or "I could never,"? Maybe I should rephrase that and ask you to think about how many times you say those words every day?! … Continue reading We Believe Lies, Part 2

We Believe LIES

"I will never, I could never, I am not, I have not." These phrases used to color my view and came out of my mouth daily. They are subtle (and sometimes not-so subtle) lies that we believe and justify fiercely. I snuggled up next to these thoughts, like they were my friends, calling their presence … Continue reading We Believe LIES

Now What?

We just finished week four of isolation. We were told recently that we still have two more months. Now what? Personally, I think God wants us to intentionally prepare for what's next. There will be a day when we aren't stuck in our homes anymore and we should use this time we have wisely. When this is … Continue reading Now What?

SELF

We just found out a few days ago that we have until the end of April in self-isolation. We are three weeks in and have at least four more to go. I am seeing an extreme response from some people during this time of isolation. They are consumed with how it is affecting them. They … Continue reading SELF

Sword of the Spirit

This has been a strange week! If you are reading this at a later time or from another country (welcome!), we are in the first week of social distancing in response to the Coronavirus, here in Arkansas. People are trying to work from home while homeschooling their children. Others are trying to figure out what … Continue reading Sword of the Spirit

Confident Freedom

Confidence and Freedom are two of my absolute favorite things. I'm not sure that there is anything more beautiful than a woman who is sure of who she is in Christ. Her confidence has little to do with her and everything to do with the God inside of her. She accepts God's elaborate gifts and … Continue reading Confident Freedom

Authentic Security

"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen." Brene Brown "Insecure people want you to know how important they are; secure people want you to know … Continue reading Authentic Security

Feisty Focus

So far in this series we have studied how women of God are Living Loved, Fully Surrendered, and have Extravagant Worship. No one would be surprised to see those  traits in a Biblical study of women of God. Those things have been taught to us before and are expected. So how did Feisty Focus make … Continue reading Feisty Focus

Extravagant Worship

Hi friends! We are in a series studying characteristics of women in the Bible. These amazing girls are foundational to our faith and teach us how to live for Jesus well. The first week we studied Jesus' mom, Mary. Last week we studied Rebekah. Today, we are studying Mary of Bethany. She is one of my … Continue reading Extravagant Worship

Fully Surrendered

"The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice - any choice will be the right one." - A.W. Tozer I am a little bit of a control freak. I'm one of those weird people who likes to make lists just so I can have the satisfaction … Continue reading Fully Surrendered

Living Loved

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "Woman of God?" If you're anything like me, you probably imagine some unattainable, perfect superhuman, who's hair is always set in place, and whose children are all on the dean's honor roll. (I know that lady and she is intimidating!) We are going to spend … Continue reading Living Loved

Reason to Celebrate!

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” — Nelson Mandela One of my friends posted something on her Facebook around the end of the year that stopped my mindless scrolling and stunned me a little. It was a simple but profound question: "What is one thing from the last year that … Continue reading Reason to Celebrate!

Trust & Obey

Imagine being nine months pregnant and living on the third floor of your apartment in humid and hot Texas. Carrying groceries, nine months pregnant, up to that third floor apartment. The smell of drugs is unmistakable from one of the doors you have to walk by. Another door opens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME you walk by … Continue reading Trust & Obey

You Get to Choose

My mind has been replaying this sentence over and over this week: "You get to choose." We make choices ALL DAY LONG. Before our day even begins, we have a choice of how we are going to start the day. Are we going to go to bed on time or stay up later than we … Continue reading You Get to Choose

2020

It's 2020! Can you even believe it? I love the start of a new year. Everyone has fresh hope and vision. There's nothing magical about 12 am on New Year's Eve, but there is something important about how you end one season and enter into another. 2019 was a good, hard, character-building year for me. … Continue reading 2020

VICTORY

I started this post at the beginning of the year but didn't feel super victorious so I put it on the shelf. Now that the year is over I can see a little bit of what God had in mind. vic·to·ry /ˈvikt(ə)rē/ noun "an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, … Continue reading VICTORY

Christmas Goals

I have a few goals for this week. Our family usually does Christmas ALL OUT. We have a traditions advent calendar where we do one of our favorite things to celebrate Christmas per day. This year we have accomplished 3 things. It is the 21st of December. That means there were 18 days where we … Continue reading Christmas Goals

IN-COURAGE

We are going to talk about encouragement today. I had another post planned but really felt like the Lord wanted to change gears. Have you ever had an "off" day? I had an “off” day this week. I think it was a combination of being exhausted from traveling for Thanksgiving, not feeling well, and a … Continue reading IN-COURAGE

Identity 101, Part 3

We have spent the past two weeks looking at Ephesians 1 and how it details our identity. This will be the last week in the series and we are ending it with the most important part. We are looking at verses 20-23 today. 20-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 3

Identity 101, Part 2

We are going to jump right into part 2 of our Identity 101 series. Last week we laid the foundation of our identity: we are children of God. The first step in understanding your value is knowing that you belong to God. If you didn't read last week's post, I suggest starting there before going … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 2

Identity 101, Part 1

Before we get started, I want to share what happened this week as I was preparing for this post. This is probably the most important series I have done. I started to make edits to this post and the Holy Spirit fell all over me. I ended up on my face, crying out to God for … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 1

Have You Prayed?

I got a text from a girl at 1 am this week. She was panicked about what direction her life is supposed to go. I started down the rabbit hole with her, asking questions, and felt the Holy Spirit say, "Ask her if she prayed about it." She answered honestly that she had not. Please … Continue reading Have You Prayed?

When God Says No

I have had this saved for over two years and just never posted it. This was written right after we stepped down from Gateway to plant our church. Then all the doors closed. We had no idea what God was going to do. Now that we are on the other side of this struggle, I … Continue reading When God Says No

Dreams Come True

Before JM and I got married, we dreamed about loading our kids up in the car and taking them on a secret, surprise trip to Disney World. Now, 13 years later we get to do just that! I'm so excited that I could explode! I am writing this before we go on our trip so … Continue reading Dreams Come True

YES Day!

I spent Thursday having Yes Day with my kids. Yes Day is a day where kids get to pick all the activities for the whole day and the parents commit to saying, "Yes" (unless it is something illegal, immoral, etc) to their choices. I first heard of Yes Day last year on Jennifer Garner's Instagram page. … Continue reading YES Day!

Set the Table. It Matters.

We had our church's version of vacation bible school this week. I was asked to come up with the decorations. I was honored, but also a little nervous. Why? Because I sat under the world's best kid's pastors (truly) and watched them create these kind of events; they set the bar extremely high. Thankfully, I had HUGE … Continue reading Set the Table. It Matters.

What If?

I watched a Beth Moore message on Life Today 6 years ago that wrecked me. Here is the link to it if you want to watch it. It is definitely worth your time but in case you don't want to, here is the premise... Beth was dealing with two major fears. She felt the Holy … Continue reading What If?

Pull the Weeds

This week, a dear woman in our church came to our home to clear out our flower beds. She loves to garden and noticed that we have quite a mess on our hands. She got to our house at 9 am and spent the entire day blowing leaves out of our flower beds. We live … Continue reading Pull the Weeds

My Beloved

I've got to be honest, I am writing this very late the night before it it supposed to go live. I usually spend the whole week preparing these but we've had a lot going on this week. I just haven't even had a second to really think about what to write this week. Today is … Continue reading My Beloved

GET AWAY

I haven't shared much about my family on here yet. I usually try to keep the focus on what I am learning in the Word. However, what I am learning and how I am growing have everything to do with my family this week. My husband is a campus pastor at a church in AR. … Continue reading GET AWAY

Filled with Courage

Last week we talked about joy and finding ways to intentionally add it to our day. Today we are going to talk about encouragement. We all go through seasons where joy is easy to feel and seasons where joy is harder to feel. Our feelings can trip us up if we let them. So, what … Continue reading Filled with Courage