• Christian Living,  Relationships

    Abiding In the Vine

    “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5, NKJV)   Have you ever read this passage, and felt a little bit lost, unsure of what it means to “abide”? I know I have. Other versions of this verse substitute the word “remain”, and that helps, to an extent. But, I like to get really, really clear when it comes to instructional passages…

  • Christian Living,  Leveling Up

    Something More

    Do you ever feel that restlessness inside? … The one that says, there’s gotta be more to life than this? I believe that’s what is meant when the Bible says that God “has set eternity in [our] hearts…” (Eccl. 3:11b). Too often, we tend to get caught up in our earthly life, and we forget that this earth isn’t our home. We are here for a purpose — one that’s so much greater than ourselves. It’s easy, in the busyness of our day-to-day, to fall for the lie that our lives our all about us. But they aren’t. God placed each one of us right where we are, at this…

  • Christian Living,  Identity, Values, & Worth

    What It Means to Live Free

    I think it’s safe to say that every human being longs for freedom — some probably more than others. For those of us over here in the West, we enjoy a lot of freedoms. And yet, we often let ourselves get into bondage. What do I mean? I guess I’m thinking mainly along the lines of mindset. We get “stuck” in certain ways of thinking, which leads to feeling stuck in certain behaviors… and we end up not feeling so “free”. So, what does it mean to “live free”? When you read my site’s tagline (Dream Big … Live Free), what comes to mind? Living free might look different to…

  • Christian Living,  Leveling Up,  Random,  Relationships

    Like Little Children

    “Why so serious?” – The Joker (The Dark Knight 2) Do you ever let yourself relax enough to feel like a kid, again? Do you splash in puddles, or do you complain every time it rains? Do you ever run away from your significant other, sing-songing, “You can’t catch me!“, or are you too worried about what others might think? As adults, for whatever reason, we seem to lose our ability to play. Instead, life becomes serious, and we worry about keeping up appearances. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says that, in order to get into heaven, we need to become like little children {note: He doesn’t say become children, but…

  • Christian Living,  Journaling

    Called To Be A Writer

    Have you ever tried to ignore something, but just couldn’t seem to escape it? I most definitely have. Let me tell you a story… For my 10th birthday, an older friend gave me my very first diary. I still have that book today. It’s got a mint-green cover, and the pages are heavily perfumed. It has its own lock and key. I remember, as a young girl, weaving stories in my mind as I drifted off to sleep each night. Often times they included living in a mansion, and/or horseback riding through the woods on my grandparents’ property. Sometimes I would even speak my stories into my brown Fisher Price…

  • Christian Living

    Sneak Peek: A Look Into My Journal (05/01/2017)

    Here’s another look inside my journal… so you can learn what I’m learning, alongside me! Lord, my problem isn’t trusting You that you CAN do things — I believe You are fully capable. My problem is that I always have a hard time believing in Your WILLINGNESS to help me, or to do anything for me. I guess it’s because I view You as a parent… with human parents, I’ve been taught that I will be “rewarded” for doing things correctly; for obeying. And while -yes- You bless my obedience… it’s what that obedience CONSISTS of that is different, right? Instead of me striving to earn “rewards” by doing things…

  • Christian Living,  Random

    A Story of Transition

    Finding one’s purpose in life is hard. Figuring out God’s calling on your life is also hard. This is something I’ve been struggling with, for years. When I started my self-employment journey in late 2013, I was mostly concerned with pursuing my life-long dream of being my own boss. And I chose to become a virtual author’s assistant, then, because it’s what I knew — I had gone to school for office administration, had worked in various receptionist positions since, and was an avid reader with a long list of authors with whom I’d already been building relationships. And while this niche proved profitable for a time, I came to…

  • Christian Living,  Random

    Seasons

    // “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 //   I was talking with a new friend, today, and bemoaning the fact that I’m not very consistent with posting on my blog — something that really bothers me a great deal. I would love to post more frequently. I also commented that part of what has stolen my attention away from creating blog posts is the fact that I’m (finally) working on creating my first eCourse! My friend was kind enough to offer the gentle reminder that it’s all about seasons … we can’t do everything, all the time.…

  • Christian Living,  Warrior Women

    Squirrel!

    If you have seen the Disney/Pixar movie, “Up“, you probably caught the reference in today’s post title. Yes, I’m talking about… what, again? Oh, right — distraction.   The Dark Side has many tricks and tools in its arsenal to keep us from living the full & abundant life God promised us. Some of those schemes include: Discouragement | Fear | Procrastination | Gluttony | Apathy | Convenience | Mediocrity | Doubt | Ease | Instant Gratification | Laziness | Overwhelm | Pride | Greed | Lust | Anger | Jealousy …and, of course, DISTRACTION. The devil knows that we are easily distracted, so he uses this to keep us…

  • Christian Living,  Random

    REVIEW: Moving Forward by John Siebeling

    “Moving Forward: Overcoming the Habits, Hangups, and Mishaps That Hold You Back” by John Siebeling   In Moving Forward, John Siebeling talks about the habits and mindsets that hold us back from living the abundant life that God has promised to us (John 10:10), and from moving forward. He touches on topics like our emotions, and how we are responsible for how our lives turn out (how we react to life’s ups and downs is up to us). He talks about mindset and choices, too, which I love, as it aligns with what I teach, here on my blog! Lastly, John also talks about dreaming big, and about our financial…

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