• Faith

    Coloring Outside the Lines

    I have a confession to make: My name is Melanie, I’m 42 years old, and I like to color (…in my Bible). GASP! Is that allowed?! I’m guessing some of you may be “purists” and think that the Bible shouldn’t be written in, let alone colored and painted all over, and that’s okay. Even one of my daughters gives me a hard time and jokingly (I think!) tells me I’m defiling God’s Word whenever she sees me journaling. I understand that Bible journaling isn’t for everyone, but Friends, let me tell you…it has changed my world! I’ll tell you why, but in order to do that, let me first tell…

  • Family,  Fear,  Holy Spirit,  Relationships,  Stress

    Fear Is A Good Thing

    Hello, 2019. It’s a new year with new possibilities. Everyone is starting fresh, making resolutions, eating better, working out more, cleaning up the remnants of the previous year, and whatever else comes with January. I don’t know about you, but for me, seeing the pictures everyone is sharing on social media of their resolutions and changes makes me a little anxious!! I feel like if I am not showing the results, checking off my lists, or completing something every single day then I have totally failed, and, oh, what will people think of me?! This whole “What will people think of me?” mindset has been something I have struggled with…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood

    Life’s Little Helpers

    Hi all! Lindsay here. My last post was all about staying flexible in your day-to-day. Life is all about balance—your relationship with God, your relationships with your family, your work life, and your social life. In order to do that, we are all seeking things of this world to bring about that wonderful balance. I’d love to share a few products, apps, or systems we use as a family to keep our balance. We certainly do not have a perfect system, so if you have any other great ideas or concepts you use, please share! Here are a few favorites of ours: Praise Baby. I commute an hour to work…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear,  Loss,  Motherhood

    Finding the Overflow

    How many times has your mind jumped to the worst possible solution when a problem arises? You notice pain in your stomach, and your first instinct is to go to Google, and it convinces you that you have some sort of cancer or major ailment? When your child wakes up with a fever, does your mind instantly go to the fact that they have the most rare form of an infection or virus? Or you look down and see you’ve missed a call from your boss, and your mind automatically goes to the fact that you must be in trouble for something? If I’m being honest, this is me like…

  • Blended Family,  Blog,  Career,  Family,  Fear,  Hope,  Love,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    The Game of Accomplishments

    Another year has gone by, and, if you are a lot like me, you are wondering, “Where did it go?” Every year, my head swirls with questions that pop up like a mid-summer afternoon thunderstorm. Questions like, did I accomplish what I wanted, what my family wanted, what everyone expects of me? Guys, I’m 56 years old, and these questions still pop up in my head. Crazy as it seems, I’m really not a goal-oriented person, but year after year, I still ponder what I accomplished last year and what I want or need to accomplish this year.   I decided after years and years of these New Year’s questions,…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Loss,  Pain

    Identify Lies By Using The Fruits!

      Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who also happens to be a counselor and educator at a Christian university, and she reminded me to cross-check my thoughts with Galatians 5:22-23 before I reacted to them. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (NLT) You see, our beliefs cause a thought, which leads to an emotion and causes an action. If our belief isn’t from the fruits of the Spirit, the entire process results in a tailspin of emotions,…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Prayer

    Great Expectations

    “ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us….” -Ephesians 3:20 NIV   NEW!  New Year, new goals, new dreams!  Each “old” year is wrapped up with a grand celebration, and a “new” year will likely be embraced with vigor and anticipation, at least for a couple of weeks for most people (and maybe even a couple of months for some)!  New diets, new habits, new hobbies, new jobs, and new proclamations to take better care of ourselves. New. With 80% of resolutions failing by the second week of February, according to U.S.…