• Faith,  Holy Spirit,  Prayer

    A Basic Bible Mad Lib

    We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you (INSERT YOUR NAME), because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from (INSERT…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Pain,  Prayer

    Even If

    A couple of weeks ago, I had a routine medical test done. The next day, I received a voicemail asking me to call back regarding the test. My heart sank because that’s never a good sign. No one leaves bad news on a voicemail; they always ask you to call back. When I returned the call, the woman told me that the results were slightly questionable and that I needed to schedule for the test to be redone. She assured me that this happens often and that things were most likely fine; however, being human—and a natural worrywart—I wasn’t reassured and immediately started freaking out. The retest was scheduled for…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Prayer,  Stress

    Everyday Warriors: Sword Fighting the Battles of Life

    “Mom! I need ___________ (Fill in the blank: money, food, a ride, help with homework, my taekwondo uniform, etc..)”.  “Sara, your spreadsheet was due two days ago.” Oh, and the dog is almost out of food, and we need groceries, and the car has a flat tire, and you need to pay (again, fill in the blank…) These are just a few of the seemingly unending list of tasks and responsibilities that pull for our time and energy. Before you know it, we are pulled in more directions than is humanly possible, and that can cause edginess to the most patient person. If that weren’t enough, we can add the…

  • Faith,  Family,  Love,  Marriage,  Motherhood,  Uncategorized

    Everyday Gestures of Love

    Love is in the air! As the month of February approaches, everyone gets ready for Valentine’s Day. Some exchange cards, purchase overpriced flowers, and there is candy galore! As far back as I can remember, we exchanged valentines at school, and my parents got us a small gift and a card expressing sweet thoughts.   Some people call it a Hallmark-created holiday to elicit more spending on cards, flowers, and candy. Over the years, even single people have embraced the holiday, and now, ladies even do “Galentine’s Day” events! My oldest daughter switched schools this year, and Valentine’s Day is a big deal there! Parents are encouraged to order balloons…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer,  Stress

    Accio, Joy!

    I can’t carry purses anymore. I’ve tried. I like the idea of a purse. I feel trendy and more feminine when I carry one, but it just isn’t working out for me. Recently, I even thought I’d give it another shot—my kids are getting a little older and require a bit less stuff; surely, I could enjoy the simple pleasure of toting a purse I like. From the top of my closet, I dug out a beautiful Coach purse my husband had gifted me after a business trip he’d been on. It is several years old but still looks brand new (which is telling to how much use it got…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Pain,  Uncategorized

    “Purposeful Podcast”

    With great JOY, we are happy to share that our friend and collaboration partner, Sara, was guest featured on Daron Earlewine’s “Born to Be Podcast”! Congratulations to you, sweet Sara! The Salty Sunshine team and readers are so blessed by your insights and your talent for sharing your walk with God! We are so proud of you and KNOW God has a great future planned for you! Readers, take a moment to listen to “Sara Welsh on Getting Unstuck in Life” on the Born to Be Podcast. The episode is approximately 30 minutes in length. Sara will walk you through a life-threatening childhood accident she sustained. Sara will go on to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…