Walk in God’s Grace

When I wake up in the morning and find my 6 year old reading his Bible and eating a breakfast he made himself… I realize I’m not completely failing, I am doing something right.

I HAVE to start giving myself grace, push aside my high expectations and unrealistic desires of perfection, and keep renewing my mind. Stop listening to the lies that “I’m not good enough” “I’m failing” or “I can’t handle this” or “how did God see me fit for all this?” I’m not good enough or fit for all this on my own, I’ve known that, but by His grace and strength I am. So I CAN handle whatever comes my way, but too easily I don’t walk in that.

I always used to say “I don’t want to live to just survive, I want to thrive.” In every season of life, I want to thrive for the glory of God, and that means pushing away the distorted views of myself and saturating my mind with God’s truths about who I am. For this season of life, also who my children are. Treating them like the purpose-filled, God-sized dreamers they are, and like the men and women God wants them to become.

With that, I must learn to see myself as God sees me and be an example to them to grow up seeing themselves how God sees them. I need to stop limiting myself based on the labels that have been put on me and what I’ve believed defined me in the past. I realized I have still been walking in some of those awful labels! That’s not who I am.

I don’t ever want my kids to grow up believing in any labels put on them. Whether by people or the enemy, I do not want them to believe in the lies that will hinder them from reaching their potentials in Christ. I want them to grow up firmly understanding and believing and walking in their true identities in Christ. I need to start firmly believing and walking in who God says I am and who He is calling me to be.



Our Thoughts Determine What or Who We Serve

Stop letting the enemy tell you that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t strong enough, or smart enough. Stop letting him tell you that you cant be anything, you’ll never be forgiven, or you’ll never change. Tell him to SHUT UP! He is the devil! Why do we listen to such an evil, lying creature who’s only mission is to destroy us?!

We have a heavenly Father with insurmountable, unmatchable power and authority who LOVES us, builds us up, encourages us, comforts us, protects us, teaches us, guides us… whose Word is truth and promises are yes and amen!!

Will you choose to drown in the lies and let yourself be destroyed? Or will you choose to dwell in the truth and promises of God? Where we focus our thoughts is what we serve. Who will you choose to serve today?


Motto in a Minute: Romance Isn’t Love

While romance can be done with actions, serving is ALWAYS an action.

I’ve finally realized love is a choice shown through actions; choosing to sacrifice our desires and serve the other. Unconditional love always serves one another no matter how we “feel” because our feelings aren’t always truth. Unconditional love always forgives one another no matter what the other person does or says. This is the type of love Paul taught us about over 2,000 years ago…and I FINALLY get it.


(5) It [Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
(7)It [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:5‭, ‬7 NIV (emphasis my own)
The greatest sacrifice and action of all… that God sent His only son, perfect and blameless, to die for OUR sins. You, me,  and everyone… Jesus gave His life even when we didn’t deserve it. Even when people spit upon Him and scorned Him, He loved. He LOVES YOU, no matter what you have said or what you have done.


Motto in a Minute: Find Your Joy in Him

The utter joy it brings my children just to watch a snow plow burst down the road! Laughs and “hoorays” from 3 little ones at the window just brightened my tired, overwhelmed morning. Why can’t we all find joy so easily as adults?! 

But we can… in God…
in His Word, applying His Word, and in His presence.

Dwell in His presence. Dwell on positive, grateful thoughts. Dwell on His goodness. Dwell on His promises. Dwell in thanksgiving to Him.

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
1 Chronicles 16:27 NIV

Intentionally remain joyful. Constantly communicate with God. Tell Him your concerns but also your joys and thankfulness. Stay in a state of gratitude for all He’s done for you. He gave you life. He gave you salvation so that you could have eternal life!

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NLT

Read His Word. Know what the Bible says, and follow His instructions. Apply His Word!

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherʼs commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:10‭-‬11 NIV

How simple is it to know that if we dwell in His presence, intentionally remain joyful by praying and giving thanks, and read and apply His word, that we can have joy?! We can remain in complete, true joy.

In the last verse I shared, Jesus simply stated that if we keep His commands, His joy will be in us and it will be complete! Seems so simple, but we must apply it. Today, no matter what the circumstance, remind yourself to find your joy in Him!


Motto in A Minute: Let God Heal My Wounds

Sometimes healing, and finding security where you’re insecure, is hard to do. It is something I’ve been struggling with and in some ways fighting. But the Lord’s purpose will prevail and He continues to knock on the door to my heart. He wants me to allow Him into the depths of my wounds. And as I reflect, I am reminded of this…

Jeremiah 6:14 alludes that you cannot heal a wound by saying it’s not there.

Sometimes the hardest part is to peel off the band aid and admit the wound is there. It’s up to us to not only peel off the band aid, but to also allow God to truly heal and transform us. We WILL have a story and a purpose beyond the pain and the healing if we let Him use us. But if we continue to just bandage the wounds, and hide from our story, then how can God reach other people with the same open or fresh wounds? Better yet, imagine the other lives that can be transformed and find purpose by sharing our stories if we allow God to transform us and find our purpose first.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Let’s give God our wounds. Today, as you face any hurt or reminders of your pain, say and repeat “Let God heal my wounds”.Surrender to Him and allow Him to heal every cell. Ask Him today to start healing you from the inside out all for His glory.


Motto In a Minute: Seek God’s Word to Overcome

I am so thankful for God’s Word!
 When I wake up feeling like I just don’t know if I can do it all, like I don’t know if I can measure up, like I don’t know what to do about something, like I don’t know if or when we will find deliverance… God’s Word reminds me of His love and promises for us. I find strength in Him, hope in His promises, and encouragement and guidance in His Word.

When I look at all that the people in the Bible endured and still held strong to their faith and moved forward in their callings, I am greatly encouraged. Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Paul, even Jesus, and so many more…

Whatever your current trial is that feels so difficult that you dont know how you will overcome, remember you can do this, but only with Him. Look at some of the most influential characters in the Bible and study their story. Nothing great comes without obstacles and trials. 

Today as you face obstacles and trials, remind yourself to seek God’s Word to overcome.

When we are weak, we can turn to Him for strength and give Him all the glory. Remember the One who endured the ultimate pain and trials. The One who was the ultimate sacrifice for us.


Our Past Experiences Can Refine Us

Our experiences shape us and make us who we are. They don’t define us, but they refine us. That decision, however, is ours to make. To decide to remember the crushing fall, or what you learned from picking up the pieces and standing up again.


Remember all the times you encountered struggles and came out victorious. Remember all the falls and failures and how they made you stronger.

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:3-5 NIV

Sometimes we get so caught up in how hurt we were that one time, or how bad we messed up then, that we completely missed how that experience refined us.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James 1:4

We even sometimes unintentionally diminish what Jesus did on the cross by assuming we can’t be forgiven or move forward from what we experienced. We even tend to do this by holding resentment or choosing not to forgive someone else’s past wrongdoings.

But who are we to say that what He did on the cross wasn’t enough? Surely it was.

“It is finished”, He said. He paid the ultimate, painful price.

When we are too concerned with our past, we aren’t advancing towards our future!

If we have repented and changed our ways, then we are forgiven. Plain and simple. And if we have truly forgiven those who have done wrong against us, then there is “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
Leave the past in the past, but remember that it is only because of His love, grace, and sacrifice that we can leave it there. We can leave the past in the past, thank God for refining us, and move forward for His glory giving testimony about what He has done for us.


Stuck In A Rut: Make A Change

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut? Living the same routine day after day, not getting any closer to your goals, not living with any passion, exhausted and weary, moody and anxious? I know I have and it makes me question my motives, my role, and even my worth.

Then, recently it clicked. I am not able to change every situation I am in, nor can I control the behavior of those around me, but I can control how I react. Instead of settling for an unsatisfying rut, we can make a few changes to make our situations improve. Therefore, we can live a happier, more satisfying life full of purpose and passion.


Don’t get me wrong.  I totally understand that there are certain things and situations in our lives that we simply can not control.  Today, I want to encourage you to make positive changes to get to where you want to be. I want to help you take those first few steps towards your goals. I want to throw you a small lifesaver to help you get out of that deep water you are just wading in. Let’s not just work to stay afloat, let us strive to get out and go to new places!


What areas of your life are you unhappy with? What goals do you keep saying you have, but you aren’t actually acting on? Where do you want to be in a year? Five, even ten years?




If you want something in your life to change, then you need to make a change.  Change requires action. We can’t keep sitting around daydreaming about how nice it would be if we could just reach this goal or that.

If I could just lose 20 pounds…

If I could just get out of debt…

If I could just get more organized…

If I could just have more time…

If I could just be happier…

If I could just make more money…

And the list goes on.  Let’s stop saying “If I could…” because we CAN!


What are your passions and your goals?

-Write them down. Dream big!

-Put them somewhere, or multiple places, you will see them every day.

-Break them down and figure out what smaller goals you can set to reach the bigger ones.

-Give those smaller goals time frames to ensure that you are making progress.

-Reward yourself when you reach goals to set up successful progress. 


Remember, it is about progress, not perfection. If you are doing what matters in life and making progress, then you don’t have to stress so much. 

Sometimes I feel like I’m crawling when I want to be leaping, but as least I’m still going forward.
Rather than thinking you have so much to do, or so many unmet goals, you will feel much more satisfied and find grace at the end of a day when you know that you have made progress in an area. We must have that positive perspective to make a change and move towards our goals.

If your rut is health and fitness, get moving! Literally. Find an exercise program you love, but make sure you are pairing it with a healthy diet since most weight loss and health is dependent upon your diet. Find an accountability partner or group to set yourself up for success. I have found a great coach and accountability group. We don’t have to do it alone!

If it is debt, organization, or time management that has you in a rut, do some research! Dave Ramsey is a great resource for figuring out how to make and follow a budget. He also has tons of other financial advice.  

If you are wanting to make more money, what can you do to reach your goals? Commit to working hard? Setting aside more time? Finding a new job? Organizing? 

The resources for de-cluttering, organization, and goal setting are endless. There are tons of pins on Pinterest, videos on YouTube, podcasts… you name it. One of my favorite resources for organization, time management, and overall goal setting is Chalene Johnson’s “30 Day Challenge” which you can find at http://www.30daypush.com.


What type of rut are you in? What change do you need to make to be happier and more fulfilled? (Feel free to comment below.) More sleep? Maybe waking up earlier to be more productive? More quiet time with God? Does something in a relationship need to be improved?

Whatever you need to change to get out of your rut, make it happen. Make it a priority, commit, and take the first step to making a change. You don’t have to take ten steps right now, just one. One step at a time, one day at a time. Wherever you are in your life right now will NOT magically change. So if you are unhappy being stuck in a rut, you must be intentional and make some sort of change. Stop settling for mediocre, and a life of simple routine. Start reaching for a life full of purpose and passion!







Motto in a Minute: I am Victorious in Christ!

The motto I have transformed my life to live by is, “Progress, not perfection” written by Lara Casey in her great book “Make It Happen”. When I strive for perfection, not only do I beat myself up when I don’t reach it, but I miss out on what truly MATTERS most.

When I work towards progress instead, I am able to give myself grace along the way, and move forward keeping a positive attitude. With grace, many more days are sunny, and many more victories are won.

I challenge you to stop trying to measure up to high expectations or someone else’s goals. Just focus on making progress in the areas you are working on, and find victories today!

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV

When you get frustrated or start to feel like you aren’t measuring up, remind yourself “I am victorious in Christ!” Declare it and believe it!