Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Have you ever felt like you were not good enough? I sure have. I have struggled for years with insecurities in many different parts of my life. Feeling like I wasn't good enough, like I had to prove myself yet still wasn't measuring up. I've struggled with this in my marriage, motherhood, homemaking, being a children's pastor, leading women's ministries, writing and more. I want to be enough, yet I'm just not.

Jennie Allen tells us in her new book Nothing to Prove,
But we are not enough. We are not God. We don't have all the answers, all the wisdom, all the strength, all the energy. We are finite sinful beings. And that is okay.

That is so freeing! We don't have to be enough because God is! If we are striving to live for God we can have faith that He is enough and we can stop trying to prove ourselves. It's exhausting!

Jennie also says in Nothing to Prove,
He says, I am the bread of life.
He is the bread of life...we are not.
He says, I am the light of the world.
He is the light...we are not.
He says, I am the door.
He is the door...we are not.
He says, I am the way, the truth.
We are not.
He is enough. We are not.
When we remember all that God is, when we truly get that into our heads and our hearts, we stop trying to prove ourselves and instead begin to do life with God letting Him be who He is.

Jennie always blessed me with her words. Be sure to pick up a copy of Nothing to Prove and learn to stop trying so hard and just live with God. Nothing to Prove is available January 31 but you can preorder now! To order, just click HERE.

Giveaway! One blessed reader will get a hardback signed copy of Nothing to Prove and this beautiful Nothing to Prove necklace! To enter to win, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Blessings.

Jonah was caught sleeping on the boat heading to Tarshish. When it comes to your marriage, don't be like Jonah. Don't get caught sleeping. Join me at Woman to Woman Ministries today as we talk about sleeping while a storm brews. Click HERE.

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2130. Safe trip for my teens as they went to a conference.

2131. Getting a lot of work done in our basement.

2132. A birthday lunch for my son.

2133. Sunday nap.

2134. Seeing my husband read the Word.

Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Earlier this month Dayspring brought us the very first book by the {in}courage team, Craving Connection. This book is incredible, a must read, for every woman, whether an introvert or an extrovert. (To see my review, click HERE.) Now, Dayspring is bringing us the brand new Illustrated Faith monthly kit inspired by {in}courage's book Craving Connection, it's the Craving Connection Kit.

God has been calling me to step out of my shy, comfortable bubble and learn to connect more with other women. Something I deeply crave, yet is not easy for this super shy girl. But this book and the kit devotional are amazing tools that are helping me.

This kit is gorgeous! Take a look at our live Facebook unboxing:

The Craving Connection kit includes:
• 1 plastic pouch
• 1 devotional booklet
• 1 clear stamp collection
• 1 roll of washi tape
• 1 sheet of cut out paper pieces
• 2 cardstock sticker sheets
• 3 tip-ins
• 1 magnet
• 1 thank you card from Shanna

I am only 2 days into this devotional and I can already tell you, it is hitting me! The verse in day 2 is Psalm 34:18. Something that God showed me recently. After feeling like I had been kicked in the gut by circumstances going on, God reminded me that He knows and He is near. I am so thankful this popped up again, what a beautiful confirmation!

Be sure to pick up Craving Connection the book, available now, and the Craving Connection Illustrated Faith kit, available January 24th.

ALSO...Dayspring, Illustrated Faith and {in}courage are doing an Instagram Takeover! Be sure you are following @dayspringcards, @illustratedfaith and @incourage on Instagram. Then on Monday, January 24th, keep and eye out on these accounts as these ministries introduce their teams, share stories and host amazing giveaways! You will not want to miss it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Maybe it's a woman thing. Maybe it's a mom thing. Or maybe it's a just human thing. Whatever it is, sometimes I struggle with trying to do things on my own. I want to handle my own problems, make my own path, set my own goals and fulfill my own desires. The problem is, doing it alone always leaves us empty.

Recently when struggling to understand why, after all of my attempts to get through to my son, why hadn't anything worked. I sat there in tears wondering why my efforts weren't working. That's when God nudged me saying, Surrender him to me. But God! I pray for him every single day! Yes, but you are not surrendering him to Me. Could I really be holding on to my son so tightly that I wasn't letting God do His work? Can I really be holding on to all of my situations so tightly instead of surrendering? I knew the answer, a resounding yes.

I have to surrender my children to God. He loves them more than I ever could, and oh my mama heart loves these children more than my next breath! It doesn't matter what our struggle is, we must surrender it over to God. Completely lay it at His feet. But it's not just our issues and our trials, it is our every day life that we have to surrender to God.

Surrender is aligning our heart, desires and plans to God's. Surrender is choosing God's way over our way. Surrender is to begin to let God shape us. Surrender is saying:

I have been crucified with Christ; 
it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
Romans 6:13

I want to give all I am to God. I want to completely lay myself bare and let Him lead me where He wants me. I want Him to mold me and make me into what He plans for me. When we begin to truly surrender in our every day life, God begins to do a beautiful thing. But we have to surrender first.

I love the words of this worship song. Listen and let the words flood over you as you begin to open your hands and heart to God. Give all of who you are to Him. Let Him begin to shape you, your ideas, your plans, your desires, your heart, everything. Surrender all to Him.

Linking with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Bible journaling has become one of my favorite forms of worship. Not just drawing, using washi or stamping, but also the note taking. I love writing notes about what God is showing me in my quiet time or writing out verses that were important at that moment. And colorful stamps and washi help make them stick out in my memory.

The new Journal the Word Bible is a great Bible for jouraling your way through the Word. This NKJV Bible is hard cover and large print. The lined margin is wide, making it perfect for taking notes or drawing. Whether you are a gifted artist or a new beginner, whether you want to journal artistically or write out Scriptures and prayers, the Journal the Word Bible is perfect.

To enter to win a Journal the Word Bible, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.