The Perfect Combination of Princess and Warrior

The Perfect Combination of Princess and Warrior

I wanted to take a little time today to explain the "warrior" mentality because I believe it easy to misunderstand so, I want to make sure we're all on the same page. Also, I believe we are all warriors and it is important for you to understand why. Let me start by saying this, the definition of a warrior is " a brave or experienced soldier or fighter." Seeking after God has always been a priority in my life since I became a Christian at age … [Read more...]

How to Forgive Someone Who Ripped Your Life Apart

How to Forgive Someone Who Ripped Your Life Apart

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14-15 NIV That's intense. I turned 32 and real life hit me like a mad truck straight up in the face. All of the sudden I experienced pain I had never experienced before which managed to snowball into a pile of pain and loss. For some of you, you have been … [Read more...]

How to Bounce Back When You’ve Been Knocked Down

How to Bounce Back When You've Been Knocked Down

Many of you have read my story and you know, I have been knocked down. Way down. In fact, I think it's safe to say, I was knocked down several times in a row. Several of you have been in that place and I'm sure, several of you are in that place right now. Isn't it amazing how fast life can change? I always had a pretty idealistic point of view, I was moving forward in what I felt to be God's will for my life and up until age 32, I had not … [Read more...]

I am a Woman and I am a Warrior

I Am A Warrior

Shirt from Ella Reu Designs For years womanhood and weakness have gone hand in hand. Innocent smiles, quiet demeanor, never having a strong opinion, all of these things flow together with this image of this so-called "perfect woman" that seemed to be always taking care of everyone else yet completely unable to take care of herself. I was shocked when I went through my divorce, I could not believe the strength I had when I had no choice but to … [Read more...]

Becoming a Survivor: Overcoming Stalking, Harassment and Online Bullying

Becoming a Survivor: Overcoming Stalking, Harassment and Online Bullying

Read the whole article on SheKnows.com. It began as text messages mainly to my boyfriend, veiled threats demanding money from him or my reputation, as a public figure, would be destroyed. “It can either haunt her forever or not. You haven’t seen anything yet. Hell hath no fury.” Then, I started seeing flashes of light when I would walk to my car and soon realized those lights were camera flashes. At one point, she jumped out from behind a … [Read more...]

What is Love? A Reflection on God’s Definition of Love

What is Love? I Don't Think It's What I Thought

I am sitting at a beautiful wooden table in the dining room of a friend’s cottage, secluded in the trees, hidden by endless leaves, winding roads and silence. I can see the sun through the clear glass windows reflecting off the lake down the road and shining through the winter trees as it sets. I have gone to write, to take time to breath or better said, to catch my breath amongst the busyness of this life. As I sit here praying through the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Keep Your Sanity as a Single Parent

10 ways to keep your sanity as a single parent

Single parenting is hard. Step-parenting is hard. Parenting is hard. There's nothing easy about this process no matter which stage you might be in. That being said, I want to focus today on single parenting because it is a different breed all together. I remember those times, the times my kids were sick and I needed someone to run to the store to get the medicine but no one was there. I remember needing to work but my kids needed me more so, I … [Read more...]

Redefining Brave

Redefining Brave

The word "brave" has meant a lot to me over the last few years. Traditionally, the word is defined as "people who are ready to face or endure pain." I was not brave in that sense of the word, at least not in the beginning. However, over time and with much perseverance, I became brave. I became stronger and eventually, I became a "warrior." A warrior is defined as "a brave or experienced soldier or fighter." Years of trials produced bravery … [Read more...]

Being a Family on Purpose

Being a Family on Purpose

We have all heard of living intentionally, having a purpose and purposing to do this or that. All of those things are true and good but what about being a family on purpose? Have you ever had a house full of children sitting completely silent because of the constant attention demanded by their phones or iPads? In your house full of people, have you ever felt alone? That's where being a family on purpose comes in. In our home, we have … [Read more...]

In the Quiet Place…Thoughts on Worship

Thoughts on Worship

Flashing lights, loud music, smoke filling the room, drum beat beating through my chest, lost in a crowd of strangers, each of us staring straight ahead missing everything around us as we watch the show. I have a degree in Biblical Studies (pastoral ministry), back in the day I took a class on worship. The professor talked about the new form of worship as though it were out to destroy the church as we know it. I'd be lying if I told you I … [Read more...]