Are You Pretending?

Make no mistake about it: we live in an EXTREMELY materialistic world. We are surrounded by nice cars, big expensive houses, beautiful clothing, flat-screen HD tv’s, tempting advertisements, and pressure to become “filthy rich”. Most Christians would rather not talk

Inspired to Spend More Time with God

After talking to a few of my friends, and hearing the amazing growth the Lord is doing in their lives, I decided to take a challenge. This challenge is one I have been thinking about for awhile, and the reason

Have You Ever Heard the Song…

“Think Good Thoughts” by Colbie Caillat? The reason I ask is because I was cleaning my house the other day, and it came on Pandora. Realizing that this wasn’t just another pop song with repetitive lyrics, I listened up and

A Life Purposed for Good

Many of us have read, heard, and listened to sermons that include Romans 8:28, “28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to

Bring Easter Into Your Week

The joy that comes from this weekend is unforgettable. We remember the glory of our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross, and we can reflect on the amazing act of His resurrection. We have so much to be grateful for, and

Accountability in a Self-Made World

One of the most glorious, yet most devastating parts of the “American dream” is that you usually get there alone. It’s lonely at the top, and you are encouraged to get there by stepping on many people, unable to see

What Your Kids Are Missing

This morning I was reading a great article on what all the talk of “entitlement” means to the kids and young adults of the day, and it was really eye-opening to see the changes that have come about in society

Natural Beauty in 3 Easy Steps

Lately I’ve been exploring different DIY beauty treatments, and finding unique ways that you can save money at home instead of paying for salon treatments. The results are pretty encouraging, and a lot of things you can do to naturally enhance

Why Work?

This morning I was reading through Ecclesiastes, and there is really only one way to describe some of the thoughts contained in this book – depressing. Solomon details his journeys through gaining riches, success, wealth, wisdom, possessions, and really anything

When Can I Start Investing?

A lot of us begin asking questions like this when we are in our early or late 20s. We suddenly realize that the responsibility of having a job, paying expenses, and starting to save bring on thoughts of…well…what you should

Encouraging Words from a Woman of Faith

Today I want to introduce you to my mom, one of the most beautiful and selfless women I have ever met. Her wisdom is absolutely timeless, and I have come to her for so many of my questions, thoughts, and

Why Should I Give More Than I Have To?

There is more to giving than simply an act of obedience and reluctance. Giving can bring you joy beyond what you may have ever imagined, and through giving, God can grow you in deeper and more intimate ways. Have you

Experiencing God’s Mercy

Do you ever have those mornings in church where your eyes are really opened? You’re able to listen to every word spoken, you connect with the specific scriptures, and you remember how powerful God’s grace can be in your life?