The Secret to Overcoming Shame

The Secret to Overcoming Shame

Does your heart ever flutter and sink at the same moment?

When I receive a genuine compliment, all too often that’s the response I have. My soul leaps for joy from their love, but a small voice tries to suppress it and tell me I’m not worthy of such high remarks.

“You are a good and faithful servant!” one of my dearest friends, a godly woman I look up to, told me as I shared my mission trip photos.

If she only knew of all the struggles I’ve gone through before and after that picture was taken.

There seemed to be more days than not that I would beat myself up for not putting Christ first and others above me.

Surely she would take back that compliment if she knew how little I was getting into the word that week.

How to Create a Flexible Meal Plan in 3 Easy Steps

How to Create a Flexible Meal Plan in 3 Easy Steps

I love cooking, but I hate picking out what I’m going to cook and planning ahead to have the ingredients on hand. A large part of stress around newlywed cooking involved simply not knowing what my mature-palleted (aka picky eater) husband wanted. I don’t have hours to prepare fancy meals like we enjoy creating together on the weekends, but as a wife, I want to serve my husband well with good food to eat. I had no idea where to start when it came to meal planning for two!

Why You Need a Budget to Experience Financial Freedom

Why You Need a Budget to Experience Financial Freedom

One won’t usually find the word “freedom” among the words most commonly associated with “budget”. But while one would think to set a restriction on the amount of money you spend monthly would leave you feeling closed off and limited, budgeting correctly actually does the opposite. Controlling what you do financially (instead of letting your finances control you) and knowing where your money is going each month gives you . . . peace. It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is why it works:

Why Your Marriage Has Eternal Purpose

Why Your Marriage Has Eternal Purpose

From as far back as I remember, I longed to be a wife.
Whenever my elementary school friends and I played house, I always had to be the mother.
There was just something about the love of a husband and wife that I so dearly wanted for myself.
The thing is, I think women intuitively desire marriage because from the beginning of time God said it was not good for man to be alone (see Genesis 2:18).
God gives his people desire to mirror him, to display his glory to the world.
In marriage, women hold a unique role in mirroring something much larger than themselves.
In preparing for my own marriage, I’ve come to realize that this something larger is the gospel.

How to Spend Time in God’s Word (even when you’re way too busy)

How to Spend Time in God’s Word (even when you’re way too busy)

You know you should read your Bible daily. But if you’re anything like me, some days are packed way too full with a demanding to-do list, crazy workload, and a pile of laundry to fold that’s been sitting for a day or two.

When’s a girl gonna do her Bible study?

Is Reading the Bible Daily Worth It?

Is Reading the Bible Daily Worth It?

I didn’t realize it, but the simple goal I set in the spring of 2015 completely changed my life. I told my now-husband, Silas, that I was contemplating reading the Bible, cover-to-cover. “Well, let’s start reading Genesis chapter one” he replied. I assumed that was the beginning, but admittedly I wasn’t certain. I still didn’t have a clue what the numbers indicated before and after the colons when people quoted the Bible! (I could only look up verses thanks to Google, I had no idea how to use that nifty little “chapter: verse number” system.)

An Open Letter to the Girl Battling Depression Alone

An Open Letter to the Girl Battling Depression Alone

How I wish I could hug you and let you cry in my arms. I would tell you how precious and beautiful you are, but you might not let my voice overpower the seemingly stronger one in your head. I know, because I’ve been there. I know, because some days, I’m still there. But something has changed in my life – something that makes smashing that evil voice in my mind possible.

How To Serve Your Spouse Through Homemaking

How To Serve Your Spouse Through Homemaking

No one warned me that when you get married your laundry doesn’t double – it most definitely triples. Let’s face it – sometimes housework isn’t fun at all (I’ve never heard anyone say their favorite hobby is cleaning toilets). But how does someone keep going through all the mundane chores and take care of their home with a cheerful attitude? It turns out homemaking really isn’t about the organization of things, the money you plan to spend, or the food you’re preparing.

What to Do When Your Plans are Exhausting You

What to Do When Your Plans are Exhausting You

Anxiety slowly choked me out as my brain fumbled to process all of the possibilities. I ranted to my best friend over the phone, frantically explaining all of the uncertainties that fogged my mind and panicked my soul. I didn’t know what to do, I felt completely and utterly lost.

6 Marriage Tips from a (Former Military) Police Wife

6 Marriage Tips from a (Former Military) Police Wife

The truth is, being Silas’ wife was the no-deal-breaker promise I needed to force me to trust God – no matter what – in our relationship. I married Silas because I knew I would be able to follow God better, and even in our few months of marriage that has proven to be true.

However, a loving Pastor gave me one of the greatest gifts a Pastor could give to a bride-to-be. A few phone calls and texts later, and he arranged a coffee date for me and a former military/current police wife. I gleaned so much wisdom and encouragement from Bethany over that java in Kansas City.