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I don’t do it all (and why you shouldn’t either)

This post first appeared in 2016 but I thought it was time for an update!! If you’ve read The Finishing School, you have already heard me quote Professor Bruce Hindmarsh when he said: “Busyness is moral laziness [because it is often a statement of our excuse to be inattentive to people]…But God has given us just enough time to do what we need to do moment by moment to respond

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Motherhood is more than a meme

Have you seen Yes Day yet? That movie with Jennifer Garner who’s a mom who says no a lot and when she realizes she’s no longer her fun-loving self, she’s determined to shed the grumpy mom and be the fun mom again.  When the story started developing, I looked at Tyler and said “Who’s the lesson for in this movie?” because I felt all the eyeballs on me. Am I a

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Necklaces that prompt us to pray

Summer Ellis has become such a sweet friend through our visits to Magnolia Market for vendor fairs that when she approached us about collaborating on a collection of necklaces it was a no-brainer! We’ve joked before that if Val Marie Paper was a jewelry company, it would be Summer Ellis Bijouterie. Val doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, but has begun wearing a couple of her pieces because of how

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12 Books in Quarter 1

As I’m starting to give updates on my goals each quarter, I’m also going to include the books I was able to read. (If you missed my quarter 1 goals update, click here.) Thinner Leaner Stronger –  Michael Mathews This is the book that got me weight-lifting. There’s a simple plan and lots of background info if you’re a beginner like me!  Alive to God in Prayer – Donald E.

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Quarter 1 Update

Today I wanted to share a recap of Quarter 1. Our goal series is one of the favorites of the year, so I thought it’d be fun to do mini recaps each quarter instead of waiting till the end of the year! Here’s a recap of my goals for 2021 and what I did in Q1 as well as Answered Prayers. Later this week, I’ll share the 13 books I’ve

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Are we sabotaging our mornings?

A few weeks ago I found an article about “revenge bedtime procrastination”. It’s when we stay up late for no reason, usually scrolling our phones or Netflixing. The kicker they mentioned though was that we do these things “past the point that it feels good.”  When I saw the article, I knew what they were talking about, but reading about the reason why we typically do this was eye-opening.  I’ll

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A walk through Easter week

I remember sitting in the movie theater watching Passion of the Christ. I was 19 and had heard about God my whole life and committed to following Him years before. But so often, when we read about the Bible, we can separate it in our minds. The sheer overwhelm of what Jesus’ death and resurrection really mean gets lost on us. We know it really happened but do we really

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Re-evaluating the Enneagram

This might be one of the toughest posts I’ve written. I know how widespread the Enneagram is. I know it’s widely accepted. I personally really wanted it to be okay. But I’m not a “one” anymore. If you know about the Enneagram, you likely have an idea of what a “one” means. And no, my number didn’t change. I’ve changed my views on the Enneagram as a whole.  Normally, I

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How to pray confidently and consistently

After 8 years and thousands of conversations with our audience on prayer, I’ve learned the biggest struggles plaguing our prayer lives–feeling unsure of how to do it “right” and trying to figure out how to do it in a busy world.  We long to pray confidently and consistently. And it’s not to check something off the list in our planner, but so that we can experience intimacy with our Creator. 

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How to pray for life-change

People know me as a pretty disciplined person, which is true in many cases, but when it comes to food, I have zero discipline. I will take any excuse to indulge in things. Honestly, the only time I can truly have discipline with food is when it’s a spiritual fast. Otherwise, I can say I’m going to do something and bail almost instantly.  Lately, I’ve felt conviction about my ability

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Leaving insta update

It’s been a month since I announced leaving Instagram and I wanted to give a little update! I know I’ve been so curious to hear what life is like after a departure like that. It sounds so dramatic, but life really is different and today I wanted to share how. 1. I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT THE DECISION. I want to start here because I’m surprised how great it feels.

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