Category: Inspiration

Gardening Tips & Inspiration

It’s springtime, and if you can’t tell, I’m in the mood for sunshine and gardening. I’ve rounded up some gardening tips to inspire us all to get outside, get dirt under our fingernails, and sow some seeds.

1. Grab a permanent market and write the names of plants on the flat faces of stones. Use various sizes of stones and place at the base of plants for a natural look. [hgtv.com]

2. Plant vegetables successively. Stagger the planting time of seeds to have a continual supply during harvesting instead of an over abundance of a vegetable at any one time. [countryfarm-lifestyles.com]

3. Ready to grow your own fresh food? Consider using a garden planner, such as this one from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

4. Add some pretty pots and a variety of herbs and plants to brighten up your garden. Shop a few of my favorite garden-inspired products here.

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Decisions, Decisions

“My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.”

~ Theodore Hesburgh

 

We’ve all been there. Door after door. Choice after choice. Decisions, decisions. We have multiple opportunities before us. We have a decision to make. And this is no small decision; it’s a big decision, at least in the moment. What job to take. Where to live. Who to hire. Where to go to college. On and on it goes. We are constantly faced with decisions, many of which can affect the trajectory of our lives. It can be overwhelming at times, wondering if we are making the right choice. Decision-making doesn’t have to be stressful; it can be a peaceful process. So how do we have peace instead of stress? Continue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

The Thief

It can rob us of our joy.

It leads us to discontentment.

It distracts us to the point where we lose our focus.

It destroys our passion.

It steals encouragement and breeds criticism.

Who is this thief that steals and destroys if we give it the opportunity?

It’s the thief of comparison.

Sometimes the thief of comparison catches us off guard. It can be kind of sneaky after all. Sometimes this thief is blatantly obvious, staring us down. If we’re not careful, comparison will steal and destroy our joy, contentment, focus, passion, and encouragement of others.

How does it happen?

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In the Midst of the Storm

We all face storms. Grieving the death of a loved one. Losing a job. A dream unfilled. A rebellious child. A friend that lets us down. A flood that sweeps away our belongings. A disappointment.

We can let the storms of life push us away from Jesus or closer to Him. What is our response going to be in the midst of the storm?

There are some amazing lessons to glean from Matthew 14 on life in the midst of the storm.

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You Have a Calling

The Great Commission…

Have you heard of it?

Do you know what it is?

Are you doing your part in fulfilling it?

If you have been a Jesus follower for a while, you have probably heard of The Great Commission. But in case you haven’t or maybe aren’t familiar with the phrase, I want to give you a little background. Matthew 28:16-20 is often referred to as The Great Commission. This isn’t just because your Bible might have this heading before that section of verses (those headings are not part of the original biblical text); it’s because this is a place in Scripture where Jesus commissions, or commands, His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus, both fully God and fully man, had just been crucified (Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37), buried (Matthew 28:57-66; Mark 52:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42), and risen from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10). Jesus was soon to ascend, or return, to heaven (Acts 1:1-11). At this point, Jesus would no longer be walking and living upon this earth as a man. He would still, and always will be, fully God. Between His death/resurrection and ascension, Jesus charged His followers with continuing the work of making disciples and teaching the word of God to all nations.

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Running the Race

I used to run. Now, not so much. I’m more of a walker these days. But one day, back in the day when I ran fairly regularly, I started out on my morning run and crossed paths with another runner. She was running at a faster pace than I was, seemed to be closer to the end of her morning run, and yet, I couldn’t see a drop of sweat on her.

Now me on the other hand? I looked like I had just rolled out of bed, and by the end of my run, my face was red and the sweat was dripping.

I’ve decided I’m not a very graceful runner. But then again, how many of us are?

Then I would hear about other people’s runs – they’re running at a faster pace or longer distance than me. So the comparisons would begin but then…
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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

One of my firm beliefs is that everyone has a purpose. Every single life has meaning. Every single person has unique gifts, talents, and personality traits that have the potential to make a life-long, deep, good impact. Not everyone chooses to use their gifts in a positive way, but all have the potential to be a light in their local community and the world.

Many people will use their gifts, talents, and personality to make a huge, positive impact in the world. Some will be in the public eye where all can see the good they do, while others will serve well behind the scenes. Whether our opportunities and personalities lead us to serve publicly, privately, or both, when we use our gifts and talents for good, we make a deep impact on our little part of the world.

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Your Circle of Influence

You may have anywhere from a few seconds to a lifetime to influence the people in your life. There are people whose lives will intersect with yours momentarily, and you have a split second to smile and brighten up their day in some small way. It might be the cashier at the grocery store, the man you pass as you walk through the parking lot, the teenage girl at the drive-through window, the person sitting the next cubicle over, or the woman working in the toll booth. You may see this person again or this may be your only opportunity to influence them.

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Friday Favorites

This is the first edition of Friday Favorites. Every Friday I am going to share a few of my favorite things. It might be my current favorite products, quotes, travel destinations, Scripture verses, or something completely random. I hope you join in on the fun and share a few of your favorites with me.

For the launch of Friday Favorites, I’ve decided to share what inspires, motivates, and encourages me the most – 10 of my favorite Scripture verses!

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” I believe that all Scripture is God-breathed. God speaks, encourages, inspires, sharpens, and challenges me through His word. The more time I spend reading the Bible, the more I am stretched to be a better reflection of Jesus Christ to the world.
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If people know just one verse from the Bible, it is often John 3:16. This is a verse I have heard my entire life, but I don’t ever want to take the message for granted. God loves you and me so much that He gave of Himself. He wants us. He wants us to repent (turn away) from our sin and live in such a way that shows we truly believe that God is who He says He is.

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You Have a Purpose

You have a purpose.

Yes, you. Not just the person behind you or sitting next to you. They have a purpose, but so do you.

You have a purpose uniquely designed for you.

Do  you know you have a purpose? Do you believe it?

If you are reading this right now and are struggling to believe this, please hear me. You are wanted, and you are needed. You may feel like no one cares. You may feel all alone at this moment. Don’t quit living. Your life matters. You matter. You have a crucial role to fill. You have so much value to add into the lives of others. You are worth it. Continue reading “You Have a Purpose”