• ADVOCATE,  FAITH,  INTENTION,  LIVING

    Restlessness and Thought Bubbles

    Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something; He gave you the desire, some gifts to help you with it but it feels like He forgot to give you the map to get there? This is the space I have been in lately. And by lately, I really mean the last four years. It has me completely restless because I feel like I was made for more (which is pretty much the title and subtitle of the book, Restless). This “normal” western life is not the kind of life I feel called to live. I feel as though I am supposed to make a difference somewhere…

  • 14 Christian Books that will Challenge, Inspire and Ruin Your Life - in a good way. Books that will completely change you.
    ADVOCATE,  BOOKS,  FAITH,  LIVING

    14 Books That Will Leave You Challenged, Inspired and Ruined

    People read books for a variety of different reasons, for some they like light and fluffy books to escape from life, for others they like deep books that challenge them and others, like myself, like a mix of the two. Today I wanted to share a list of books that have challenged, inspired and ruined my life. If you want some non-light reading, this list is for you. That being said, these books aren’t hard to read because they are written poorly or written as text books. They are hard to read because they have been written in a way that makes you analyze your life. It’s easy to see…

  • Lessons from the book A Man Called Ove
    FAITH,  HOSPITALITY,  LIVING

    Five Lessons I Learned About Being a Good Neighbor from A Man Called Ove

    Last week I read the book A Man Called Ove. I’ve heard of this book floating around for awhile now but I’m not usually big into contemporaries so I didn’t think much of it. But then, a few weeks ago I read And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by the same author and it moved me to tears so I was ready to give A Man Called Ove a chance. It turns out it also moved me to tears. And I learned some lessons on how to be a good neighbor in the process.     SPOILER ALERT! If you plan on reading this book in…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    As the Waiting Continues

    I’ve questioned many times in the last three years why God seems to like to make us wait. There have been days where I have felt like I honestly could not handle the weight of waiting any longer, it felt like a physical pressure on my chest, one that was affecting my ability to breathe. In the last year there were many days where I wondered if the road towards adoption would close to us again, for good this time. I was starting to doubt that it would actually happen. To say the last few months have been a struggle would be fairly accurate. When we finally got that call…

  • FAITH,  LIFE

    My Life Vision Statement

    I have been working lately at coming up with my life vision statement, inspired by the book Organized Simplicity and this post by Whitney. I didn’t get my vision statement as concise as I would like it and I am sure it will change and evolve over the next few years (because had I made one a few years ago it would have looked completely different). But for now my life vision statement is as follows . . . I aim to bring glory to Christ in all I do by: * investing in family and friends * loving and serving in my community * living simply * being a life long…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    Prayer in the Waiting

    While I’ve been taking time in the last month to write my little eBook devotional I’ve been thinking a lot about all you out there who are also waiting. The waiting game can be a hard one. And I know that I’m not the only one in it. One of the things I’ve been doing lately is trying to not get caught up in my own life while I’m in this season but try to focus on and encourage others. A couple of years ago I read a few amazing books on prayer; The Circle Maker and Sun Stand Still which revolutionized my prayer life (both of which are great reads, I…