A life to love

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When Looking For Love, Check Your Standards

A few months ago, a Christian woman in her 20s and I were discussing dating. Her girlfriends often seem to say yes to any guy that asks just so they don’t have to sit at home lonely on a Friday night.  My new friend seemed […]

Loss in Life – Your Platform or Your Prison

My heart is a little overwhelmed right now.  Yours might be too.  What do you do with a loss in life?  Especially when it is a loss of life?  In the past month, hurricanes have devastated thousands of lives.  Two close friends of mine are […]

Fresh eating: Dairy Free, Nut Free Chia Pudding Bowl

Dairy-Free, Tree Nut-Free Chia Pudding Bowl

Anyone else love food?  Food that tastes good and feels good?  This creamy & dreamy chia pudding bowl is just that, and you can build it to fit your tastes and health choices!  If you can eat tree nuts (I can’t), you can sub the coconut milk for almond milk, or use granola that has nuts, or just add nuts to the layers.  The sky is the limit (kind of).  This bowl suits us because we are dairy-free (my husband) and nut-free (me). Note: peanuts are a legume, so I do use peanuts in this.

This deliciousness can also be a great fit for your lifestyle.  If you’re an on-the-go person, pour a little pudding in small containers so they’re ready for you on your way out the door.  You can layer on some sliced bananas and sprinkle some granola on it, and bam!  You’re on your way.  You can eat it in the car (is that illegal?), when you get to work, or stick it in the fridge as a snack later. (more…)

Your Life Has Purpose Even If…

“Your life is valuable and full of purpose even if you don’t have kids.”  Those were the words from my friend, Lauren, after I expressed my conflicting feelings of having kids of my own at the age of 40.  It was a gentle sentence slap […]

How To Encourage Your Husband – A Lesson From Fixer Upper

Let’s just get this straight: little boys get to wear superhero capes and pjs, and grown men want to.  Isn’t that why there is a new superhero blockbuster every summer?!  My church’s current series is on heroes, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the […]

How To Find Certainty in Uncertain Times

Have you heard the quote that the only thing you can be certain of is uncertainty?  You are either coming out of it, heading into it, or know someone who is in the middle of it.  Is it your health?  Your child’s health?  Your job?  Your marriage?  Your singleness?  Whatever it is I know you can relate to the lesson I got last weekend with my husband…

As we left our car in the parking lot, I made the comment “I have no idea where to start”.  There were no less than three trails in addition to the one on the other side of the street.  My husband, exasperated by the situation, reminded me that he didn’t either.  He had suggested that I look at the map earlier.

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Do You Ever Struggle Finding Your Self-Worth?

Do you remember middle school?  Gaw!  It’s like the breeding ground for low self-worth!  You compare yourself, for better or for worse, with all the other girls.  You begin to find your worthiness  in popularity, cheer teams, grades, boys’ attention, and friends.  Don’t EVEN get […]

7 Smart Things to Do to Find A Husband – Your Forever Love

Dating is a funny concept.  The 13 year-old girls I used to teach always told stories about the boys they were “dating”.  Dating?  Really?  I’m pretty sure your mother would shut down your phone if she found out you texted anything – remotely – suggestive.  […]

Living with Intention

You are worth more than wandering. You are worthy of success in every way imaginable.

Have you ever seen a roundabout?  Specifically the European roundabout?  It’s the intersection that forces drivers to yield to the traffic already circling, and then for the driver to do a hop out of the circle.  Kind of like double Dutch jump rope but with cars.

At the age of 23, one of my closest friends and I ended up on a road trip in Spain and Portugal.  Long story short, we rented a car that was a stick shift and neither one of us knew how to drive it.  And although we weren’t experienced with this type of car, driving on the autobahn at 140 kilos didn’t intimidate us.  The roundabouts did.

The thing about roundabouts is that upon entering you have to adjust to the speed of the other cars, get over to where you need to exit, and hop on out of the circle.  Otherwise, you could be stuck literally driving in circles.  Headed in no direction.  I’m sure you can imagine how many times that happened to us.

And this, my friends, is what I did when I was 23 in Europe, and then how I lived my life for the next 10 years.  (more…)

10 Food Documentaries for a Fresh Perspective

There are two kinds of people in this world.  Those that set new health goals at the beginning of a year and those that give New Year’s resolutions the cold shoulder, thereby affirming that a number on a calendar is not going to subject them […]