Festive Mason Jar Decorations

Mason Jar Crafts Glitter Jars Materials: mason jar, various colors of glitter, ribbon (optional), decorative stick tape (optional), paint brushes, clear craft glue, small votive candle You can use any size mason jar. You know you are from the south when you have mason jars stashed away like old college sweat shirts. We love mason…

Look up, Child!

Christmas is such a wonderful reminder of faith. I’ve always pondered the time after an event and the time the event becomes a memory that you can either laugh at or accept with more grace than the actual moment of occurrence.  How easily a mother forgets the pain of childbirth when her heart desires another…

December: The Gift of Faith

When you are open to change and seeking, you are open to opportunities. I remember in January 2018 deciding that I would concentrate on a word a month for growth spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Can you believe another year has come to an end?! For December, through a series of events, messages, and seeking, the…

Each Word A Gift

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving 2018! Today many of you will either travel to multiple homes of friends and family, or perhaps you are the host or hostess of this big day where everyone gathers around like a Hallmark movie to eat, fellowship, and enjoy each other’s company. The reality of mishaps and exhaustion setting…

Peppermint Snowballs

Why is this recipe in my optimism category? It started with my oldest winning a weekend away with her husband to a marriage retreat called “A Weekend to Remember”. The win was during a time that both of us were seeking, praying, and believing God for different. Because they went away, we were asked to…

Optimism and Hope: A Daily Practice

I love myself some Brene’ Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. That’s the short version of her work. If you want more information on the books she has written and her work, please visit brenebrown.com. On my way to…

November Brings the Word Optimism

How optimistic are you about your life? I’m reading and listening on Audible to a book called, “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. I listened to the author read her book about lies we believe and how to move past them so we can become who we were meant to be. Great book. Great…

The Smallest of Things

When you are desperate for an answer or intervention, God shows up in the small things. It really is the smallest of connections and the simplicity of words spoken that invade and conquer. Sure, I would love a million dollars to pay off debt and retire, an instant healing, and throw in winning my very…

Rooted 2018: Worthy

Brene Brown is one of my favorite researchers and authors. She challenges us to not “hustle for our worth”. Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable, and imperfect….

RISE

Each month a word is chosen from life experiences and prayer. The month of September just happened like the coming of unexpected rain showers. I was at a loss for a word. I could not find a single word that spoke to how I was thinking and feeling spiritually. I talked to my husband and…