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I celebrate another year on this earth this I’m excited to turn another year older. Honestly I am. I have loved my 30’s so much. As I keep getting older, I realize the importance of the little things. As a kid, celebrating my birthday was a big ordeal. As it should be. Celebrating life is something worth celebrating in my opinion. We shouldn’t stop celebrating life just because we are getting older right?

I’ve decided to do something different for myself this up and coming year. At first when I was thinking about it, the concept sounded really selfish. Then…

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The Rescue

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message Version)

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of…

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Random Words of Kindness

I promise, if you’re ever having a bad day, this simple gesture will turn it around instantlycompliment a stranger.

Several years ago when I was working on overcoming certain aspects of my social anxiety, I started making a conscious effort to do things that make me uncomfortable. One of those things was paying compliments to strangers as they came to me. You’ve all been there, you’re walking through a store and spot a cute pair of shoes, or the most amazing hair you’ve ever seen, and make a mental note of it. I simply took this one step further…

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An Independent Freefall | A Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Whether it was nature or nurture, I certainly developed a knack for being an independent girl. I was proud of the fact that I needed very little help with schoolwork, paying my own way (once I was out of the house of course), cooking, cleaning, working, you name it. I was always the one who helped other people and it felt so good to be so responsible and independent. Even in my marriage I have spent the last almost 10 years doing most things for myself, cringing when I needed help from my husband.

All this changed for me when…

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Seasons

Seasons, Experiencing God's faithfulness

One of my dad’s favorite songs is inspired by a Bible verse in Ecclesiastes 3,  entitled “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds. It starts out by saying, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven”. If you’ve heard the song, there’s a few “turn turn turns” in between those words, just as there are in life I’m learning.

Recently, I’ve been waking up with thoughts of home on the brain and when I say…

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Stop. Breathe. Feel.

Mommy life is bananas, yo.  First, you go through pregnancy and lose half of your brain.  Your body shifts and changes to the point that you don’t really recognize or feel like you will ever be you again.  Then you have your little bundle of joy and depending on what your particular batch of hormones are, you lose the other 1/2 of your brain, fight off sleep exhaustion to look at this tiny miracle, figure out how on earth to keep them alive and keep your sanity, and still try to be a decent human for your husband to…

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Self Care: The Importance of Putting YOU First

Before I became a mom, I did not know the meaning or importance behind self care. Sure, I took my multivitamin and made sure to brush my teeth daily.  I guess what I mean is– the true meaning of taking care of my own needs in order to flourish in all areas of my life. I learned this lesson the hard way! Like many first-time moms, I was in the trenches of the 4th trimester with a colicky newborn and the sleep deprivation was starting to break me.  All I could think about was making sure my baby was taken…

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Gathering at the Table

GatheringI recently blurted out at dinner to my husband, “If we ever plant a church, I want to call it The Gathering”. He chuckled, and continued to eat our yummy lemon herb chicken and potatoes. While I’m pretty sure that there are multiple churches around the United States that have this name, something just hit me as I was sitting around our dinner table with the man I love most in the world. Maybe it was some of the artwork we have on the wall that talks about…

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I dare you

Music has always had a part in my life.  I learn better by singing, I love to dance to music and in general, I just love to sing.  In fact, I’m always singing.  You might not hear me, but you better believe there is SOME song playing in my head at any given moment of the day.

And it could literally be ANYthing.  I mean, I make up songs if I don’t know one that fits the situation.  And I hear that people get frustrated because a song gets stuck in their head but, well, that’s just constant for me until…

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Friends or “Friends”?

Friends or "Friends?"For the past couple weeks, I have severely limited my time on social media. As a millennial who loves having a smart phone, taking pictures and being online, this was a huge challenge. My husband and I have been attending a new church, which started a Daniel Fast on January 10th. A Daniel Fast, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is a time during which one cuts out pretty much everything but water, fruits, and veggies from their diet as a way to turn their…

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Let Go

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

This verse has always been a tough one for me to put into practice. I am a chatty, energetic, and some may say, squirrelly, extroverted, curious woman and I have never been one to sit under a tree for an afternoon and ponder my thoughts in a journal. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I were more like that sometimes. But it’s just not me. It’s not the way Jesus wired me. So the concept of being still often sounds to me like being put in “time out.” Or like…

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Cultivating a Heart of Love

About a year ago I started to reconnect with one of the leaders from my days of attending college group at church. We hadn’t really been in contact for quite a number of years and then we met again in a mutual friend’s hair salon.  As I listened to her talk in the salon that night her words resonated with me. A few weeks later I found myself struggling through some things and felt the Lord prompting me to reach out to her. We texted a little bit and then scheduled a coffee date to meet up and talk…

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Spark

Spark

“From a little spark may burst a flame.” – Dante Alighieri

Something sparked in me when my husband, Jimmy, managed the Phoenix Police Department’s VICE unit a few years ago.  Well, to be honest, the spark didn’t happen immediately and in fact, it really wasn’t there at all when he first announced his new position.

In the VICE role, Jimmy worked with several resources around the Phoenix-metro area to not only raise awareness on the issue of sex trafficking but to partner with valley organizations and the ASU School of Social…

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Living in the most “connected” world the Earth has ever known, boundaries have taken a huge hit. Obviously, I’m using the word connected here loosely and with a bit of sarcasm, because I feel our tech savvy generation is actually one of the most disconnected from human interaction.

Boundaries are important– they’re safeguards to protect our families and ourselves. “Boundaries” is also my word for 2016. I am personally on a journey to have more separation between work and home, and to spend more intentional time with my family, so I don’t miss out on these precious early years while…

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In God’s Time

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now, but I haven’t quite found the words to do so. The past few months, well more like the past year, I’ve been getting extremely emotional about the idea of having children. I’m not sure if it is because of hormones, the overwhelmingly amount of young families in our area, my work environment, or simply my stage of life, but I do know that living in a city far away from friends and family has revealed the desire in my heart to be a mother. Sometimes, it’ll be an Instagram or…

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