How And Why We Are Living Intentional In 2017

I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolutions kind of person. I tried calling them goals one year; I set 3 goals, accomplished 1, and threw the paper away sometime around June. ūüėČ As I was thinking about the coming year, one that will be filled with new adventures and excitement, I came across an idea that I like much better than resolutions: a focus word of the year. After talking to my husband and praying over it, we chose a word for 2017:¬†intentional.¬†Let me tell you a little bit about why we chose this word, how we’ll live it out, and how¬†you can join us in living intentional in 2017!

How And Why We Are Living Intentional In 2017

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What I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving!)

I’m a list maker. I love lists. I have a list of blog posts that are coming, a list of baby items that we need, a to-do list for the day and the week, but¬†somehow, I’ve never been the person to make a thankful list. To be honest, it seemed ridiculous; I know what I’m thankful for, so why do I need a¬†list? But this year, my heart is just too full. It’s bursting with joy and thankfulness, and I just can’t keep it inside. So for the first time ever, here is¬†what I’m thankful for.

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7 Verses To Inspire Thankfulness

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I love this time of year! The weather has finally cooled off, I’ve been¬†making memories with my husband, families are coming together to celebrate, and everyone just seems a little bit happier. ūüôā But it’s also a crazy season for so many of us. We’re traveling across the state, trying to see both families, bringing food to different celebrations … It can be a little bit stressful. So before we jump head first into the Thanksgiving celebrations, I want to take a few moments to inspire thankfulness in your heart. We all have so much to be thankful for, and I want us to remember and reflect on that. Take a moment to breathe, and let’s look at¬†7 verses to inspire thankfulness.

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Why The Election Doesn’t Scare Me

On November 8, 2016, we will elect the 45th president of the United States of America. The majority of America feels like neither major party candidate is fit for the job. Many of our rights are in jeopardy, and our presidential choice will absolutely determine the future of this nation. The next four years could be some of the worst in our history. And yet, I’m not afraid. I should be afraid. It makes sense to be afraid. But still, I can’t be afraid. Allow me to explain¬†why the election doesn’t scare me.

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One Piece of Advice For A Beautiful Marriage

People say that marriage is hard, but we haven’t experienced that. We’ve been in difficult life situations, sure, but marriage is the good part of it.

We were at a wedding not too long after we got married and there was a place to write advice for the couple. Caleb wrote one simple piece of advice, and it suddenly made sense why our marriage is so good, so beautiful.

There's lots of Christian marriage advice out there, but this one piece of advice needs to be the foundation of your marriage.
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Are Your Devotionals Actually Distracting You From God?

Jesus Calling.¬†My Utmost For His Highest.¬†Anything by Beth Moore. They’re devotionals that almost all of us have at least one copy of on our night stand, in our book case, or somewhere on our Kindle. Devotional books are meant to encourage you and help you grow¬†deeper in God’s Word. They’re wonderful; they really are. But I see so many women who dive into their devotional books first thing every morning, soaking up every word, but rarely open their Bible. Is that what God is calling us to? I don’t believe so; I believe He has so much more for us! Are your devotionals actually distracting you from God?¬†To find out, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Are Your Devotionals Actually Distracting You From God

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A Heart Like King David: Righteous and True

There are so many admirable men and women in the Bible to look up to and take our lead from. Noah, Moses, David, Esther, Job, Mary, Peter, Paul, Timothy … they all set the stage for those that would follow after them. Their ways were righteous and their hearts were true. There is so much we can learn from each of them, but today I want to take a look at David. His story is so complex, so riveting, but what I love most is his heart. Oh, how beautiful it would be to have a heart like King David.

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To The Christian On Their First Day Of College

Look at you!¬†You graduated high school; congratulations! You had an awesome summer of freedom, you attended new student orientation, you have the greatest¬†roommate and no classes before 10 AM, so¬†you’re ready to take on college. You feel unstoppable, like the world is at your fingertips. And in many ways, that is true.

You will love college. You will find your people and your major, your favorite spots in the library, the greatest intramurals. You will figure out which days the caf is not worth it, and which restaurants in the student center will make you sick every time. (Why did Chinese food on a college campus seem like a good idea?)

But there’s something I need you to remember. This is, and I’m risking a cliche here, the beginning of the rest of your life. Start it with Christ as the foundation, or it will crumble. Here¬†is a letter, from my heart to yours.

An open letter to the Christian on their first day of college.

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Find The Awesome

Life is hard, and it’s far too easy to focus on the negative aspects of it. Today, it’s easier for me to complain about an upset stomach than it is to be thankful for the groceries that we can afford. But I heard a message on the radio the other day about finding the awesome in every situation, and I love that thought! God has given us awesome lives, and we need to focus on that instead of our problems.¬†Since that’s easier said than done, let’s look at how we can¬†find the awesome¬†in every situation!

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