Tag Archives: inspiration


18 Jun

*Image found on Pinterest. But it was originally found HERE.

be happy

22 Dec

Need I say more? Image found on Pinterest.

embrace the season

18 Dec

Tis the season to be busier than you’ve ever been in your life.


I know like the rest of you, I’ve been BUSY. So busy. Like, there aren’t enough hours in the day, BUSY. AND to make it harder, I decided to start training to run a marathon. Yes. You read that right. A MARATHON. And I wasn’t going to share that information with anyone for awhile, but there it is. Frankly, I’m tired of not feeling or being fit. So I’m actually doing something about it. And making working out a priority. The last of this baby weight is being stubborn and changing my eating habits alone is no longer enough. Thank you very much, pregnancy number 2.’They’ are right. The weight is a LOT harder to get rid of after your second kiddo.

So I’ve set some goals and I’m going for it with some MAJOR accountability in my life. And I actually feel great! BUT, the amount of hours I have in the day have shrunk even more than they were before. So my days are long. My nights are short. But I actually feel rested to some extent.

I’m REALLY enjoying this Christmas season too. Last year, I was at the peak of my encounter with post partum depression and really struggling to find the joy that I KNEW we were called to celebrate. It’s crazy to think about what a different place I’m in this year in comparison to last. And I’m really thankful that that was a season and is over now. And that I can embrace the holidays this year, even though things are busy!

And it’s been raining A LOT this past week which makes THIS Arizona gal very happy. It actually feels like winter a little bit with all the rain. So I’m sipping coffee, watching Love Actually (best.movie.ever.) and planning out my to-dos for the week ahead! There’s a LOT to do still. But nothing that is too overwhelming or too stressful this time.

Praise God we are there.

Tomorrow I’m planning to pick back up on my series in Proverbs 31. I haven’t forgotten. But I have neglected it a little bit due to the season. But the next couple of verses are good, so stay tuned for that.

I pray you’re trying to embrace the season too! It’ll be over in a week and we’ll be onto 2012. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? Live in the moment now. We aren’t promised next year, or even tomorrow for that matter. It’s busy, yes. But let go of things that don’t NEED to get done and just take some time to SIT DOWN. Drink a cup of coffee. Watch a movie. And take it all in. How easily we forget to do that sometimes, right?


Image found HERE.

more than rubies

30 Oct

I’m doing a study of Proverbs 31 on my own. I feel like I always find myself coming back to this passage in my life. And I feel like there’s a lot of wisdom to be gained from REALLY understanding what the passage is actually saying. I find myself constantly having a deep desire to BE this woman. And I know that I have a long way to go before I AM actually her. I wish I could actually know what woman Proverbs 31 is referring to.

Don’t you wish you knew?

I really look up to her. Is that weird? I find myself really WANTING to be all of these things. But it is SO hard. So I decided to somewhat dissect each verse- maybe one or two at a time- from this passage. I’m going to write my thoughts and what I’m getting out of it. I’d love for you to follow along and to gain inspiration of your own from this woman. I feel like it’s so easy to lose sight of what ACTUALLY is important in life as a wife, mom, and woman. And when I feel that way I often turn back to these written words of wisdom to find my way. And it really helps me to put things into perspective. And it really helps me to get my thoughts, actions, and life back on track.

So here’s some short, quick thoughts on the very first verse about the wife of noble character. Whoa. It’s already heavy, right? HA.

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

NOBLE character? WHO can find? This passage is describing a RARE woman. A woman who is hard to come by. One who is unique and who is cherished FAR more than even rubies. In a lot of countries, rubies are VERY precious stones and highly esteemed. This verse says that she is worth far more than that.

When I looked up the word noble in the dictionary, these are some of the words and phrases I found:

– of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence

– very impressive or imposing in appearance; stately; magnificent

– of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent

– famous; illustrious; renowned

You could fill in the word noble with any of those synonyms. A wife of MAGNIFICENT character. A wife of EXCELLENT character. A wife of RENOWNED character. A wife of EXALTED character. A wife of IMPRESSIVE character.

Who can find her? Because to those that DO find her, she is worth FAR MORE than RUBIES.

I know this isn’t groundbreaking. I know that I’m not revealing any brand new information here. But I AM going to admit to you that when I look at this verse this way, I am totally taken aback. The whole part of this chapter starts off by asking a question. Asking who really can find a woman or wife like this? Because she is rare. And she is precious. And she is very hard to find.

I’m not sure how to become this woman, exactly. But I know I want to be her. Already, one verse in, I desire to be her.

havin’ a day

20 Sep

I almost just wrote up an entire post about the difficult day I’m having and about how I don’t want to be a mom for FIVE MINUTES. Just FIVE. Then, I stopped myself and decided that I would post something encouraging instead. It’ll be good for my heart and maybe it’ll bless yours as well.

Because the truth is, I’m only feeling this way because I’m totally exhausted. My kids are on a ‘I’m not gonna sleep in, nap OR go to bed’ hiatus and I’m not really sure what to make of it. Top it all off with all the normal anxieties that a woman’s heart endures and goes through on a daily basis (thanks Facebook) and I just need a DRINK.

So I almost ranted and raved via this blog about all the frustrating things on my heart right now, but alas, I’m going to stop myself.

And I’m going to BREATHE.

And then when I put the boys to bed tonight I am NOT going to work. And I’m going to try not to stress out about it.

SO. Onto a fun and encouraging thing.

I think I REALLY want to paint THIS on one of my walls in my apartment! How cool is this??:

I found this on Pinterest but you can find the full tutorial on Martha Stewart’s website! It’s a chalkboard wall and calendar. Yes. I’m a fan. And I really need something creative, artistic and crafty to do. To fulfill my need and desire to be crafty, although I am NOT. But I THINK I can handle this. So it inspired me that although things might seem a little boring, mundane, frustrating, and exhausting, there’s always a way to create new things in your life that will reignite the creativity spark.

Doing something about it is better than letting the frustration take over and kill all creative energy and inspiration.

So I’m finding something fun to do, and I’m going to GO FOR IT.


21 May

Be encouraged today. This might be the moment that you were created for. And I’m not talking about the supposed rapture that’s supposed to happen today. Good grief.

be who you are

4 May

This sums it up today. Sometimes I leave conversations thinking and feeling insecure about any and everything that I said. Did they like me because of the things I said? Do they not like me because of the things I said? Are they going to talk bad about me behind my back because of the things I said?

You know you think it too.

I hate insecurity. So much. But this rang true to me today. And reminded me that I am the one who chooses to surround myself with people who either like me FOR ME or don’t. Those that stick around regardless of what comes out of my mouth are the keepers anyways.

Not that bad things are coming out of my mouth. I just like to speak my mind and I’m not afraid to say what I think. I don’t mean to be intense, it’s just who I am.

It’s a work in progress. Aren’t we all?

* Image from HERE.