Dear Beautiful You…


Lean in a little closer.  I have something to tell you….

You are beautiful, just the way you are.

When did the voices inside your head become bigger than the voice inside your heart?

You know the ones.  They whisper words like “ugly”, “inadequate”, “never enough”, “unloved”, and “not beautiful”.  They are but a whisper, yet they ring loud and clear in your ears and somehow make their way into your heart.

At what point in your life did you begin to believe the lie that you are anything but beautiful?  

Perhaps no one ever told you how beautiful you are. How can a young girl look at herself in the mirror and believe that she is beautiful, when no one ever

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Three Word Wednesday: Together We’re Stronger

Five girls showing unity with their hands.

 Alone we are strong, but together we are stronger.

There is strength in community.  When sisters gather together, to share like-mindedness, struggling hearts and messy lives, I no longer see my weaknesses, but I see my strengths.  The strengths I have to offer to others, and the strengths that are made evident through the love and encouragement of sisters.

Individually, I would like to think of myself as a strong person.  I’ve managed well in the face of defeat, in loss, and hardship.  But I will be the first one to tell you that I am not strong, not in and of myself, for apart from Him I can do no good thing.

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Three Word Wednesday: Stoke the embers

Bright flame in the form of heart

I wander through the day, sometimes zoning off into the distance as I anticipate the burst of energy that will surely come.  I feel zapped of strength, almost numb to what is happening around me.  I’m doing too much, all good things, running around like Martha, all the while yearning to sit and be still like Mary.

This cycle of life has me living between wash, rinse and repeat.

“Wash me with the water of Your Word, Lord.”
“Remove the muck and mire that threatens to take root in my heart.”
“Give me the grace and strength for another day.”


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Three Word Wednesday: Full steam ahead!

A blogger on Facebook asked her readers yesterday what our motto was for the week.  I wrote “full steam ahead”.  With a full time job, a child in the 5th grade in public school, and homeschooling my 8th grade girl, I’d better be functioning in full steam ahead mode.

But then I got to thinking how most days I feel like the little engine that could, who saw the momentous task ahead of him and could only hope that he would make it.

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….”


I get up in the morning, set my feet to the floor and

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