Afire

AFIRE:  on fire; blazing: full of excitement and energy. The word afire and its definition perfectly signifies my love for Jesus Christ.  It is a word that when I first read it, I felt encompassed with how relational it was to what I am feeling inside. Inside my heart.  Inside my soul. I chose this […]

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Fear and A Mustard Seed

It is obvious, that lately, we’ve all been given doses of worry and fear. I picture a very silent and invisible creature injecting us with a black substance while sleeping. It is a time in our world where production of many things have halted, yet fear seems to be producing and distributed like ramped. Invisible, […]

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Wrath

“The wrath of God is coming”. Colossians 3:6 Wrath. A heavy, dark, scary, taboo of a word. No one speaks it, no one thinks about it. No one preaches it. But God says, His wrath is coming. IS. Coming. So what is wrath? Wrath is a noun, and an action. It is a term to […]

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Foggy

Most of the time I can describe my moods by simple words and phrases. “I’m okay.” “I’m doing well!” “I’m SO excited!” Or as an 80’s girl, “Totally awesome!” But then there are days where the words just cannot express my mood. Mainly because I don’t even know myself; they’re foggy. They’re uncertain and undetermined. […]

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Whitewashed

I love a good home renovation or decorating TV show. The creative side in me gets excited in seeing something old become new again: a fresh sanding and paint job, a shiny new light fixture, or splashes of color on fabrics. It satisfies my eyes, and gives me motivation and inspiration for creativity and change. […]

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YOLO ✌🏻

I’m about to get serious…with no apologies. YOLO ✌🏻 Imagine a life where you don’t live once. A constant and ongoing life. Let’s call it YOLOF. It’s never ending, it’s forever. A physical life that flows into another. One that is so transparent that it almost goes unnoticed. Slight changes are happening, but really, everything […]

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Things That Shine

Have you ever seen a lightning bug during the day?  Yeah, me neither.  Things that give off light typically go unnoticed during the day. If you turned on a lamp in a room with an abundance of windows on a sunny day, you probably wouldn’t notice it was even on.  They normally go unnoticed unless […]

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Follow your heart?

I have a pillow in my office chair that I bought a few years back. The silver glittery arrow – a popular trend then – was particularly cute and pleaded to be purchased. So, I did. It really served no purpose other than to be cute and fill a needed space. “Follow your heart”, it […]

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Deeper

I sat on the outside edge of our boat looking down into the water. Its murkiness hid what was below it’s surface. I knew there were fish under the glittery-tipped ripples because I could occasionally see the outline of their bodies, but for the most part, I was just looking into muddy water. Sometimes this […]

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The Taste of Bitterness

One of my favorite experiences while in Israel was floating in the Dead Sea. My tour group ladies all gathered in a circle, laughing in expectation of what we were about to do, held hands, laid back, and kicked one leg out towards the sky; pretending to be synchronized swimmers. It was a surreal moment […]

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Living During the Race

I have a desire. A desire that most would frown upon and question. A desire that isn’t “normal”, and one that some would consider odd. I’ve spent some time thinking about it, wondering why I have felt so overpowered by this feeling, at times. I haven’t talked to anyone about it, in fear of being […]

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Outside the Frame

I have a beautiful view from my backyard. And when the sun sets, it’s the perfect spot to watch the colors appear and change. Each passing moment, new colors begin to fill my eyes. My first instinct is to breathe in deep, and soak in the moment. It’s in that very moment, I have an […]

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STILL

Some days, it’s not the situations and circumstances that cause the anxiety and disappoints we feel. Some days, it’s the people around us. The people we let mold our days, mold our attitudes, and mold our “bread”. We let others feed us moldy words and half-truths. David’s psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that […]

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#nofilter

Sitting in a restaurant booth with some friends recently, a woman beside me – who was having a conversation with a friend – chose some additional unnecessary words to emphasize her story. The muffling of the conversation was inaudible, however, one word in particular, was as clear as my water glass. It’s not that shocking, […]

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Baggage Claim

I am an over-packer. Yes, I admit it. Those who have traveled with me can testify that, I like options, and I bring things I may or may not need. And things others may or may not need. Being prepared isn’t a characteristic of mine in some areas of my life, but when I travel, […]

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Should I?

If you have to ask, then the answer will usually depend on the risk you’re willing to take. Should I wear this? Should I say something? Should I go? I’ve never really been good at answering these, what seems, simple questions. When I was younger, and more “care-free”, I would do what I felt, and […]

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Paint Brushes

THINK ABOUT IT: If you were given a blank canvas, every paint color imaginable, a few paint brushes, and some quiet time, what would you paint? Maybe you’re not a painter, but let’s assume you enjoy it and are really talented. I would paint a sunset. Maybe throw a few mountains in the background, place […]

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Tribes

I think you all know what happens to a lion without a tribe. But if not, let me give you an insight of two possibilities. The lion eventually dies of being killed by other tribal lions, or the lion starves because he/she doesn’t have other lions to help hunt and kill for food. We, too, […]

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The Idol of Feelings

I’m a feeler. I consider myself highly sensitive and intuitive. Even tests have shown that trait. I can walk into a room and immediately be consumed with unseen emotions and the feelings of others. It’s sometimes very uncomfortable, and I can allow it to control my mood. However, I’m learning to use that “gift” to […]

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Seeking

Seek is a verb. It’s meaning is to attempt to find or attempt or desire to obtain or achieve. Also, ask for (something) from someone. When adding “ing” to any verb, the word meaning becomes a continuous action. I’ve never thought about this word much. Reading a verse this morning, this word – not even […]

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Leadership & Morality

I read a comment on a post this morning that gave me an aha. Literally, a light went on in my head. Again, something tiny and simple, and something I really already knew, yet caught my attention on a new level. “Amazing teams start with amazing leaders.” Duh! Of course! No one can deny that […]

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Tantrums and Psalm 23

When my boys were babies, they were ridiculously cute. They had cute personalities, said and did cute things, made cute faces, laughed cute, and threw cute tantrums. Wait…what? Cute tantrums? Yes, I thought they were cute, in their own cute way. But I never dreamed, 18 years later, that God would change my view and […]

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A Meeting Place

Thumbing through social media yesterday morning, I came across a shared post of pictures depicting societies relentless grip on cell phones. Pictures that were disturbing and shamefully familiar in my own ridiculous phone obsession. It made me physically sick. I reposted exclaiming my contribution to the problem of overuse and complete suffocation of a brain-sucking […]

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I Want

Interesting how our wants change so much from year to year. When I was a child, I wanted to be a princess. And I lived that dream every day around the farm I grew up on. Playing outside with my imaginary characters and friends, the dream of being a princess was easy. Everyone did what […]

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Gaps

I have many gaps in my life. Too many to count, and way too many to name in the amount of time I have today. I am strong in some ways, but ridiculously weak in others. I have gaps, and it’s important to know what they are, and when I’m in one. Gaps can be […]

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Light

Last evening, while ending a perfect day on Lake Texoma, we headed back to dock. The sun had already set before we began the 20 minute boat ride. As we traveled closer to our destination, the light around us changed so quickly. Every passing moment had a new and transformed landscape. The last 10 minutes […]

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Thirsty

Walking trails this morning near our cabin, I was on the search for things in nature that resembled letters. I want to take photographs of them and make a collage spelling our family name, using only the surroundings found on our land. For company, I decided to take my sweet buddy, Jet, our Labrador. He […]

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Throw Your Hands UP!

“God, thank you!” I mumbled as my speed increased. I wanted to shut my eyes and never leave that moment. The crisp fall-like air hit against my sweaty skin and tossed and twirled my hair in play. The massive hill that took every ounce of energy I had in me to climb, had become a […]

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Mommas and Their Babies

It was just yesterday, right? Or at the most, last month. But that can’t be right. Impossible! Totally impossible. Two vivacious little boys, full of personality and gumption, running through our house with Ogre ears on their heads, or wearing their t-shirts on their legs, and their jeans on their heads. Mostly laughing and playing, […]

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Learning to Swim

I don’t remember how I learned to swim, but I do know that it wasn’t by an instructor at the public pool. Or by an expert in my own. It wasn’t scheduled and it never seemed important or dire. It was probably learned in a farm pond, or in the lake near my hometown. It […]

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From Dusk to Dawn

I love the early mornings. The sun hasn’t even made it over the horizon, and yet nothing on earth can hide from its presence. It’s a new day! And that means new mercies, new joys, a new start. There’s a certain peace that comes at dawn. A quietness is overcome with the noise of our […]

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Evil in Layers

I’m in a different place in my life than I was 10, 20, 30 years ago. We all go through constant changing – spiritually, physically, our mentality – all change. Just like our intellectual growth, each of us are not the same person we were in years past. Even our cells are in constant regeneration. […]

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Unbreakable and Unshakable Faith

This was a hard piece to write because it seems so contradicting. Or, at least I thought it was. So when reading it, please really try and understand the definition of biblical faith and not Webster’s. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not […]

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Truth is Truth

John 17:17 Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. I believe in God the Father. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I trust in God’s goodness, His plan for His children. I have faith in the unseen, yet visible, attributes and character of God. And I believe […]

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Comparing

I’ve sorta struggled this month (July) figuring out what topic I wanted to blog. Each month for a year, I’ve decided to blog about self-appreciation. Sometimes it’s so easy and the words and thoughts flow. And sometimes I get stuck in mid-thought, and mid-sentence, and I never finish a full writing. I write every day. […]

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Keep Going

Keep + going. There are days where the collaboration of those two words are simply exhausting and seemingly impossible. How do we keep going when life is constantly throwing lemons and salt? I can’t even log onto social media without all the bad things begging for my attention. What makes the negative stand out so […]

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Blessed Mess

Ever feel like you’re a hot mess? No matter how much you’ve accomplished in the day, or in your life, you still wake up and grasp the reality that “keepin’ on keeping’ on” is a silly and pathetic quote that just can’t be doable for the day at hand? I can pass a mirror and […]

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Be YOU!

Self-appreciation is not really an act I would say I do a lot. I take care of myself physically – for the most part – and I try to look poised and composed in public, but do I appreciate who I am, and who God made me?  I would relunctantly have to answer with a […]

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He Sees my Heart

Wrapped up in my physical body, my heart constantly, yet subtly, begs for attention. I rarely feel it is even there. Unless I’m feeling anxious or in overexertion, it’s at peace and in harmony with life. There are even moments it seems to be in a dull pain, both good and bad, depending on my […]

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Wrestling in Prayer

There are times I wake up in the middle of the night with an overpowering urge to pray; either for myself, for a friend, a family member, a stranger, or just for comfort and much needed inner peace in the realities of our dark and confused world. There are many times I don’t even know […]

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Dreams

“KORI!” Awaken by an unknown voice while taking a nap in an empty apartment, I was startled by hearing someone very clearly and sternly say my name. Where did the voice come from? And who’s voice was it? It was unfamiliar. As if they were trying to get my attention in a way other than […]

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The Right Hand

Most of us are right handed. And whether you are or not, it doesn’t really matter. But have you ever thought about the right hand of Jesus? I read a sentence out of my devotional today and it inspired me to research the meaning and references of the right hand in the Bible. I wondered; […]

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The F Word

I cringe when I hear it. It’s a word that I first heard in middle school. It sounded frightening and horrible, and without asking, I knew it was. I felt it in my gut, and it disgusted me. 35 years later, it’s mainstream. It’s on T-shirt’s, in songs, movies, and on the tongues of our […]

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Struggle Bus

We’ve all been on one – or maybe more – at some point in our life. Sitting either alone, or with someone else that is going through something similar. It sometimes seems to be a long ride as you patiently wait for your stop to get off. But it’s while on the bus that the […]

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It is finished.

For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Reading Matthew 27 this morning, I not only cried for my Lord and Savior, I saw a glimpse of what He experienced during His cruxifixction. Jesus, after […]

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Opinions and the Heart

Have you ever stopped to think, why is my opinion my opinion? After reading a few sentences in some notes this morning, I really began to think why do I have them [opinions], and why are they what they are? Sometimes I think we are all so dead-set in solidifying our own, that we don’t […]

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Embrace Who God Made You

I’ve had a lot of insecurities over the years; from lack of confidence, to hating physical features, to doubting my abilities and skills. Even shying away from public speaking because of my southern accent, and weird facial movements, to feeling inadequate to care for my children. Unworthiness and shame is all I was left with; […]

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My Comforter

Have you ever wondered why the top blanket on a bed is called a comforter? Well, I hadn’t either, until now. I can only assume it’s called a comforter because it’s comfortable? But to actually be a comforter, it needs to be stuffed with something inside (like feathers), and sown together by 2 pieces of […]

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In Waiting…

I haven’t blogged in a while. Really hasn’t been that long, but 6 weeks seems to be a long silence when I’ve been publishing every day. It isn’t that I haven’t written, I just haven’t published. I’m in a waiting season. And I’ve been spiritually overwhelmed lately with a lot of biblical revelations. I’m enjoying […]

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Romans 5:5

There is a lot of sadness that I feel at times because of my sin. It disgusts me. So in dealing with it, I let my emotions feed on its unhealthiness. I promise myself each day that I will do better than the day before. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I do not. It’s a […]

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Seeds

I love gardening. I’m not great at it, and I don’t spend as much time as I should on mine personally, but the idea of growing veggies for my family, canning them for the winter, watching life flourish, and knowing the accomplishment from it that only God can give, is fascinating to me. Creation! Growing […]

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