2017, attitude, believe, expectation, faith, His way, Isaiah 55:8, job, question, spoiled, spoiled brat, testimony, tuscaloosa, university, university of alabama, work, workout, write, young adult

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

We’ve all had those moments in life where something happens that will forever change us, whether for better or worse. April 1, 2006, was one of those days for me, and even more than a decade later I can remember everything as if it were yesterday. But it was the choice I made in response to those events that would…

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19 kids and counting, 2015, actions, anorexia, belief, bruce jenner, caitlyn jenner, candal, Christian, clinton, conservative, conviction, duggar, eating disorder, emotions, engaged, family, feelings, forgive, forgiveness, gossip, help, helping others, hillary, human being, josh duggar, kardashian, kindness, love, lust, lust free, marriage, marry, megyn kelly, Monica, needs of others, Orthorexia Nervosa, people, prayer, relationship, respect, scandal, small town, testimony, the kelly file, tlc, Uncategorized, write

Duggars or Kardashians, We All Have Problems

I have never watched the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting, but like anyone else who hasn’t been unconscience the last five years I know about the family. I do however watch The Kelly File on a fairly regular basis and caught her interview with two of the eldest Duggar sisters. From what I gathered, the worst part about…

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2015, advice, advisor, american greed, Bible, car, college, family, friends, friendships, give, goals, greed, help, house, job, magazine, malachi, marriage, mentor, money, money management, parenting, parents, patience, people, relationship, save, sheldon cooper, spend, student, tithe, Uncategorized, university of alabama, write, young adult

What Every College Graduate Should Know

Graduating college is an exciting time, filled with mixed emotions of freedom and responsibility. It’s been 10 years since I walked across that stage at The University of Alabama, and I wish I knew then what I do now. Hopefully these practical nuggets will help recent grads. 1-Don’t Expect Overnight Success. Even if you are fortunate enough to land a…

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Helping Kids See God though Art and Storytelling

No matter how old I get or how educated I feel I’ve become, I still “see” God most in the simple, yet intricate, details of His creation all around me. My 2-year-old son loves reading the Creation story too, and one local artist has done a phenomenal job of bringing that wondrous awe to all ages. Tuscaloosa artist, author and…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have not yet earned the right…

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2015, actions, adolescent, America, anger, apartment, car, church, compare, comparing, comparison, feelings, friends, goals, greed, house, jealous, jealousy, Jonathan taylor thomas, JTT, lust, mansion, mcmansion, Michael Snyder, money, new, parents, relationship, shack, social media, sports car, wealth, wealthy, worry, write

The Curse of Comparison

When I was a young girl we played a game called MASH, which was a clever adolescent acroynym for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House. There were other options too, like your job, spouse, car, number of children, etc. You concentrated on when to stay “stop” as your buddy drew a spiral on the piece of paper. Then the lines were…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry…

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Never Say God Can’t Use You

I spent a good bit of my 20s trying to figure out the best way to make an influence, help others, and make a difference for God. Wanting to find your “calling” (as many people call it) is an honorable pursuit, yet we should not stress ourselves over it. After wasting a lot of time worrying and trying out different…

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Kill Them with Kindness

A common phrase in the South is “kill them with kindness.” Chances are a mom or teacher had told you this when faced with teasing or even bullies. The important thing to remember is that fake kindness (the “bless her heart” preceded by gossip kind) is not what they mean. Instead they are referring to what is commonly known as…

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2015, actions, adolescent, advice, birthday, bully, cheerleader, dating, diet mountain dew, driving, eating disorder, exercise, friends, God, God's creation, guys, Hallmark, improv, mean girls, patience, prayer, proverb, sweet 16, taco casa, Uncategorized, write, Y2K

Advice to My Adolescent Self

It’s hard to imagine that half my live ago (literally) I was turning “Sweet 16.” I’m not sure anything was all that sweet about me, except for maybe my tooth. Just like most teenage girls, I listened to my parents but often let the advice run in one ear and out the other. Had I really listened, something might have…

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