• Coping With a Cancer Diagnosis
    Wellness

    15 Tips for Coping With a Cancer Diagnosis

    Hearing the words, “You have cancer” is a life-changing event.  If you’ve found this post, you or someone you love has recently been told they have cancer.  After the initial shock, you’re probably thinking “now what?”  What do you do after a cancer diagnosis? Coping with a cancer diagnosis isn’t easy.  Even in the best-case scenario, you’re looking at procedures, treatments, and thinking about how this will affect your life in the future.    Every person is different,  So your needs during this journey will be different.  15 years ago I traveled this cancer journey myself.  It wasn’t easy, and I’m still dealing with the after-effects today.  But I did find…

  • A Cancer Survivor's Diagnosis Story
    Wellness

    A Cancer Survivor’s Diagnosis Story

    If you’re a current reader of the blog, you already know I’m a 13-year cancer survivor.  Every survivor has a story to tell, and each one is unique to the survivor’s experience. It’s not ever been easy for me to talk about it. Even typing it out for everyone to read makes me a bit emotional (cue the waterworks).   Wrapped up in those tears are a swarm of emotions: insanity, grief, all-encompassing fear, love, and many, many miracles along the way.    Here is the first snapshot of my journey- A Cancer Survivor’s Diagnosis Story. Where it All Starts 13 years ago, I was a 32-year-old wife and mom. I was…

  • How to Develop a Successful Prayer Life
    Faith

    Four Tips on How to Develop a Consistent Prayer Life

    Prayer is one of the most important parts of a Christian’s faith.  It’s a direct connection to God.  It can (and should) be used daily.  One of the biggest questions I hear from Christians today is how to develop a consistent prayer life. Developing a consistent prayer life doesn’t just happen by chance.  You have to put in the time and effort to create a consistent prayer life.  There are also strategies you can use to make your prayer time more successful.  Here are four strategies that I’ve used to learn how to develop a consistent prayer life. Read The Word of God to Develop a Consistent Prayer Life One…

  • Why is the Fruit of the Spirit Important
    Faith

    Why is the Fruit of the Spirit Important for Christians?

    With so much negativity in the world around me, I think it’s important to focus on who God is calling me to be.  So, I’ve spent the past few months working on my prayer life.  I’ve also been studying ways to develop Godly character.   One of the best ways I’ve learned to become more like God is by studying the Fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5: 22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.”  I think we can all agree that these are great characteristics to have.  But, why is the fruit of the Spirit important to us as…

  • Showing God's Love
    Faith

    Showing God’s Love in a Hurting World

    Growing up in a Christian home, I never thought much about God’s love. It’s not that I wasn’t taught about it. I was taught examples of God’s love every day from my family. In church, I learned tons of Bible stories and lessons showing God’s love. But in my head, all I thought about was trying to be ‘good’ enough to deserve Heaven. I decided for myself that my salvation was earned through my behavior. I tried and tried to be good enough, but I would trip up, make mistakes, and ultimately fail at it. Thankfully, I’ve learned over the years what it means to be a Christian. I’ve learned…

  • Putting Your Spouse First
    Family

    Putting Your Spouse First

    Marriage is not for the faint of heart.  It takes time, effort, commitment, and sacrifice.  A huge component of making your marriage work is putting your spouse first in your relationship.  There are several ways you can put your spouse first in your marriage. In this post, we will talk about 8 ways you can successfully make your spouse a priority in your marriage.  These fall under 4 areas: getting real, thinking of their needs, putting God first, and remembering you’re a team.    Let’s Get Real First off, let’s get real.  When putting your spouse first, you have to have realistic expectations.  You need to have realistic expectations for your…

  • 15 Tips for A Successful Marriage
    Family

    15 Tips for a Successful Marriage That Lasts!

    Marriage is hard work, even for the most committed couples.  With the divorce rate in the US hovering between 40 and 50%, it’s no wonder people struggle to stay happily married.  Even the best of the best have struggles in their married life.   So what’s the secret to a long happy marriage?  And what things can a couple do to have a successful and happy married life? I’ve put together a list of 15 tips for a successful marriage.  These fall under four different topics: finding joy in your marriage, communicating with your spouse, working together, and putting your spouse first.   One of the Best Tips for a Successful Marriage…

  • What to do when you're angry with God
    Faith

    What to do When You’re Angry With God

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’m kind of angry with God right now.  We’ve been dealing with some difficult issues, and I just can’t help feeling resentful at how unfair it is!   Have you ever felt like that before? When your prayers aren’t answered the way you wanted. Or when bad things happen to someone you care about. It can be hard to NOT be mad at God during these times. I didn’t realize at first what was going on, but first I noticed my mood dropping into the gutter.  I was snippy and emotional. Plus I was ugly to everyone around me. I…

  • How to Stop Selfishness
    Faith

    How to Stop Selfishness

    Okay, guys, I have a confession to make:  I’m a selfish person. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I am not writing this post to get sympathy.  God laid my selfishness on my heart a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.   Some of you that know me, might be thinking I’m not that bad.  Especially compared to some. Others are probably thinking,  “It’s about time you figured it out!”  If we’ve never met in person, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.  Don’t worry, you will soon haha… Looking Good on the Outside On the outside, I may look pretty good.  I…