Inner Strength

Facing Sorrow

Sorrow. It’s more than being sad. It’s deeper than disappointment over the fact that someone ate the last cookie or didn’t leave enough milk for cereal. Sorrow is a distress that seeks to penetrate our hearts. It’s grief, anguish, and often indescribable emotional pain. Perhaps you know precisely what I’m talking about, and when you… Continue reading Facing Sorrow

Book Reviews

You Belong with Me

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she'll need… Continue reading You Belong with Me

Inner Strength

Breaking Strongholds

Are you carrying a weight on your shoulders? Is there something with which you’ve battled for years but feel like you can’t break free? It feels like a stronghold—a prison—and no matter how hard you try, escape seems impossible. In Luke 13, Jesus sees a woman who “had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen… Continue reading Breaking Strongholds

Fitness Fun

Challenge & Change

I enjoy many things, and one of them is exercise. You might even call me an exercise enthusiast. Yes, it's true. I get excited by some workouts and consider it fun to exercise on vacation. After doing track in college, and weightlifting in the gym for years after, I wanted to try something different. A… Continue reading Challenge & Change

Inner Strength

Victory in Jesus: 7 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

In this life, we will encounter temptation. 1 John 2:16 says, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” The good news? We have victory over these temptations through Jesus! Jesus set the perfect example for… Continue reading Victory in Jesus: 7 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

Inner Strength

A Straight Path to God

Jesus came into the world as the long-awaited Messiah, a title which means “anointed one.” Although, He wasn’t quite what people expected. The Jews were awaiting a king, from David’s family tree, who would free them from Rome’s tyranny. Many expected a warrior king who would be a military leader, but that’s not what Jesus… Continue reading A Straight Path to God

Inner Strength

He Remembers

Have you ever felt overlooked or forgotten? Perhaps it seems like God is distant and doesn't hear your countless prayers. Maybe it feels like nobody knows how you feel, or like the world is against you, and when people mention God, you can’t help but wonder if He really has a plan. Sometimes in life,… Continue reading He Remembers

Book Reviews

More Charm? Yes, Please!

Great news! I’ve added a new feature to my blog (drumroll please): BOOK REVIEWS! As my first victim—I mean guest—I’ve chosen Just Let Go, by Courtney Walsh. Several months ago, I decided I’d like to read more inspirational romance novels in order to support other Christian authors and be more knowledgeable about that genre. That’s… Continue reading More Charm? Yes, Please!

Fitness Fun

Special Moments

When going through belongings from my childhood bedroom, I found among them something very special. It was a speech I had written and presented at my end-of-season track & field banquet as a senior in high school. This speech, written as a poem, depicts memories of my time on the team and offers some advice… Continue reading Special Moments