February Goals {& My “Why”}

In December, my goal was to practice Titus 2:5 in my own life. Honestly? =] Still working on it. Some days, it is more reflected in my attitude and choices than others. To add onto Titus 2:5, Philippians 1:27 is this month’s focus.

Women are “ to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:5, ESV).”

Click here for full passage.

“Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. . . (Phil. 1:27, CEV).”


  • Continue to cultivate a plant based way of eating, which is helping POTS a lot! My goal is to get back on track 100%. It’s been four months, but I can keep going strong and get better at it. IE) Make sure to have good food on hand like baked sweet potatoes. Prepare for intense temptation, when out.
  • Continue our Pressing On Toward Faithfulness study and blog series. God is speaking loudly through these sacred time, and showing me His presence. How could I miss this?!? 
  • My #OneGoal is still the same: to draw nearer to the Lord, despite health “flare up’s”. I need to keep “showing up” for this quality time with my loving Savior.


I want to learn how to live a stronger faith in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, despite the hardships I face.


I have several books on my “to read” list!

Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hanson
Anchored In by Micah Maddox
Get Lost by Dannah Gresh

Be . . better

I just feel like things are messier than they need to be. These are my goals for Feb, and I want them to lead me into a closer relationship with the Lord. Things just feel messy right now due to poor choices.

Yet, I know the Lord Jesus is here. He is reminding to just not give up. He is giving me the strength to keep moving and tearfully cry out to Him. He is reminding to just hang onto Him and His precious words! . . . Because He is working in the midst of the pain.

Lately, my heart has been holding onto Psalm 23, where the Lord declares that He is my Shepherd and He is the One to restore my achy soul.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me (Ps. 23:1-4, CSB).

My why is simple: If I can feel better, I want to. I want to be able to function at a better level. And if routines and way of eating help me to do this, then, I want to do this.

This is partly about wellness, but it is about something else too: Obedience. I want to honor the Lord in what I say and do, including eating, reading, and all things.

In Him,



Week 2 – He Has Saved Us! {POTF}

Hi friends!

Welcome to a new week of our Pressing On Toward Faithfulness study. I am glad you are here. If you check out our study’s page and compare it with our schedule, it will become apparent that we are a bit behind.

Yes, we are.

Currently, I am three blog posts behind. Most bloggers would admittedly “let go” of certain blog topics and move on.

However. . . Titus 2 is something very close to my heart. So, we will keep going as we trek through Titus and 1-2 Timothy! We will press on. For me, Titus is really about meeting our Lord Jesus, becoming God’s people, and being equipped to be God’s beloved Church. 

The Lord has soo much He wants to speak with us about in these books. So, we may linger around certain verses a bit longer than expected.

Memory Verse For This Week –

In our quiet times this week, I have a verse for us to focus our attention on. Our memory verse is Titus 3:4-5a, which says:

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. . . (ESV)

This passage of Scripture is so crucial, because it reminds us of how much the Lord Jesus has saved us from. We have been changed from the inside out, and all because of our Mighty King – Jesus Christ!

We have been redeemed, because the Lord has said so!
We have been called His own people!

And, the Lord is showing us what it looks like to BE His people!

Friends, take time this week to linger over God’s Word and allow Him to speak louder than the distractions in your life. This is my hope, too. I hope there is more writing and studying this week.


During this study, we will learn what it looks like to linger in His grace. I asked you all earlier to pick #OneGoal for our study, how is that going? Is it drawing you nearer to the Lord? Has the distractions of life, kept you from living it out?

My #OneGoal was to sit and linger in His presence.

The past few days, I haven’t been able to make it to my “Quality Time” spot I have in my room. As for this weekend, it has been a tough thing to pursue. But tomorrow, I am going to start back. I am thankful for the audio sermons I have been able to listen to, as I have my “rest days”. My body has felt exhausted, and I am learning how to rest and study – perhaps even at the same time. This is a big step for me: Learning to have actual Bible study (on our blog’s study), even when I don’t feel good – is a big deal. I typically “put it off” and will study something else – until I feel “ready”. But, I have been able to stay caught up on my daily reading for the book of Titus – and that is soo exciting!! I am just a bit behind in my “sharing” of what the Holy Spirit is showing me. =]

This study is blessing me; I hope it is having a similar effect on you too.

I am learning so much and being reminded of the beauty that comes with being His daughter!

Don’t forget! You can still get an eight week Gracefully Overcoming journal for only $6.25, and we even have places to get plugged in on Facebook. Including a women’s small group! Be sure to find ways to get plugged in and go deeper – either with our journal, the Facebook page, or our women’s small group. We are here for you!

Image by Jason Betz.

In Him,



November 2017 {Goals}

Hi friends!

I wanted to take a few moments to simply share my goals for this month.

I am very goal oriented. You just might be too. What kind of goals are you setting for the month of November? It’s hard to believe that we are entering the month of November, but HERE WE ARE!!

Here are my goals –

1] Get Healthier Physically: Eat better, using 21 day fix containers/plan (meaning: more plant based). Also, exercise more consistently than I have been. Use OneNote to keep track of how well I am exercising and eating.

Be willing to enter the process of improving food and fitness.

2] Pursuing Jesus Christ: Honestly, I need to keep distractions low, and grow closer in my walk with the Lord. This time of being away has been hard, yet amazing in what the Lord is doing in my life. So, I need to stay on this path of seeking the Lord and how He is wanting to speak to me.

  • Be more in the Word, through my daily study time and digital journals.
  • Read books, specifically on prayer.
  • Seek to memorize or focus on one Scripture per week.

Tip – Stencil/draw each week’s focus verse, and hang up afterwards.

3] Enjoying His People: This is the one area I need your help with. I want to be closer in my relationships with the body of Christ.

The Church is the actual Bride of Jesus Christ. I need community. I heart and chase after deeper community.

I made a small group over on my Facebook, linked with this blog – as a way to grow with the people the Lord has given me.

We are doing Bible studies, similar to what we are doing on this blog. While I am working, praying about, and playing around with ideas for our January study, I am excited to be able to go through the book of Philippians with other women who are finding their true selves in our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for that endeavor and consider joining us. Stay tuned for updates about our upcoming January Bible study.

These three areas are plenty to focus upon for this month. While I won’t be perfect, I will see growth.

Image by Estée Janssens.

Until next time,



Wonderful Possibilities // DLRB (August 28 – September 3)

It is a brand new week. Full of wonderful possibilities. Even when we face current trials, this week is still full of wonderful possibilities. As always, I am setting my goals based on my hopes for this week – taking into account my limitations as well. So if I don’t hit every single goalit is okay!


Blog // Serving

  • Write reviews (Sheets, Bevere, TerKeurst).
  • Write blog posts for last week of Isaiah 40 study.
  • Write blog posts for first week of Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus.
  • Continue to craft homemade cards.


  • Find one allergy friendly recipe.
  • Take baby steps to eat better.


This week, I want to be intentional in my Christian life. I want to deliberately seek after God with my whole heart.

“Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways (Ps. 119:2-3, NIV).”

For me, this means: developing an attitude of prayer and continue reading//studying what God is like. I want to continue to read books, that fuel spiritual growth. I want to learn how to make the most of my days, even when I am not feeling well and must rest. So this week, I have a few books I am planning on reading (see below).

“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” ― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

This week, I need to intentionally seek Christ & to allow Him to fill my mind like Scripture teaches us to do.

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You (Isa. 26:3, NKJV).

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will… And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. (Rom. 8:6-7, 10, NLT).


**Read for a minimum of 20 minutes per day**

  • Read Bevere’s newest book (“Without Rival”), along with “Let Me Be a Woman” (Elisabeth Elliot).
  • Begin “Really Bad Girls of the Bible” (Liz Curtis Higgs).
  • Study Psalms 119:1-8.
  • Continue with Gleaning study (& other studies).


immersed in prayer and studying my Bible, so God can speak to me.

I want to welcome the intimacy only Christ can provide, through time spent with Him.


Just Be Present {{DLRB Goals – Aug 16}}

Lately, I am fascinated with this idea of having a routine.

… Or, at least, a morning one. I need routine. I need consistency. We live in an unpredictable world, but we can create a weave of consistency through what we do.

School begins today! Perfect time for me to begin a brand new routine and set goals. My prayer, today, is for the goals to be realistic. While I have limitations, it doesn’t mean giving up. I can perserve and keep on trying (see Gal. 6:9). Jesus Christ is the One in whom I have chosen to place my trust.

This week, my priorities are centered around developing a morning routine, stayed filled up with the Lord, through my time spent with Him, and finding ways to just be. I need to learn to just be. That’s where contentment is found. That’s where joy is found. That is where my Jesus is found. He is there. I need to acknowledge His presence in my life. I need to acknowledge what God is actively doing, on my behalf. And, enjoy the people He has placed in my path.

Goals for August 14-20

// Do //

– Home –
  • Clean bedroom and bathroom.
  • Wash dishes on a daily basis.
  • Wash laundry every other day.
  • Keep table clean.
– Health (Physical – Emotional – Spiritual) –
  • Wake up early, eat, and exercise.
  • Take daily naps.
  • Stay deep in the Word (Isa. 40; Mt. 4).
  • Connect with other believers.
  • Review “The Longing in Me”.
  • Make graphics for our Gleaning study
  • Begin working on SOG’s “Author” piece.
  • Begin to format next Scripture Journal (Exodus).
  • Write up Isaiah 40 – week 2 and 3 posts.
  • Pray & study for Friday’s home group.

// Read //

  • “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Read Zephaniah 3 (repeatedly)

// Learn //

Take the time and effort, to memorize Zephaniah 3:17-18.

For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.” Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song. “I have gathered your wounded and taken away your reproach..” (TLB)

In order to live this one out, I need to get more specific in my plans –

  • Study it – each morning.
  • Focus on it – during exercise time (leave index card nearby).
  • Write it out (a few times)each evening.

// Be //

“Be present” could sum up, where I am this week. I want to learn how to be present in my relationships with God, through Christ, and others. Far too often, I am not present. My mind is elsewhere. So, this week, I really want to work on that. Just be present and enjoy the exact place God has divinely placed me.

What about you, my friend? How do you intentionally be present in your relationship with Jesus and those around you?

(The format for my goals, are borrowed from Mandy over at Biblical Homemaking)