broken, more beautiful {story of kintsugi}

Have you ever heard of kintsugi? Also known as kintsukuroi, kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with gold, silver, or platinum, thus making the broken piece of art worth more than it was before.   The idea of taking a broken piece of art and loving the […]

journey of Ruth {guest post}

 Today, I am so blessed to feature this beautiful guest post from Livy Jarmusch, editor of Crown of Beauty Magazine!  Let her words of grace wash over your soul as you journey through the life of Ruth, the Moabite ancestor of the Author of Love Itself: Everyone has experienced a season in life where the […]

5 things to do when God feels far away

You know that feeling.   When your prayers seem to not go past the ceiling.  Or you feel like you can’t even pray at all.     When your mind feels dry and your heart feels a despairing loneliness you thought you’d never feel again.  When reading the Word feels flat, and worship songs ring empty.   […]

life is beautiful

September 1st.  I won’t lie, it’s the first day of my very favorite part of the year.   Even now I am sipping a warm mug of Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee and enjoying the scent and warm glow of Yankee Candle’s Harvest. I smile as I anticipate the impending beginning of autumn, and it’s subsequent […]

when your heart is sore {broken chariot wheels}

We all have those mornings, those days.  When your heart is overwhelmed, overtired, hurting–downright sore.  Feels like it’s all you can do to hold it together. When life continues to rub wrong until it carves out painful, tender scars on your weary heart.   You long for the day that life stops hurting.  When it’s no […]

when I just want to do big things

What is the purpose of life? What do I want to be known for? What will people say about me when I die? The profound, philosophical questions of life.  The ones that stop us in our tracks.  They cause us to second guess our next steps.  To look behind to find wisdom for what is […]

the real meaning of ‘carpe diem’

I write lists. I make check boxes. I schedule. I watch the clock. I squeeze every moment. I fill the day. And I look up at the end.  What have I done?  I am tired and dry.  My brain hurts.  My mind in knots.  I am useless by the time the sun sets.  I’ve filled […]

the keeper

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber…  Psalm 121:1-2    Sometimes I wonder where God is.  Those dry seasons come.  You know the ones: the dark, scary seasons.  The […]

reminder for the hard days

A reminder for the days you feel like you aren’t worth anything. For the days you feel like you are drowning in your own mistakes. For the days you wonder if you’ll make it through. If you are even worth the air you breathe. You are more, beloved girl. Let the words of this song […]

stop trying {to be the good girl}

We are taught to be good from childhood. So we strive to always be obedient.  Always do the ‘right’ thing. Always be nice.  Always be kind.  Be patient.  Be loyal.  Be honest… And we try.  We try to hold it all together.  We smile and grit our teeth when we get upset.  We keep it […]