A prayer for first thing in the morning

3 Ways Lent Could Change your Life

“So, what are you giving up for Lent?” The question took me by surprise; I had never thought about it before. The question came up as often as did friendly inquiries about my weekend. And I didn’t know what to say. Back then I’d never seen posts like this one on 50 unique ideas of what to give up for …

3 Must-Haves in a Planner for Goal Setting (and Achieving!)

Are you in a season of goal setting? If so, do yourself a favor and invest in a fantastic planner. These are my 3 must-haves in a planner that help me keep my goals. 1 of 3 Must-Haves in a Planner is Goal Setting for the Year Every year we dream of how the year could be better. The iBloom …

The True Story Behind My First 40 Day Sugar Fast

“Do you love Me more than sugar?” The thought startled me out of my reverie. What kind of a question is that?! Of course I love Jesus. I had grown up in church, surrendered my life to Him at the age of five, and faithfully served Him ever since. I had loved Jesus as far back as I could remember. …

my favorite books read in 2017

Favorite Books Read in 2017–Have you read these?

What’s your favorite books read in 2017?  If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably read a few gems and a lot of duds. Let’s face it: there are A LOT of books in the wide world, and not nearly enough time to read them all. And don’t you hate it when someone asks for a book recommendation and you know you’ve …

joy of christmas

How to Reclaim the Joy of Christmas

“Are you excited for Christmas?” I ducked my head, suddenly interested in the specks at the bottom of my mug of passion fruit tea. As the silence drew long, I finally met her gaze. No use hiding, I thought to myself. “Not really,” I admitted. Her eyebrows shot up, but her eyes softened. “Why is that?” she asked. I took …