Today’s 5-Minute Devotional: Spread too Thin – “Time and Money” (Ellen Miller)

If there’s one thing we all have in common – regardless of age, income, and profession – it is that we all have been spread too thin at some point specifically when it comes to time and money. And I would even venture to say that this is especially true when it comes to investing our time into others and investing our money into supporting the efforts of those we care about the most. You see, we women are “hardwired” to care deeply, and we are inspired to bring about change for… Read More

Today’s 5-Minute Devotional: “Spread too Thin – The Disappearing Act (Pt.3)” (Ellen Miller)

The “assessment” stage has only been one part of renewing my heart. And, for me, it became the absolute hardest part of preparing for my cocooning process. All the while, after resting, reading, and assessing, it’s finally time to get on to the next stage: dreaming! But first…. A question to ask yourself: What was your last dream? — to graduate from college? — to become a missionary and travel to foreign countries? — to start a business? — to land a new career? — to start a non-profit organization? That itch… Read More

Today’s 5-Minute Devotional: “Spread too Thin – The Disappearing Act (Pt.2)” (Ellen Miller)

Rest is the mind-body-spirit stage of cocooning. During the first couple of weeks of cocooning, I needed to rest my mind from thinking and I had to begin filling it with new perspectives by reading my Bible, spiritual books, and other edifying materials. I also found that meditating on what I’d read and writing out my takeaways helped me to strengthen me and to settle me. As a matter of fact, it was during this stage that I created my very first prayer journal/binder; I use it daily and it has helped… Read More

Today’s 5-Minute Devotional: “Spread too Thin – The Disappearing Act” (Ellen Miller)

I knew I was spread too thin far before I almost had a meltdown in the car. I had been fantasizing for months (maybe even years) about going on a sabbatical because I knew in my heart that I was burned out. And from that experience, I learned that what I need is to spend time “cocooning.” What is “cocooning” you might ask… Cocooning allows you to spend time work on your three “R’s”: resting, renewal, and rededication. My first challenge was relearning to rest! Resting. I’m not very good at this…. Read More

Today’s 5-Minute Devotional: “Spread too Thin – Positive Thoughts” (Ellen Miller)

Oftentimes – especially lately – I’ve found myself spread too thin. And it’s not only because of my to-do lists, demands from my family, and my academic workload, but it’s also because of sheer brain overload caused by the negative voices in my own head. We don’t have to be schizophrenic to know that we deal with a barrage of negative voices and thought that sometimes spread us too thin. Things we literally make up, conclusions we jump to, and the “showdowns” we have to set the record straight! For me, it’s… Read More

The Truth Behind Affirmations

If you believe the phrase ‘you are what you think,’ then life truly stems from your thoughts.  But we can’t rely solely on thoughts.  We must translate thoughts into words, and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions.  This means that we have to be very careful with our words; choosing to speak only those words that work towards our benefit and cultivate the good in and around us. This is where “affirmations” come in! af·firm·a·tion afərˈmāSH(ə)n/ noun plural noun: affirmations the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed. “he… Read More

New Project Coming in 2019!

Super Easy & Delicious Spicy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients: Rice or pasta of your choice 1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp 6 tablespoons (unsalted) butter ½ finely diced onion 1 cup chopped green and red peppers 1-2 tablespoon olive oil 4-5 minced garlic cloves 2 teaspoons lemon juice Spices of your choice (oregano/cayenne/paprika/thyme) 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste   Cooking Instructions: In a bowl, mix salt, pepper, and olive oil to form a fine mixture. Next, add any of the spices of your choice (only a pinch) to this mixture. Add… Read More

Understanding Seasons & Times

Key Verses: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to… Read More

Today’s Devotional: “He Knows Your Name” (Kathy McCown)

“‘Mary!’ Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is Hebrew for ‘Teacher’).” John 20:16 (NLT) After circling this issue for months, we found ourselves at a crossroads, and the decision fell to a family vote. We gathered around the table and posed the question weighing on all of our minds, What should we name this baby boy? Deep into my pregnancy with our fifth child, we struggled to find a name. My husband, Luke, and I narrowed the options down to three names but still needed help picking… Read More