The Reason I Write

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It’s simple, really. I do this writing thing for a reason. This blog is not a haphazard journal of random thoughts or a disheveled version of my personal life. Writing is a purposeful activity that brings me joy.

Yet I don’t write for me. I just get to benefit from my words. You may think that sounds cocky or irreverent, like I’m worshiping my own work. But, really, it’s a humble expression of the God’s-honest truth.

I write so that you will know you’re not alone in your struggles. I write so that you will know love and hope in a tangible way. I write so that you will know the truth of the goodness of God. Not for applause or acclaim. I simply want you to experience one minute, heck, even one second, of God’s grace. Believe me, I couldn’t write a single word without it. Thankfully, I don’t ever have to.

I have a message that can’t be contained. It has to be shared. And after I share it, I am blessed because I didn’t keep it all to myself. However, if I don’t share the truth nestled down deep inside of me, then I am not fully living. The truth sets us free, right? So, if I don’t offer you a taste of the free life, then I’m just hoarding my own freedom. How could I live with myself?


As we all know, freedom doesn’t come without sacrifice. My pain on a page for the world to read, that’s sacrifice. But the glory that God gets through just one person finding hope through my struggles is worth the cost. Isn’t that what life is all about?

Sure, I experience healing from getting my thoughts onto paper. Sometimes, I can’t even talk about my hurt, but strangely, I can always seem to write about it. Once my authentic work is out there, peace follows in the knowing that someone will hopefully identify with it.

The thing is, even when my writing might seem a bit too vulnerable, my heart feels freer once I let the scary feelings out. Fear of judgement is quickly overshadowed by the undeniable presence of God’s love and faithfulness found in my story. These truths never fail to jump up from the page and surprise me. Closing my eyes in fear doesn’t remove His light of love.  

That, dear friends, is my reason for writing. To share the messy, unconventional, irrational grace that God has woven into my very ordinary and completely flawed life. To remind myself as I remind you that God has never left me and He never, ever will.

Why do you write?

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Potential or Problem?







How do you speak to those in your world when an issue arises? What do you call out of them?

One of the things I’m the most passionate about is speaking with intention to everyone around me. Especially my family. Because if I can honor them with my speech first, then honoring those in this world will come naturally.

It’s hard to speak to my son’s potential when I notice him repeating the same frustrating patterns over and over again. But that’s when I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to season my words with salt so I can respond to him in a gracious manner.  (Colossians 4:6)

It’s crazy difficult to address my husband from the viewpoint that he has inherent worth when I only focus on the areas that he lets me down in our marriage. But that’s when I ask God to show me my hubby’s strengths so I can then speak to his amazing purpose.

I think I have the hardest time recognizing when I do this to myself. It’s so natural to resort to self-defeatism when messing up, isn’t it? But if I am really aiming to speak to other’s potential instead of their problems, then I have to include myself. Having eyes to see my flaws isn’t bad, but looking at the flaws more than I look at my flawless God can result in dishonor to not only myself, but to everyone around me.

If I can’t see my own worth through the lens of Christ’s love for me, then I’ll never be able to see it anyone else. And we are ALL made in the image of God. So we are ALL marked for greatness.

Today, this Good Friday, I challenge you (and myself) to consider the words you speak over yourself and others. Are they a good reflection of what God says about His chosen people? Are you misrepresenting the gospel by focusing more on mistakes then on the One who died for every single one of your sins?

Matthew 3:17 says, “This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.” God not only said that about Jesus, but He says it about you and me. We are His adopted children. When we walk in this truth, then we can’t help but speak to the potential of those around us.

Let’s speak the Father’s heart today.


(For more of my thoughts on the importance of words, click on my past post here.) 

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In Hot Pursuit

Pursue (verb)- to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time (Merriam Webster)

Synonyms for “pursue”: chase, run, shadow


What are you chasing after? What is the one thing that you have been pursuing above all else?

I’ve been asking myself this question lately because when life gets hectic, it’s time to re-evaluate priorities. Considering my recent personal loss, I’ve been in a state of “what’s worthwhile and what’s purposeless?” in my daily life.

I’m a deep thinker so everything must have a meaning. And I truly believe that everything does have significance. Nothing happens by chance in my book. No coincidences. However, I can get lost in thought as to what the meaning behind things are and forget about the purpose of today.

Like…neglecting to laugh with my kids right now because my heart is so focused on why I chose to act impatiently with them yesterday. Like…refusing to enjoy my husband’s presence today because my mind is so distracted by why I said harsh words to him last night. My kids and my hubby have let it go. Why can’t I?

The why’s of life can stop us from actually living life. The why’s of life keep us stuck and we end up pursuing things out of pain from our past instead of going after things out of promise for our future.

So, in an effort to pursue the right things, I’m challenging myself to do what Paul says in Hebrews 12:1-2,

“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…”

I can’t possibly be pursuing future joy if I’m holding on to the weight of my past. This means that I have to make a choice about whose shadow I’m going to be standing in…

The shadow of my sin or the shadow of God’s grace?

Both options permit me to chase, to pursue, to run after something “for a long distance or time.”

The shadow of my sin leaves me in the dark always groping for hope and forgiveness. The shadow of God’s grace leads me out of the dark assuring me of hope and forgiveness. The shadow of my sin haunts me in the night and reminds me of my shame. The shadow of God’s grace lavishes me with unconditional love and acceptance because of His Son.

I can be grateful that He has let it go (like my gracious hubby and kids) or hold onto what I’ve done (the sin that entangles) and refuse His mercy.

But the joy, oh the radiant, inexpressible joy, that comes when we look ahead and lay everything else down. He is patiently waiting for us to seek Him with all that is in us. To place Him in the seat of highest honor in our hearts. To pursue the One who has never stopped pursuing us.

How could I resist an offer like that?


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How to Find Your Life’s Purpose


I made a list of twelve books that I want to read this year here. The January selection was “Chazown” by Craig Groeschel.


Why YOU should read it:

Ever wonder what your purpose is? Do you question what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Feel like you’re not really living up to your God-given potential? Then this book is definitely for you! “Chazown” will teach you how to discover your passion through a series of personalized activities that take you on a journey of self-discovery. Chazown literally means “vision.”

My Take:  

I couldn’t put this book down. First of all, the chapters are super short. Second of all, Craig Groeschel is a very witty writer who uses a ton of personal stories alongside humor to keep the reader interested. Lastly, the exercises that he encourages you to do really open your eyes to what you’ve overlooked about yourself or your experiences.

He breaks it down into three categories: Core Values, Spiritual Gifts, and Past Experiences. From these categories, you discover your giftings, beliefs, and personal timeline. Next, Groeschel leads you through the five spokes of your Chazown, which basically give you a plan of action. The five spokes are 1) Your relationship with God, 2) Your relationship with people, 3) Your financial health, 4) Your physical health, and 5) Your life’s work.

After you’ve completed these steps, you are guided through a process of writing your own purpose statement. Goals are outlined and resources are highlighted.

Personal Life 

Did this book help me refine my focus and get me on the track to fulfilling my dreams? YES! I have a list of things that I can clearly say I feel called to do with my life now because of this amazing book.

I couldn’t recommend this book more! It’s great for small groups and if you go to this link, there are video teachings and online tests that you can take to help you on your Chazown journey as well!

Proverbs 29:18 – ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.”