I didn’t grow up celebrating Advent, but in recent years I’ve found such joy in the practice of Advent. It’s brought the focus to this season I always felt was missing in my life but could never articulate. In case you fear introducing Advent will be like a second job, let me just put those fears to rest!
THIRTY ONE days separate Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. That's just enough time for us to lose our minds. Let's reclaim our holidays by replacing the craziness with gratitude! (Plus you just might win some of my favorite books!)
After a surprising conversation with my friend Chris last week, I found myself somewhere between conviction and motivation as I contemplated this simple truth: we never outgrow growth. But, if I’m not careful, I can get so busy with learning I think I’m actually doing….
This photo promptly landed itself in the "never share publicly" category because of that extra roll of flesh hanging over my pants in the front (that you may not have even noticed until I pointed it out). Ladies, why do we pick ourselves apart? We are better than this. I've made a lot of room for negativity when it comes to body image. I’ve been trying to “fix” myself for about as long as I can remember. It's time to re-write the messages I'm believing about myself! And honestly, the stakes couldn't be higher [...]
I recently asked one of the busiest people I know how she finds rest, and boy did she give insight I desperately needed. Turns out rest has much more to do with the posture of our hearts than the activities of our days […]
“Meredith, where have the new blog posts been?” Well, that’s a good question. About a year ago, I considered two ideas that had been swirling around my heart and mind quite some time: grad school and writing a book. The book won. Even though I kept waiting for everything to be perfect: perfect words. Perfect concept. Perfect platform. Perfect timing. But as we all know: “perfect” doesn’t exist. And here we are. One year later….
So much of life is sweeter if it’s shared! I'm looking for some fun, enthusiastic friends to help spread the word via social media, email, and everyday conversations! All the fun will start Monday (May 21). Launch team members will receive all kinds of goodies. PLEASE JOIN US!
My introduction to motherhood looked nothing like I thought it would. There was no pregnancy, no baby shower, no planning, and no hopeful anticipation. The phone call woke me from a dead sleep…it’s been 11 years since the call asking us to take in a 15-year-old. And now, with a 7 and 3-year-old, I wonder if I’m doing it right. But nothing prepared me for all God would teach me about myself and about Him. While I hope to teach my children some important things – like how to go potty, tie their shoes, and show kindness – I’m pretty sure they are really the ones teaching me.
I invited my friend, Jennifer Culverhouse, to give us a quick education on where our beauty budget should really go - especially as busy women who are on a budget (o.k., I'M on a budget...let's be honest). Here's what she had to say...