Loving Less and Loving It

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On some real:

I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.

So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)

Anyway.

I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.

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20 Must Study Bible Study Topics

 

20 Must Study Bible Study Topics

Last year, I took Joyce Meyer’s #3030challenge. I studied the Bible daily for 30 minutes then posted what I learned. I’d like to go back and share some of the topics that were particularly eye-opening. I hope you find them helpful!

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The Baby Mama of Noble Character

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Christian women love comparing themselves to Proverbs 31. I think I would, too. Except Mrs. Proverbs 31 is a wife and I’m not. I’m a single mother. Some days it hurts knowing that I don’t have the perfect family. After all, no little girl says, “I wanna be a baby mama when I grow up.” But I do try to live a life as close to the Bible as possible.

Not just for me, but for my Nugget. I can’t raise her to love the Word if I’m living like a heathen. So I take the Bible and incorporate it into my life as best I can. Hoping that somewhere along the way my daughter will see the importance of following Christ. If I fail in every other area, at least she’ll have Jesus- which is really all she needs. Until then…

The Baby Mama of Noble Character
Based on Proverbs 31:10-31

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Part of God’s Strategic Plan

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)


Originally, I was working towards a career in investment banking. My plans revolved around anything with the highest payoff. Because money.

Then I meandered into the field of Information Technology in Higher Education and grew too specialized to escape. I figured it was one of life’s detours that could’ve ended up a lot worse. So…

For all intents and purposes, I am content.

These past few weeks, I’ve been at conferences where I had the distinct privilege of presenting on behalf of my university’s IT department.

It was at the Annual Computing Conference where I learned that God had strategically placed me where I’m at today.

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Books I’m Reading

Bible Study Guides

The 40-Day Bible Adventure: A Fascinating Journey to Understanding God’s Word
By Christopher D. Hudson

Know Your Bible Illustrated
By Paul Kent

Pocket Bible Handbook
By George W. Knight

Ultimate Bible Guide: A Complete Walk-Through of All 66 Books of the Bible
Holman Reference


Devotionals

Devoted: 365 Days of Encouragement for Your Walk with the Lord

The Leadership Excellence Devotional
By Pat Williams with Jim Denney

One-Minute Inspirations for Women
By Elizabeth George


Other

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book
By Dr. David Jeremiah

Combating Spiritual Stagnation

For the past week, I was both angry and depressed. I didn’t understand how despite all the progress I made in my faith (and in life in general), I was still subject to the same sh*t that had me a wreck last year.

Christianity is the hardest lifestyle anyone could choose. I considered giving it up more than a few times. What’s the point of praying, going to Church, and reading the Bible if nothing has changed?

Quitting would be too convenient, though. One thing I learned from my old days is:

If your fix stops working, don’t give up. Get more.

After much prayer and deliberation, I realized a lot has actually changed.

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Does It Ever Get Better?

I’ve received so many encouraging words from all of you regarding my post, “I said, ‘No.’” And I appreciate your support more than I can eloquently put in words. Some of you have shared your own stories that have touched my heart. We’re in this thing called life together.

But that is, by far, my rawest post. I still cringe when I read it. Like sprinkling salt on an open wound.

I talk a good game. I put on an even better show.

If we met in the streets, you’d never know my life was anything but perfect because that’s what life is all about, isn’t it?

Appearances, appearances, appearances.

I’m starting to learn just how fragile appearances are. Yesterday was a good day. I was happy for most of it.

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