Faith is hoping for the unseen

Have you ever had your faith tested so much so, that you step into something God asks you to do, then wonder what in the world you just got yourself into?  This journey to Bethel in Redding, CA has seemed like this to me…over and over again.  Plans fall through, I panic, I doubt that…

Preparing for the next grand adventure

On my 19th birthday, my boyfriend took me horseback riding, then for a picnic, before dropping to one knee and asking me to be his bride.  I had no idea that when I said “yes,” I was to experience the most difficult and stressful year of my life. A few weeks after our engagement, he…

15 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

Frizzy, curly hair is a nuisance and there is nothing worse than damaged hair.  It is course and dried out, it feels like straw, it is always frizzy, and breaks so easily.  The damage seems to be so evident, regardless of what style you are wearing – and that is embarrassing…so how can you tame…

To the Christian girl who feels all alone

  I’m sure you would agree that lately, almost everyone you know is either getting engaged, married, or having a baby.  We are all at that age.  Literally dozens and dozens of my friends are in these stages of life right now.  Each day, there is a new announcement from someone regarding one of these…

Satan’s attack and God’s call for women to rise up!

The past two weeks were rough ones for me, physically, mentally and emotionally.  I was plagued with thoughts that I constantly had to rebuke and accusations that I always had to negate.  Taking every thought captive was a moment-by-moment action, constantly.  I do not remember struggling like this since I was a teenager.  My very…

13 easy ways to lose weight without dieting

Not many people look forward to an Atkins diet or running 6 miles each day.  So the good news is that there are other ways to cut down body fat without hardcore dieting.  That’s exciting, right? Serving sizes are something that our society is great at overlooking.  Whether we go out to eat or have…

14 money-saving habits to get into

Bargain shop, hit sales, and use coupons. Find the cheapest local grocery store and get your grocery items there.  You will not believe how much money you will save.  For one, I am a huge fan of Aldi’s.  For the same price, I can get at least twice as much there as I can at…

My advice for newly-weds and those still “figuring it out.”

Don’t keep secrets – always be honest! Many of you have probably heard the saying, “It is better to deliver a small lie than a painful truth.” No!  A lie, no matter how small, is still a lie!  Always be honest.  Brian and I committed, even while we were courting, to always be honest with…

5 Things I Learned About Newlyweds and Finances

In these past 7 months as a young wife, I have discovered countless things and learned many lessons.  One of them is that you can learn a great deal about yourself by looking at how you handle finances.  Another, more important discovery is:  how you and your spouse work together when it comes to money…

Are you preparing for marriage?

What does “it’s worth the wait” even mean? Have I mentioned that sex is amazing?  It is so, totally, worth that wait.  I was told this my entire life, but never really understood why, or what it meant.  Does it mean that that sex is 100 times better after the marriage vows are said?  No,…

Secrets to a great sex life

Sex is different for husbands and wives  You have probably heard it said that a man feels loved when he gets sex, and a woman has sex to feel loved.  I believe this to be, more or less, true.  A man feels the most loved when he has sex – if his wife satisfies him,…

Why is pre-marital sex wrong?

Why does God say “no” to pre-marital sex? Honestly, pre-marital sex is just not worth it.  Do not forfeit the entirety of God’s plan for you for a few minutes of temporary pleasure.  But instead, wait for your future spouse, where you will have a lifetime full of love, intimacy, and happiness. I cannot say…