Healing Bone Broth

I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions. I do however take the start of a new year as an opportunity to examine our family’s lifestyle and some things I’d like to incorporate throughout the upcoming year. While I partner with others in their journey to better health, I’m always encouraging them to choose 1-2 things they can commit to, to make small changes in their health. I do the same for my family and myself! At the start of 2016, I chose some nutrition changes I’d like to make in our family. One was being more intentional about the colors of foods we were eating at each meal (i.e. fruit and veggie varieties), to ensure a balanced nutritional content and benefit. Another was to start making bone broth and increasing our consumption of this super food.

While I haven’t done either as well as I had intended, I did make our first batch of bone broth in March…and I’m finally writing a blog to share our experience and recipe. (I never said I put a time line on these New Year nutritional changes or in sharing them with others!) I have to say, YUM! It was delicious! I noticed the flavor was richer than the chicken stock/broth I’ve purchased at the store. The kids loved it as well!


So, why did I want to start making bone broth? I mean, since I’m such a queen in the kitchen, why not, right? Not really! I often feel a bit inadequate when attempting new things. I believe in healthy eating, and we do eat healthy…but we also eat a lot of the same things, hence these two New Year changes. Many will even say how easy bone broth is to make, and while it actually was, I was a bit intimated, for some reason! But, I know the benefits of bone broth, and we use broth frequently, so it makes sense to make it from scratch!

I’ve had several people ask some of the benefits of bone broth. While I’m no expert, there are a lot of studies and experts who provide so much knowledge on this topic! Some that I’m most intrigued with are the benefits of bone broth for infections like colds and flu, digestion, allergies, inflammation and pain, relaxation, bone repair and growth, healthy skin, healthy hair & nails…the list goes on and on.

For me, it was relaxing to spend some time in the kitchen, the aroma of the bone broth for 12 hours was enticing, and the benefits were rewarding. My middle son loved helping me as well, which is encouraging to both him and I!

I saved the frames of our whole chickens (free-range) when we fixed them. Once I had enough (2-3 pounds of bones) I was ready to make our first batch of broth! I purchased some organic carrots, organic celery, organic onion, organic parsley, and organic garlic. I also gathered apple cider vinegar, filtered water with my Shaklee Water Pitcher, and my stainless steel stockpot.


  • 2-3 lbs of bones (we chose free-range chicken bones)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions (Details found here. I followed a version of what Wellness Mama shared. My version is simplified and basic, check her details out!)

  1. I placed the chicken bones into my large stockpot, and added my filtered water. I then added the apple cider vinegar. I let these 3 ingredients sit in the cool water, while I prepared the veggies.
  2. I washed and chopped the veggies. (will add parsley and garlic later, so set aside)
  3. Add the veggies to the pot and begin to boil.
  4. After combination has begun to boil, reduce to a simmer for the remaining time. I let mine simmer for 10-12 hours. (Some time I will try a crock-pot version!)

We used our first batch up pretty quickly. The boys and I all sipped on a cup of warm broth and it was so soothing. We weren’t even sick! I kept some fresh in the refrigerator for the next couple of days, and froze the rest. I was so glad to have this homemade chicken bone broth for upcoming meals! It not only tastes amazing, but I know I’m providing whole body health for my family. Plus, I enjoy making it!


Small steps lead to big results! What are you doing TODAY to change your TOMORROW?


An Awakening Harvest

When I started my day yesterday, I had planned to pick tomatoes with my children…I had no idea how big God would show up and fill my heart.

Isn’t it humbling when you are awakened to God’s beauty in your everyday life? Do you know what I mean? Like, a moment where you stop in your tracks, and say, “wow, God, I take this for granted.” This happens to me frequently. Often, it’s when I’m talking with my children, perhaps a close friend who is speaking truth into me or my family, but there are times where it’s just me, my task at hand, and the conviction from the Holy Spirit.

Just yesterday afternoon, my 3 boys and I were harvesting some tomatoes from our garden. We were talking about how each of them looked different; some were split open, some were perfectly round, some were all red, some were mostly green, some were rotten, some were ripe, some were big and some were small…we had a great impromptu home school lesson indeed! As we filled our baskets, I was so thankful for our bountiful harvest.

See, we planted our garden very late this year. We had a home project that prevented early planting of our seeds, and we even contemplated skipping our garden for this year. But, we looked ahead and realized how much we appreciate our vegetables, year round! So we gave it a shot. We had no idea if anything would grow, but why not try and plant the seeds!

My husband worked hard at tilling our garden, we planted the seeds, and we watered, and watered, and watered. Many weeds would grow, and we’d clean them up. Suddenly, we spotted some tomatoes blooming! My husband would say almost daily, “If I could get just one red tomato this year, I’d be happy.”

Fast-forward over many weeks, and we were blessed beyond expectations. We reaped a harvest much larger than we anticipated! And we are grateful!

This brings me back to yesterday afternoon. As I was bringing in baskets of tomatoes to prepare for preserving, I had such a wave of conviction come over me.

“Look at what God does for us. We planted few seeds, had little faith of a harvest, yet He proved to be faithful once again. Look at this harvest.”

I had to stop in my tracks and pause to really take this moment in. It wasn’t just about the bountiful crop of tomatoes, it was about the seed planted! About the harvest!

When I started to observe the tomatoes closer, I went back to the conversations my boys and I had while picking them. No two tomatoes were the same, yet they would both help provide nourishment over the months to come. Some were big, some were small, but all were a blessing! I couldn’t have predicted, to the very tiny detail, about how each and every tomato would look. I had an idea, but not the details. I didn’t predict the feeling of joy that God filled me with when my boys and I spent time picking these tomatoes. I didn’t predict the anticipation of getting that first, ripe tomato and the fun it brought to our family that evening at dinner. I didn’t predict this feeling of total gratefulness of God’s beauty each and every day, while preparing to wash these tomatoes.

Breathtaking. God is breathtaking.

 You see, what this reminded me of, is how God is faithful in His word. This reminded me of how I often take our harvest for granted.

Each and every seed that we plant, will reap a harvest. We can have an idea of the type of harvest (we want and expect), but we may not see the beauty in each and every detail of these blessings.

What kinds of seeds are we planting? Into our family, friends, community, strangers? Are we planting seeds of love, hope, righteousness?

What about planting seeds of peace?

“and those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18

How encouraging is this? Plant peace, reap righteousness. Are we peace-makers? Are we lifting one another up? Are we showing love, mercy, grace? How are we showing Christ to others?

What about planting seeds of tears?

“those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” Psalm 126:5

When we are in sorrow, we can plant these seeds of tears, clinging to Christ, laying our burdens before Him, and he can turn our grieving into joy! These are moments of refining, of spiritual growth.

I know there have been times where I don’t even know what seeds I am planting, or where God is guiding me to plant seeds.

“I said, plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts for now is the time to seek the lord that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

By preparing our hearts (just like my husband prepared the land for the garden), asking God to forgive our sins, and asking God to guide us, he promises righteousness upon us. Being broken before our Lord…He provides vision and provision. I know I must continue to plant seeds, nurture them, and rely on God to make them grow.

While I washed and juiced these beautiful tomatoes last evening, I had such an overwhelming feeling of Joy. God was showing me so many blessings that I hadn’t glorified Him for. Tiny seeds that He has guided and strengthened me to plant, have begun to bloom and grow into a bountiful harvest. Some are now blessings I could have predicted, and others, no prediction at all. Some are still being nurtured by Christ, and I have not yet seen a harvest, and don’t know how the harvest will even look!

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”

1 Corinthians 3:6

What I do know, is God is faithful. He is guiding me to plant seeds. While I seek Him and long to glorify Him, he provides a harvest that continues to nourish me. He nourishes me in my spiritual walk with Him, and my earthly walk with others. Even when I contemplate skipping out on Him (and sometimes do). Even when I limit His blessing (like saying we’d be happy with just…). Even when I fall short time and time again. He is faithful.

What beauty Gods shows us. What beautiful ways He shows up! When I started my day yesterday, I had planned to pick tomatoes with my children…I had no idea how big God would show up and fill my heart.


With a High Five, a Hug, and a Smooch…I See You

For My Husband

When I have a moment to reflect on God’s blessings in my life, in our lives, I am able to slow down and really see these blessings in a different light. Many of these things are shared, but it’s in the everyday moments that I never really get to tell you how I see you, how I see God in you.

In this season of life, there are many days we pass with a high five, a hug, and a smooch. Between the roles God has entrusted us with, we make a team, a great team. But, it’s really you that I see so much love, patience, grace, and helpfulness.

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I see you.

I see you set your alarm and count the very few hours of sleep you will get between ending one shift and beginning another.

I see you putting on a bulletproof vest, each and every day, to go out into this world, that to be honest is a world that scares me.

I see you doing this humbled, confident, eager, and out of love to serve

I see you experience a wave of emotions throughout your workday, yet always trying to figure out the how you should feel.

I see you stop for a quick lunch, yet leaving in moments to help where needed.

I see you reflect on your own words, actions, and purpose.

I see you strive to be better. Every. Single. Day.

I see you genuinely care for your brothers and sisters in blue, for your community.

I see God working in and through you.

 I see you work long hours, yet always come home and ask how our day was.

I see you pick up overtime; yet always ask if it will be ok with us.

I see you work a long shift, yet come right home and jump in with the duties of the home.

I see you, sometimes looking exhausted, yet still helping with getting the boys to bed.

I see you, the way you support me, and what God is doing in and through me.

I see you come home, even after what could have been a heart-wrenching day, and try to tune out the noise of work, to be present with our boys. (I can’t imagine this, not for one moment)

I see you doing laundry and help with dishes, not because you want them done, because you know those things matter to me.

I see you eating new recipes I try (even when they are a fail!), because you know it matters to me.

I see you extending grace, patience, and love to me. Every. Single. Day. (And boy, am I thankful for you doing this!)

I see you supporting our homeschooling journey, even when I am in doubt or tears.

I see you supporting our Shaklee business, even when it means you are the solo parent while I’m away.

I see you reading my blog, and encouraging me to be obedient and continue hearing God’s voice.

I see God strengthening you, working in and through you.

I see you and the way you light up when the boys run out to welcome you.

I see you put off your never-ending to-do list, to go for a bike ride or play a game of basketball or football.

I see you count down the days until you have a day off where you can spend time with and pour into our boys.

I see you pray with our boys (and I know this is God doing big things).

I see you encourage the boys to learn at church and at home.

I see you model how to respect a wife and a mom.

I see you always willing to help those in need, those we are close with and those we barely know.

I see you getting uncomfortable and growing in your Faith.

I see you trusting God more and more each day,

I see God leading, strengthening, and working in and through you.

So on those days, where we may only have a high five, a hug and a smooch, please always know, I don’t take any part of you for granted. I love you and I see God in you.

What’s your FUEL?

“Things could be worse…”

…how many of us have ever been told that, or perhaps said that to someone we love? Yes, yes, things could always be worse, but why do we tend to think about those things in that way? I like thinking, “Oh, but how things will get better!” Yes, isn’t that visual much better? Don’t you see how our minds have been “trained” to think. I, too, have thought that way for years. I have found myself experiencing a lot of negative self-chatter. I often listen(ed) to the “what-ifs” going on in my mind, and often let them take hold of me. I then starting having so many nudges (you know the kind I’m talking about) to change that thinking. To fuel myself, to focus on what really matters, and have more fun! And you know what? It really works!


FUEL—what fuels you? Take a moment to really think about that. For me; Christ, my tribe, and growing in health. So, naturally, I fuel myself with these things.


F ocus on Christ

-Throughout the day, I turn to Him, think of Him, and talk to Him.

U nderstand His promises (and undo the negative “chatter”)

-What does the Bible say about who God is? When we understand and focus on these things, we feel such an overwhelming sense of Peace.

E mbrace the freedom in Him

-What does the bible say about who we are because of Christ? Affirm these things. I write them out and speak them daily!

L ive fully with Him…have FUN!

-Is there anything greater than the acceptance of our Father? His forgiveness? His love? His guidance? Is there anything more important than living for His kingdom purpose?!

Are you feeling fueled? I know I am!

Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”

Tribe. What about our tribe? Who are you doing life with? I know I couldn’t thrive in young motherhood if it wasn’t for my tribe; my family, my dear sisters in Christ. Oh how I praise God for the people He’s placed in my path, to encourage, to be encouraged by, to be vulnerable with, to extend and receive grace from, to truly experience the love Jesus wants us to share and receive from others. I ask you now, who do you praise Jesus for? Tell them!

Health. What fuels me in health? Eating to live, supplementing to thrive., and helping others do the same. (I’m not 100% there in my eating, but I sure do try!) We try to eat a good, balanced diet. We look at new recipes, make food prepping fun, have dance parties while cooking, really enjoying the journey of healthy living. We also supplement to fill in the gaps from our diet. Some of my favorite supplements to help with my thinking, my attitude, decreasing anxiety (which leads to negative self-chatter), really, my overall health are the following; Protein (start each day with a tasty shake!) BComplex, Omega 3’s, Probiotic, a good Multivitamin, Vitamin D, and Calcium & Magnesium (I take Shaklee Vitalizer, which is a convenient strip of some these listed nutrients!) One of my FAVORITE products to calm myself down if stress is taking over my thinking, is Shaklee Stress Relief Complex. This product is a momma must-have!

I’m also getting back into my rhythm of exercising, which is important to our health as well. Has anyone else gotten out of a great habit like exercising before? Why do we do that? Oh, how I love clearing my mind of clutter and filling it with truth when I’m on a run. What a perfect time to praise Christ for His beauty and to praise Him for His work in us. It’s a great time to really seek His wisdom and discernment.

I’d like to ask you today, what FUELS you? What do you THINK about? When you let your mind wander, do you like what you envision? I love that we are in control of our thinking. We choose what fuels us. We choose what we allow to take hold of our thoughts and even more so, our actions.

So, the next time you are having a “less than perfect” day, instead of thinking, “well, things could always be worse,” why not try saying, “oh, but how things will get better!” This is the greatest promise we have in Christ, when we are saved by Him!

2 Corinthians 10:5
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

The Power of Christ in Community

“You always seem to have it all together…”

How many of you have ever been told that, or said that to someone? I’ve had it both ways. I’m sure many of you have as well. As I sit here now, enjoying the sun shining above me warming my shoulders, listening to the sounds of lawn mowers, hammers, tractors and planters, and tiny voices of innocent children (well, they are innocently playing in the sand right now however, this could change any moment!) I am ignoring not having it all together. Because sometimes, I must do that in order to be still in God’s presence. As I lay my baby down for a nap, I had a list of to-do’s I was ready to tackle. Not one of them was to simply enjoy God’s beauty. So as I began to tackle that never-ending to-do list, I felt the oh-so-familiar conviction to ignore those distractions, and share what God put on my heart. So as I write, I only pray this may encourage someone, as I know I’ve been encouraged. Set aside that to-do list for just a few moments…

When I think back to over five years ago, when my husband and I were really looking at what it meant to “build health” I remember thinking…

“Wow, so and so really knows what they are doing. They have it all together.”

I felt overwhelmed and often defeated. I longed for encouragement and empowerment in this journey of growing a healthy family.

Being “healthy” isn’t always easy. But to us, it’s important. So we pray for wisdom, learn from mistakes, commit, and encourage others along the way. We are thankful for Grace! And to be honest, we love our lifestyle! I love growing my knowledge in health. I love the way we feel. I love teaching my children about our body and sharing how the food that God gave us feeds us in a special way. I love all of this. But I have to say, I mostly love the community of like-minded people we are surrounded by, to encourage and be encouraged along the way.

So my dream has been to create a strong community so others feel the peace in healthy living that we do. To use this community of like-minded people, to impact lives everywhere, to be part of the change to better health. And, to glorify Christ each step of the way.

Weaving Christ into our Hearts our Health and our Happiness.

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Many of you attended or perhaps heard about our recent Health Revival. (Some of you, maybe not!) This was an opportunity for some of our Power Partners to join forces and create a community and support system for others who want to grow in their health. It’s interesting as I sit here and write this, because it was exactly one year ago today, that God first started changing my vision, my dreams. Giving me a conviction that only comes from the Holy Spirit.

A lot of work went into planning this Health Revival; Bold prayers, strong women working together, ups and downs, excitement, fear…you name it, we probably experienced it. I’ll even share that at one point (after some shifts in planning) we even considered cancelling it.

Talk about the enemy cheering for that!

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 But guess what, we didn’t cancel! We instead, prayed. Our prayer warriors prayed. (Kori and Harper, I especially can’t thank you enough for your amazing support and outpouring of love during that moment when I asked for bold prayers. I really can’t even express the rush of emotion that God moved me with. Thank you.) We prayed that God’s plan continue to be accelerated. We prayed that God lay His hand on this event and bless it in the way He wanted.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Fast forward to the week of the event. Wow. God is so faithful. Everything came together just perfectly. (Brooke, Stephanie, Rebecca, Sandi, thank you so much for your hard work! Seriously, you’re a complete Godsend!) We were on fire and ready to share health!

So what was I hoping for in this event? Love to be shared and felt. The main things that I’ve felt called to do over this past year is to


So that’s exactly what I was looking at for this event; to lead, empower, and encourage others in their walk through health. We wanted to encourage in not only physical health, but emotional and spiritual as well.

As I look back, I know that some of those very things were accomplished. Was it everything I envisioned…no, it was more! People have reached out and shared what they gained from the event, that they can’t wait until the next Health Revival, that they are ready to COMMIT to increasing their knowledge in health and COMMIT to making small changes. Cheers! Success! Thank you, God.

What I didn’t expect was the abundance of hope, peace, joy, thankfulness, empowerment, encouragement, and love. Yes, right now I’m talking about my own feelings. At the end of Saturday, May 21 (our Health Revival), I sat down to praise God in my journal. I hadn’t had a quiet moment for a few hours after the revival to really reflect. I ran through the presentation, the expressions on the faces, the amazing women who joined in the event to not only grow in their own health journey, but to show support to our dream. (I can’t thank those of you who attended enough!) I thought about what I liked and what I would change next time. But I was led to shift my thinking and I then thought about all the phone calls and text messages that dear friends sent that day. Prayers left on voicemail. Encouraging cards sent. I couldn’t hold back the tears. While my focus was to encourage others, I couldn’t praise God enough for the encouragement that He gave me through others. While I was working so hard to form a community, I realized…I’m in a community! While I worked hard to be a blessing for others…I was blessed. When I focused on glorifying Him in the event…HE WAS INDEED GLORIFIED!

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

It’s so amazing how God uses our focus on Him, our walk in obedience, and our service, to bless us in ways that (I didn’t) we may not even envision. Wow, God is Great!

As I flip through my journal over this past year, starting with one year ago today, I see God’s faithfulness and I’m moved beyond words. He is truth. He is faithful. He is the way. My passion is Christ, my family, and building a community for health. I want to lead, empower, and encourage others in this journey of life. What’s yours? He will be faithful in your God-given gifts. You don’t have to have it all together. Trust me, I don’t! I fail day in and day out. But, God is faithful. He is full of Grace, and full of Love. So won’t you join this community of Christ seekers, Christ followers? We never have to have it all together to be accepted by Him!

Faithful Obedience

Shaking hands.

Quivering words.

Overflowing heart.

Excited soul.

That begins to sum up how I feel when I try to be obedient in Christ…

Many people have asked me why I’m so passionate about my journey. People have asked how my life has shifted to where it is today. Some people have no idea anything about my life, and maybe want to keep it that way 😉 I am in awe at how God has placed each stepping stone for where He has me today. I wanted to share a bit about this journey, and how Power Partners came to be.

Faithful obedience

A few years ago, while I was a full-time high school biology teacher, I started to feel my heartstrings being pulled a bit. This was the first time I felt such a strong “calling” if you will. I started to have a strong desire to stay at home with my babies. Financially, this was not a reality, but spiritually, I had such a peace about being faithful and trusting God. So, I prayed. I prayed like I’ve never prayed before. I wrote prayer petitions, and had loved ones sign them and pray over them with me. I didn’t stop praying. I began to have an excitement like never before, because God started providing abundantly.

First vision; Start sharing Shaklee. This is when I saw that having a Shaklee business was my vehicle to stay home with my babies. Now, for anyone who knows me well, I’m not necessarily business savvy. I actually had no idea at the time, what it would take to have a health business. But I knew one thing…God brought this passion to me and made it alive in my heart. I trusted that He would pave the way. I also knew that I have a passion to educate others, and a passion to help others. I’ve been this way my entire life. I felt this was such a perfect combo, given our family had been experiencing great health with Shaklee!

Fast forward a few months and I was able to resign my position as a teacher, all Glory to God. This was no easy decision to make alone, because I truly loved my job and the community I worked in. But again, God put such a peace in my heart, and I knew that I was being obedient. I was finally going to be able to be with my sweet kiddos all day!

Over the next year I continued to grow our Shaklee business. I loved every minute of it because hundreds of lives were changing.   People would call me in tears because their health was improving; therefore their life was improving. I was also meeting some pretty amazing people who have become dear friends. I was also blown away at how God was providing for us financially, as I began staying home with our children. I was living the dreams God put in my heart, and I still can’t praise Him enough for His goodness in it all. I began to have even bigger dreams, and felt I was to do even more with this journey, for His Glory.

Next vision; Grow a team to have a bigger effect on this community. It’s really funny how God works, isn’t it? I started having such a desire to grow a team of people who wanted to do what I was doing. I started feeling how much fun it would be to brainstorm ways to change more and more lives with other passionate people. I knew that the power of a team was much more powerful than myself alone. I knew that the team needed God as our focus, and prayer as our power. Guess what happened…I prayed. I prayed like I’ve never prayed before. And, God provided. He started growing our team like I truly couldn’t believe. And you know what, it is fun! It’s amazing at the ideas that come when like-minded people have a passion and are on a mission!

Oh and here we go…another vision…This one however, I still can’t put into words, because I’m not even sure what His will is in this. But I do know one thing. I’m praying. I’m praying like I’ve never prayed before. I’m praying boldly that God will use me to Glorify Him. I’m praying to be obedient. I’m praying for courage because to be honest, I’m doing a lot of things that terrify me. (Starting a blog for example).

 I still remember the day that God shook me. He shook me hard. The house was empty; I had planned some serious prayer time because I was feeling like I needed some alone time with God. I have never felt as energized, as excited, as hopeful, but at the same time as confused as I did that day. I felt an excitement that was indescribable. My passion to be obedient to the unknown is unexplainable. I still can’t express what I feel God is doing, and perhaps it’s because I truly don’t know! I just feel so much desire to be bold. To be courageous. To step out in total faith. And I feel so at peace doing so.

 “We walk by faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

So here we are, in the present, and I’m sharing our journey. This is how Power Partners has come to be. By God’s Grace; with my passion for the Lord, my passion for health, and my passion for a happy heart, I’m leading and growing this team to help others Weave Christ into our Hearts, our Health, and our Happiness. We hope to help others grow closer to Christ, help achieve optimum health, and have an overwhelming feeling of happiness that can only come from God. By doing these things, we believe we can be well, feel great, and live fully.  I feel God launched our Shaklee business to help develop my platform, my courage for outreach. He has used this opportunity to unite so many of us with similar passions and a love of Christ. I’m in complete awe at his magnificent plan. I know He is doing bigger and better things than I can ever imagine…and all to Glorify Him!!!!

God has transformed what I thought to be “my vehicle” into what He knows is His bigger plan.

The enemy doesn’t like this. He attacks really hard. There have been peaks and valleys, as one would expect. He attacks my thinking, my relationships, my passion, my focus. I often question everything and feel pretty darn inadequate. (The enemy laughs at that!) But God is igniting all of these things far more than the enemy can attack. I must “put on the full armor of God, so that I can take stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11

Hebrews 13:21 reminds me that “He will equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ…”

It’s a spiritual warfare, and God is fighting for me, so that I can shine for Him and with Him!

Deuteronomy 20:4 “for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”

When I reflect back almost 6 years ago, I had nothing like this life on my radar. Thank goodness God gives me the desires of my heart, Psalm 37:4, because my own desires are so small compared to God’s plan for my life.

I’m praying to be Faithfully Obedient. I’m praying. I’m praying like I’ve never prayed before, and this time; I’m stepping out in bigger faith than ever before. I will be obedient, and I only want to Glorify Him. I want to ask and thank each of you for praying alongside me. I truly thank you for your support in this journey!


Joy in My Reflection

Joy is our family’s word of the year. We choose Joy. Yes, easy to say, and easy to “do”, but sometimes it’s not so easy to “feel”…at least for me.

As I write out my prayer this evening, to my Heavenly Father, I pray that I feel joy in my reflection. And I also pray that He be glorified through this prayer, and this post.

Heavenly Father, I come to you today. I want to praise you for your beautiful gifts. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, spring is so near. What a glorious day. Lord I come to you at the end of the day, at the end of an exhausting day. A day where I don’t feel very joyful, and really I should be more than joyful. Lord, I ask for forgiveness in my moments of sin, for my moments of weakness. Oh precious Father, I praise you for your Grace. Lord I pray you shine through me, so that all glorifies you. I come to you this evening and want to share my thoughts, my moments, with others. I pray you lift me up, so that I can shine for you.

As I reflect on today, as I do at the “end” of most days, Lord, today I feel guilty.

Joy. Joy is our word, yet today, I didn’t do well at choosing joy. It’s so hard. So much seems to pile up Lord. The baby only slept 40 minutes all day. Nick has worked countless days and nights, and I don’t remember the last time he had a full day off. I can’t seem to get my house clean. I didn’t play with the big boys but for a few moments today. Am I pouring enough love into them? I feel over-committed in some aspects of my day. Lord, I haven’t had restful sleep in over a year. Why am I complaining, I am so blessed??? Lord, how can I be better for you? Lord, my heart is heavy for friends that are hurting. Heavenly father, who am I letting down today? Why is the enemy attacking so hard? Why don’t I enjoy each and every moment, because I know time is moving by so quickly? Lord, why are the days so long, yet the years so fast? Precious Father, am I following your path for my life?? Lord, how can you use me when I’m a mess myself?

I want to go back through these moments where I was feeling attacked, where I didn’t choose joy well. I want to choose joy now, Joy in my Reflection.


Lord, thank you for the trust you have in me to raise these children.

Lord, thank you for a husband who will literally do anything to provide for his family. Who works without grumbling, and who comes home with open arms to do anything he can to make my day easier. Wow, how did I get so lucky?

Lord, thank you for this house. Thank you for the laundry that clothes us, for the toys that entertain us, and for the mess that my children really don’t mind one bit. Lord I know I like a clean house, but thank you for the reminder at the end of the day, that I was able to clean one full room, and with a toddling baby right at my feet singing along with my “wanna-be” singing voice.

Lord, thank you for the memories of hiding Easter eggs in the neighbor’s yard, for our short dance party, for baseball chatter all day, and for a pretty competitive game of “war” tonight. Lord, thank you for the countless hugs, kisses, “I love you’s”, and baby rocking moments.

Lord, thank you for a child that loves me so much, he wants to be near me often. Thank you for this precious baby that is fully dependent on me, and I’m able to provide for him, because of you. Thank you for amazing health in spite of little sleep; for the supplements that work hard to keep me going strong, and for being by my side, even when I don’t recognize it.

Lord, thank you for a strong community of friends and family who remind me of your truth each and every day. For their encouraging conversations whether it be phone call, text, or in person. I couldn’t do life without so many wonderful people pouring into me…and they don’t even know it.

Lord, thank you for the roles you’ve entrusted me with; Wife, Mother, Homeschooling mom, Friend, Shaklee leader and business owner, Ministry partner…I only seek you in all I do to glorify you. I pray I follow the paths you have laid out for me.

Lord thank you for your Grace, when I fall flat on my face.

Thank you for the imperfect progress…for your holy hedge of protection around me…for fighting my battles for me…for paving the way…for working in ALL things…for loving me when I’m so broken.

Heavenly Father, I am sorry that I don’t trust you more in the messy moments. To be honest, sometimes I just don’t know how. But in my reflection, I see you in all things. I FEEL you in all things, and I choose joy in all things. Lord, choosing joy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect…it’s looking past all these imperfections and still choosing joy…even if it’s in my reflection.

I’m so thankful that God reminds me of the good, because at the end of the day, I made it, and all my babies went to bed happy. My husband has had a break in his workday to kiss on the kids, and to make me feel calm. Tomorrow will bring new challenges, but I’m refreshed, and God is working in me and through me. While I will continue to (work to) choose joy, and to choose joy in the moments, I will also be ok with Joy in my Reflection.