Monday, July 24th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle,Wellness

How to be radiantly beautiful each and every day

Note: This isn’t just another cliche and stereotypical “you are beautiful” post. I’ll never forget when the doctor hit me with the news. I’d have to live the rest of my life with an ileostomy bag on my stomach. There’s really nothing quite like the news that your physical body is going to be permanently

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

8 ways to overcome when you’re feeling lost

Recently, I received a message from a beautiful girl who I met at one of my shows in Nashville. She told me that she’s inspired by how I’ve been able to make my way out of the darkness, but she felt stuck and lost in her own darkness. She wants to have a good relationship

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Monday, June 12th, 2017 Faith,Wellness

What does it mean to have an “All Things” faith?

For a period of about five years, I was in and out of the hospital for weeks at a time for complications with my Crohn’s Disease. Each time that I was in the hospital, I would find some colored markers and a blank sheet of paper so that I could hang this verse by my

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Friday, June 9th, 2017 Faith,Music

We’re Spotify Verified!!

You guys!! I’m dancin’ around for joy!! Today was an exciting day — we are Spotify verified! That means we have that little check mark by my name :) Want to do me a huge favor? Please head to Spotify and click “follow.” This will help me SO much! If you’re feeling extra generous, you

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Thursday, June 8th, 2017 Lifestyle,Wellness

On Growing Up With Chronic Illness

This post is from July 14, 2015. It was a partnership between Inspire, a company that builds and manages online support communities for patients and caregivers, and Standford’s Scope Medical Blog. See the full article here. As a child who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of nine, I learned to give my power over

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 Faith

You’re worth it

I’ve had a history of being really hard on myself. It’s something that I don’t really like to admit, because it’s not a really nice characteristic, but it’s the truth. Are you anything like me? It can be really hard to accept the fact that I am actually worthy of being loved fully, completely, irrevocably, sacrificially even.

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

How to live with purpose

Sometimes in life, we feel stuck. Ok, a lot of times! We can feel like we’re chained to our circumstances, and without even realizing it, we develop victim mentalities. It’s so easy to fall into because it seems like the popular thing to do nowadays, to complain about our jobs, our situations, our date (or

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Friday, March 17th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

How beautiful is our Lord? How merciful are His ways? This week, my prayer has simply been, “Jesus, please help me to fall more deeply in love with You.”  I am so prone to wander. So prone to leave my God and be bound by the ways of the world … I get caught up in

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Thursday, March 9th, 2017 Faith

My favorite lesson from The Shack

warning: story spoilers ahead In 2007, The Shack by William P. Young was released. I’ll never forget how it came at the perfect time, right at the beginning of my most painful decade. The story opened a place in my heart, as every good story does. I’d love to share with you how the book (and now movie) impacted my

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

I was lost, but now I’m found

What is it about coffee shops?  They unravel the most beautiful conversations, inviting us to speak quietly, yet boldly. They draw out vulnerability, and sometimes even tears. But tears are ok in the coffee shop, because we all get it. We’re all here to sit, to listen, to read, to write. And that stuff can

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