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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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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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 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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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

Who are you?

What’s the false identity that you have been putting on each day of your life? Does it sounds like this? Broken. Shattered. Too big. Too small. Lazy. Undisciplined. Not talented enough. Not smart enough. Not _____ enough. Not. Enough. You’ve spent years trying to be better and for a while it seems to work. But

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

How to find a man after God’s heart

Ever since I was little, I’ve dreamt of sharing my life with a guy who loved God as much as I did. But over the years, it started to feel like a pipe dream. I couldn’t find anyone who seemed to line up with my values. And sadly, I began to give up, rather easily, too. It seemed

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Thursday, February 9th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle

It’s a love story

Three months ago, I met the love of my life. The man who I’ve been praying for since I was little. Who I’ve been writing letters to since I was 17. The man who prays with me, serves me, and leads me closer to the Lord. I’ve been dreaming of him for years, and could feel him

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Saturday, September 10th, 2016 Lifestyle

World Suicide Prevention Day : My Story #IKeptLiving

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is my story. As I was recovering emotionally from my suicide attempt, I knew that I needed to do more than talk. I needed more. I had been saved, I was still alive. It was time for me to pay it forward. To keep moving.. To

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