{Be Confident} Into the Waves

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 Written by 1 Comment
Ocean Waves at dusk

You know what I battle with most in life? Selfishness. I battle with selfishness in regards to how I spend my time. I battle with wanting to do things on my own schedule and my own comfort level. I battle with wanting to do what’s easy and convenient rather than what I know I should do. For so many years, my prayer to the Lord was just this – “God, help me draw closer to you. Give me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and fully live for you.” I said it so many times that the…

{Be Real} Letting Goodness In

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 Written by No Comments

That day, God’s goodness didn’t come like I thought it would. Rarely does it. I was driving on the open road. That day, my thoughts, instead of clearing, were spinning around in my mind. Suddenly, my chest was heavy, and my throat was tight. I needed to talk, so I dialed her number. Please, pick up, pick up. “Hello?” she said. That one word was a sigh of relief to my soul. And all the words that came after it, the understanding, the encouragement, lifted me right out of the pit. He does that, God – uses people to take…

{Be Confident} Good Things

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 Written by No Comments

     But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 If you’ve been following the Delight blog and it’s monthly themes, you may have noticed a trend!  We’ve been spending each month focusing on the different fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians. The term “Fruit” doesn’t mean mangos, oranges, or bananas.  Nope!  Instead, it refers to the byproducts or benefits that come as a result from having the Holy Spirit within us. In letting the Holy Spirit control…

{Be Real} In Between: Waiting for Goodness

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 Written by 1 Comment

There are those moments, those glimpses right into the heaven, when the clouds peel back and we see finally see the light and we know that God is good. This weekend, I was sitting on a lake in a kayak as the sun was setting behind the majestic mountains, watching the stillness of the water, the way the paddles created ripples below. I saw that day how the sun came out when it was supposed to be all rain. And in the middle of this scenery, I thought about how God is meeting a deep desire of my heart, one…

{Be Nourished} 5 Tips For Gluten Free Entertaining

Posted on: July 19th, 2015 Written by No Comments
5 Tips For Gluten Free Entertaining

So you’re having a party and you’ve invited a friend who is gluten free. Your inner-hostess has you scouring Pinterest for recipes and tips that will allow you to provide your guest with allergy friendly treats. But before you get started in the kitchen, here are a few things you need to know:   1. Talk to your friend Let them know that you’d like to whip up something for them and ask them if that would be okay. This is much better for them than finding out once they arrive that you’ve already put a lot of work into…

{Be Confident} God’s Goodness Follows

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 Written by No Comments

  photo credit My husband and I recently purchased our first home on a quiet little street outside of St. Louis. After years of pinterest planning, we are slowly converting our little home into the warm, cozy cottage that I’ve always dreamt of. While exciting, the process has proven to be eye-opening in more ways than one for me. Mostly, it’s served to bring out the differences in my husband, Dave, and I. You see, I was fortunate enough to marry almost my exact opposite. He is the order to my chaos and the brain behind most of what I…

Delight House Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 Written by No Comments

Today was a milestone. Today was a day I have dreamed about for over 19 months. Yes, today was my birthday (I don’t have to say how old I am, do I? :)) and yes, my sweet labradoodle, Annie,  is currently in labor and having puppies. But the reason I woke up at 5:45 a.m. this morning was because we launched our registration for our first ever Intensive at the Delight House. Within 15 minutes, we had all but ONE SPOT filled!!  We still have one spot left for the wedding intensive on September 14-17. . .  so check out…

{Be Real} When It’s Not Good…He Is

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 Written by No Comments

It was 5 years ago, but I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was sitting on a friend’s bed at college, sitting with my best friend and talking through tears. “I just don’t understand.” A week before, I had been to Haiti with my church, and came home shocked by all the suffering and the joy I had seen, shaken by my first experience in a third-world country. 24 hours after our plane touched down on US soil, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, demolished streets and homes and lives exactly where we had walked. It was traumatic,…