Let’s face it – girls aren’t always made of sugar and spice and everything nice. In fact, sometimes we can be downright mean. Other times we find ourselves caught up in competition with one another, being judgmental, bitter feelings, jealousy and insecurity. We Christian girls are good at hiding our hate, though. We wrap ourselves up in a nice Sunday bow, all while battling with broads in our brains. And, I truly believe we don’t want to be this way and we do our best to fight it, but we don’t have the tools to properly dig ourselves out. It is exhausting.Continue reading “Lessons I Learned On Changing My Mind About Her”
Danielle Macaulay is a widely known author, blogger, speaker, podcaster, television personality and teacher. Whether it is across the airwaves, for a large audience of women or a small corporate setting, and whether a religious or secular multi-faith environment, Danielle’s passion and focus is to help people build healthy, thriving relationships.
Through her years of mentoring and pastoring groups of people alongside her husband, as well as her involvement in marriage enrichment TV program, “A Better Us”, Danielle has gathered the wisdom and practical insights to be able to teach how to be our best self so that we can support and cheer others on.
Danielle tackles taboo and often undealt with topics like jealousy, competition, insecurity, resentment and prejudgement. She likens those things to a “Cold War” that wreaks havoc under the surface, often destroying relationships and infecting workplace environments. She focuses on healthy and productive conflict resolution that can make individuals, groups and corporate teams also become “A Better Us”.
While her thought processes and life are informed by her strong faith, if you’re in a multi-faith or secular environment like an office or business, she is able to address these topics without offending anyone or even referencing religion if that is your desire!
Danielle would be thrilled to come encourage and inspire your group to rally together to create a place where everyone wants to be, understanding that they are all on the same team!
“Do you ever feel like you’re not friends with some of your friends?”Continue reading “Lessons I Learned on Loving my Friends”
One thing I’ve always wanted to do was feature one of my guest blogger’s recipes. This salad is amongst my favorite that a guest has passed on to me.Continue reading “Clean Mexican Salad”
I heard about this experiment once, where two groups of people were asked to submerge their hands into ice water. One group was given an end time. They knew they needed to last for 5 minutes. The other group was not given any time – just hold on as long as you can.
Any guesses which group lasted the longest? You’d be right if you thought it might be the group given the amount of time they had to persevere. Not a single one lasted even close to 5 minutes from the other group.
This was an experiment on hope.
You see, when we are going through something uncomfortable, unenjoyable…even painful, we can make it through with the help of hope – that, “this too shall pass” and we know when that finish line is. When we are walking through darkness, we can keep going when there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
You guys, I’ve been feeling a little hopeless lately. There doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of this tunnel called Covid-19. My kids keep asking when they can hang out with their friends, go out for pizza…even go back to school, and my answer is always the same three words: I don’t know. And then, last night I saw it. I should have never looked and investigated (and these posts should be banned!), but I did. It was a post on Facebook claiming that according to all the news and research out there, this could be YEARS long. Yes, up to TWO YEARS (I am choosing not to believe this, BTW). I’m not even sure if I can do this another two weeks. It all feels so hopeless.
I haven’t been sleeping well. My mind keeps racing and I can’t shut it off. So, this morning, I began to journal and pray, asking God to send some hope. And you know what He told me? He said, “I already did.”
Jesus has already come for us, folks. He is our light at the end of this tunnel. And, better than that – He is going with us through the tunnel. We have hope, because we have Jesus. Suddenly, I pictured that image I so often have seen, especially surrounding Easter, of Jesus’ tomb, cracked open, with a ray of light shining through. Jesus is our ray of light. He conquered the grave, and He can conquer this. He is the hope we have in a hopeless world.
My husband reminded me the other day – when there are lots of unknowns, we cling to what we do know – we know that God tells us the truth (and not to take news outlets and FB posts as gospel truth), and that He keeps his promises. The files in my mind immediately brought me to this promise:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
And so, I can hold on. I’ll let Him hold my hand and warm it with His touch, during this dark, icy season. I will believe that if He can breathe life back into Himself, He can breath life into me and into this world.
So, Jesus, we need you. We always have – maybe we’re just realizing it a bit more now. Come be our hope in a seemingly hopeless time. Help us run and not grow weary, help us walk and not be faint. Lead us towards you – you are the light at the end of this tunnel, and in the midst of it.
“Those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run an not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
Ok, this recipe is definitely categorized under the “cheats” section of this blog. It is one of those “breakfasts” that is really more of a dessert. But, we’ve gotta live a little, right!?Continue reading “Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze”
One thing I’ve become convinced of over the years is that healthy eating does not equal gross, boring or hard to do.Continue reading “Danielle’s Grain Free Granola”
Mom would be ok with me telling you that she’s not much of a Martha Stewart in the kitchen. Cooking just isn’t her thing. Now, crossword puzzles, on the other hand – she slays those. And, she’s the best female navigator I’ve ever had. She’s a human GPS, I tell you. But, she really should steer clear from the kitchen (love you, mom!)
These tortilla pinwheels though, are one thing of hers that I can never seem to get enough of.Continue reading “Mom’s Tortilla Pinwheels”
I didn’t like Shepherds Pie. Never have. Until I tried this one.Continue reading “Shepherds Pie”
I’m the opposite of The Soup Nazi – I want everyone to have soup!Continue reading “Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup”