One of my most popular blog posts is my morning routine. That said, a productive morning typically begins with an intentionally spent evening! Having an evening routine helps me relax, make time for what's important, and fall asleep with a clear, peace-filled mind. My evenings vary depending on if Dan and I have somewhere to be, but … Continue reading Amanda’s Evening Routine
Meditation, Devotions, and How in the World Do You Read the Bible?
What if you could have daily access to a source of worth that you didn't have to strive or work for? To unshakable confidence? To joy day-in and day-out? To wisdom in every situation? To peace no matter what adversity is before you? To unconditional love that in turn helps you to love and forgive … Continue reading Meditation, Devotions, and How in the World Do You Read the Bible?
I grew up attending a Lutheran church with my family. We believed in God, but the concept of a “relational, personal God” was foreign. Upon entering junior high, my sense of worth began to revolve around what I looked like. My self-esteem plummeted. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, anorexia, at the age of … Continue reading My Testimony
“Before God builds the dream, He builds the dreamer.”
It's important to remember that Jesus didn’t necessarily say, “Pick up your cross and follow the dream,” but he said, “Pick up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).” I think sometimes when God gives us a dream, we get so fixated upon it that we begin to tie our sense of worth into fulfilling … Continue reading “Before God builds the dream, He builds the dreamer.”
Tips to Manage Stress Naturally
In the past (and let's be honest, I'm still working on this), I've been notorious for taking on too much, and because of that, frequently experience stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. That said, challenges are a part of life. No matter how much margin for rest or balance you create, some stress-inducing situations are unavoidable. … Continue reading Tips to Manage Stress Naturally
A Strong Body With a Sick Mindset Still Isn’t Healthy: Exercise
The number one question I receive is for advice for those who have struggled with an eating disorder, and are now working to develop a healthy mindset towards exercise (or food, but that will be another blog post). Most would agree exercise is a healthy, necessary habit. But for those who've struggled with an eating … Continue reading A Strong Body With a Sick Mindset Still Isn’t Healthy: Exercise
be·lov·ed: dearly loved Have you ever felt God speak to you? What a concept, right? I was 17, at my first youth retreat. At the end of his message, the speaker asked everyone to spread out around the room. While the band played, we were to pray and ask God to speak to us. As … Continue reading Why “Beloved?”
My Word + Goals for 2018
The week after Christmas is a magical time. It's a time to reflect on all that's taken place over the past year, the good, the bad, as well as dream about what you'd like the next year to look like. I believe the word God has given me for this coming year is, "Gratitude." Gratitude … Continue reading My Word + Goals for 2018
25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years
I can hardly believe it... twenty-five years old! My golden birthday. As I enter the second half of my 20's, it's a milestone that's caused me to reflect upon all I've learned. It was difficult to narrow down, but here are twenty-five of the most notable lessons I've learned over the past twenty-five years. May … Continue reading 25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years
Why is it that so often we seem to be in competition with one another? Why is it that if another is complimented, we feel as though it takes something away from us? When we compare ourselves, one of two things occur. Most often, when a woman compares herself, she “loses,” which hurts self-esteem. The … Continue reading Infinite Worth