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How's Your Thought Life?
March 8th, 2018
I have always struggled with controlling my thoughts and negative self-talk. I am a perfectionist, and when I mess up, I am so hard on myself. The condemning thoughts start pouring in: “You’re not good enough. You’ll mess it up. You’ll let everyone down. You can’t do this.” These are frequent lies, yet sadly, I listen anyway. Sometimes it gets so bad, I end up talking myself out of things due to insecurity or fear.
Nothing is Impossible for God
March 16th, 2018
Several years ago, I received a promise from the Lord. Soon after that promise was given, things began to manifest and it seemed as if the promise would come to life. Then, life happened and suddenly things started to fall apart. It left me doubting a questioning God- did I hear him correctly? Is this where I'm supposed to be? As I was ready to give up God whispered to me:
Count It All Joy
March 22nd, 2018
Waiting is difficult, especially when you are dealing with trials. It is easy to try to take the reigns and rush through the trial. But, James 1:2-4 states: "Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
God Loves You
March 29th, 2018
What would happen to us if we all truly believed that we are loved by God? Would our countenance change? Would fear and insecurities be unable to touch us? What would happen if we all walked in the authority God gave us?
Forgiveness Is Hard, But We're Called to Do It.
April 5th, 2018
Have you ever been rejected or betrayed by someone you love? The sting is deep. When it is someone close to you, it can be difficult to ever trust this person again. But despite all this, we are still called to forgive or remain unforgiven (Matthew 6:14-15)
April 12, 2018
I grew up extremely poor, so when I received anything I would cling to it in fear that I could possibly lose it at any moment. When I reached adulthood, I swore that I would never have to depend on anyone and that I would always be able to take care of myself. I lived like this for a very long time. When hard times happened and I had to ask for help, it was a challenge. I felt like I failed. It revealed pride and a serious lack of trust in God. Depending only on myself is not the type of relationship God intended to have with me.
April 19th, 2018
Have you ever been in a position where God wanted you to speak the truth in a negative situation, yet you resisted for fear of how others would react? I have to admit, this is one of the biggest areas of trouble for me as a Christian and it often holds me back from speaking up. When I finally get time alone with God, He gently reminds me to speak up—even when it is scary—because truth brings the light into the dark.
Trusting God in the Unknown
April 24th , 2018
Call me weird, but I am not a big fan of surprises. I like to know everything. I want to see and know what is coming my way at all times. I am not good at diving into the unknown without all of the facts.
God Wants Our Honesty; He Can Handle It.
May 3rd, 2018
As I fight my own battle with cancer, I’ve come across many others affected by this illness. Many are losing and have lost that battle. It’s hard to watch the destruction that cancer leaves in its wake. Cancer makes me angry, sad, confused, and worst of all…it makes me feel powerless. There is nothing that I can do physically. I’m not a physician, so I can’t treat it or find a cure. I can’t take the pain away. I can’t prevent the horrid side effects treatment brings. I so badly want to fix it all, find a way to stop cancer in its tracks so that no one else has to fall victim to this illness
How To Pray
May 10th 2018
I often struggle with prayer. I find myself not knowing what to say or how to say it. To be honest, I overthink it. And because I struggle, I don’t pray as often as I should. When I do pray, at times it feels rushed or like a canned, generic prayer.
I often forget that prayer is just a conversation with my Father. It doesn’t require bells and whistles or fancy words. It just requires my heart and my willingness to spend time with God.
The Beauty of Repentance
May 18th 2018
I have to admit, I did not have a clear understanding of repentance. I thought it meant listing out all the things I did wrong every day. I would list out my faults and failures for that day, but afterwards I didn’t feel any different. I knew my sin wouldn’t be held against me, but I did not feel like my repentance was real and I found myself returning to the same old behaviors and the cycle would begin again.
It felt pretty hopeless until I truly understood.
Unity in Christ: God's Love Knows No Color
May 24th 2018
There is a lot of brokenness in our nation. Racial clashes, poverty, divorce, gun violence, injustice; it is everywhere and happening every day. These are subjects I am afraid to talk about or acknowledge. I don't watch or read the news often. When I do, I find myself anxious and overwhelmed by it all. When I hear stories about injustice in our country, I get so angry. I hate the brokenness. I wrestle often with what action to take. Sometimes the action that I take is ignoring it but I know that this is incorrect
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
May 31st, 2018
I attended my first bible camp when I was nine years old. I enjoyed learning about all the bible characters, but David and Goliath was one of my favorite stories. At the end of the week, our camp counselors promised to show us how tall Goliath was. I was so excited and could hardly wait to find out.
June 10th, 2019
Recently I attended a worship night at my pastor Sandi’s home. As I helped set up the snacks in the kitchen, I looked out the window and saw a beautiful large backyard, filled with flowers and fruit trees. In that backyard was a huge hammock towards the back in between two palm trees.
Y’all, I LOVE hammocks