Find me at my new blog!

Friday, September 27, 2013

New blog reminder and exciting happenings!

Here's your next reminder-- this blog is MOVING! Starting Monday, I will no longer be posting at Living in the Light.

It's kind of the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. I'm growing in my skills and knowledge as a writer and blogger, and it's time to move on to bigger and better things. I'm excited for the place that the new site is becoming. I pray it will be a blessing as Living in the Light has.

I'm so excited for the things that are coming up this month. I'm kicking off the new blog with a series on modesty, something that's been really powerfully on my heart and mind lately. I'm also a contributor for Jolene Engle's 31 Days to a Better Marriage series that will last the entire month of October. If you don't already follow Jolene's blog, you'll want to for this! I'm thrilled to be one of 30 women sharing our marriage stories and testimonies. It's an amazing group, and it's an honor to be included among them.

The only way to keep up with all this, though, is by signing up HERE for email updates, following on Facebook, or adding to your feed reader. I want to keep in touch!

Thank you again for your loyalty as I've worked to grow this blog from minuscule into something a little bigger. You are a blessing!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


My friends, the day has come.

I've been dreaming about this for some time.

I finally have my very own self-hosted Wordpress blog: my website! is where you'll find me now. Starting this coming Monday (six days from now; the 30th of September) I will no longer be posting at Living in the Light. I'll also switch the name of my Facebook page-- nothing will change but the title. :)

Please take notice:
NONE of my Google Friend Connect followers will transfer over to the new site!!! That means that there are 125 of you who read either regularly or occasionally, who will need to re-follow the new site via some other method (either another reader or by email). I will be getting the new email signup ready to go in the next couple days, so you'll be able to subscribe to updates from before the weekend.

Also, if you follow me with a reader, you WILL have to update the URL in your reader, or you will stop getting updates entirely--and that would be awful!

If you're already an email subscriber, your email subscription WILL transfer to the feed from the new site. You won't have to do anything about that!

The Facebook page will continue to post updates from both here and the new site until Monday, at which time updates from Living in the Light will stop.

The website isn't fully ready yet, but feel free to head over and take a look anyway-- just click on the image above or here:

I am excited to make this new site into something that will serve me now and in the future, as a personal blog and a professional author's website. I'm incredibly thankful for the help I've received with getting it set up, especially from Elsie Callender of Richly Rooted, Jami Balmet of Young Wife's Guide, and Amy Andrews from Blogging with Amy (I don't know her personally, but her site has tons of incredibly helpful and easy-to-follow tutorials to help make blogging on Wordpress WAY easier!).

So-- if you follow me via GFC or a reader, head over to and update your reader. By Friday you'll be able to follow the new site via email.

I'll post another reminder or two later this week, and then I will leave a post pinned here for anyone who happens upon Living in the Light--a forwarding address, so to speak. :)

Thank you for being the ones who have helped me grow this little tiny blog into something still pretty tiny, but also a community that has blessed me greatly. It's been almost three years since I started Living in the Light, and I am SO excited to keep moving forward and see what God has planned!

The focus of my life: Me or God?

Too often I find myself looking at life from a "me-focused" perspective:
"What should I do?"
"What can I do?"
"What should I not have done?"

This tends to make me frustrated and worried, because it's a law-based perspective. I'm constantly putting myself down from not living up to my own expectations.

Obviously, living with this perspective is not the way to be content and joyful in life. Rather, I need to keep my focus on Christ:
What has he done for me?
What is he doing in my life right now?
What has he promised for my future?

In terms of my eternal state ("What has God promised for my future?"), that's something for which I fully rely on God, not on myself. I have been made of a child of God by his grace and saved through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, which is a gift of God. My eternal salvation is not in question, and it is secure in Christ.

It's the day-to-day life that's a struggle, not my hope for the future. Satan tries to tear me (all of us) down: "You're such a terrible person. You never get anything right. God is so disappointed in you."

To counter this, we get to live in the knowledge that we are forgiven. God gladly and willingly forgives all our mistakes--even the ones we might think are unforgivable--and helps us turn away from our sins, repent, and turn back to him.

When I feel like I'm a "terrible person" or a "bad Christian," I remind myself that God sometimes works in and through me despite me! The Holy Spirit, living within us, enables us to live a life that's obedient to God and that reflects his love to those around us.

The ability to live a "good Christian life" is not something we find within ourselves. It's something God gives us freely, as a father gives good gifts to his children.

We cannot trust our feelings in this. Whether I "feel" like I'm a terrible person or not, that doesn't change what God has done for me. Our forgiveness is not based on our feelings. Neither is our salvation. We are saved and forgiven because of God's great love for us, shown in Christ's death and resurrection.

This is what I want to be the focus of my life!

Not me. Not my actions.

God--and his great love for me.