Day Ten

Psalm 139:1-24

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar. 

3 You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways. 

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me. 

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it. 

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence? 

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 

9 If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me. 

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light about me be night,” 

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you. 

13 For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well. 

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them. 

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them! 

18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

I awake, and I am still with you. 

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!


O men of blood, depart from me! 

20 They speak against you with malicious intent;

your enemies take your name in vain. 

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 

22 I hate them with complete hatred;

I count them my enemies. 

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts! 

24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting!

The perfect Psalm to end on. Don’t you just love these verses? The intimacy. The love. All the things we desire. All the things we search for. And here they are freely given to us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. He doesn’t just know us based on what we share, He knows the very depths of who we are because He created us. He knows our thoughts before we do. He knows it all. And yet, He still loves us so. Because I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have good thoughts and I am not always what I expect Him to love. Far from it most days, but nonetheless, He loves us anyways. He loves us in spite of. And y’all. That’s something to be grateful for. 

Oh Lord, thank you. Thank you for choosing to love me even after knowing me. Thank you for loving me when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for loving me when it’s hard to love myself. Thank you for understanding this prayer even though I am falling very short of the words that I want to say. Thank you for knowing my thoughts before they even come to my mind. Because maybe, somewhere along them you will be able to know just how grateful I am for your love even when I can’t form the words to tell you. Lord, thank you. Lord, help this not be a fleeting moment, but send your helper to me so that I may constantly be reminded of your love and I can be grateful everyday. Because you are so good Lord. Lord, thank you. Amen.

 

Day Nine

Psalm 136:1-26

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

2 Give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

4 to him who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

7 to him who made the great lights,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

8 the sun to rule over the day,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

11 and brought Israel out from among them,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

17 to him who struck down great kings,


for his steadfast love endures forever; 

18 and killed mighty kings,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

20 and Og, king of Bashan,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

21 and gave their land as a heritage,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

22 a heritage to Israel his servant,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

24 and rescued us from our foes,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

25 he who gives food to all flesh,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

And the list could go on and on and on. You’ll have to excuse me today. Usually, I can come up with the words, rather quickly. They just seem to fly out of my fingertips, but today, I’m just in complete awe at the Lord I serve. He did it all. Not only that, but He did it for us. He did it because He is truly in love with us. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this. I’ve got a tiny understanding because I am a mom. I love my kids. And I do whatever I can for them out of that love. Despite how many mistakes they make or will make. Despite if they are grateful for what I do or not. Despite anything on their end. I do it because I love them and my love for them has no end. Compared to the love He has for us, this is just a fraction. If we ever needed a reminder, this Psalm is it. “For his steadfast love endures forever;” His love will never end. It will never run out. It will never be conditioned. Let that sink in for a minute. Because when you get that, when you understand what that means, it will change everything.    

Lord, thank you. Thank you for a love, an actual true love, that has no end. A love that is not dependent on me making the right choices. Thank you for loving me when I don’t deserve it. And even when I don’t want it. Thank you for loving me when I can’t even love myself. Lord, thank you. Amen. 

Today, take some time to really think about what this means. Write down in your gratitude journal what it means to you that God, the creator of Heaven and Earth and all things chooses to love you, just as you are. 

Day Eight

Psalm 118:1-29

1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever! 

2 Let Israel say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

3 Let the house of Aaron say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

4 Let those who fear the Lord say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;

the Lord answered me and set me free. 

6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.

What can man do to me? 

7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;

I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man. 

9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes. 

10 All nations surrounded me;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

12 They surrounded me like bees;

they went out like a fire among thorns;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,

but the Lord helped me. 

14 The Lord is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation. 

15 Glad songs of salvation

are in the tents of the righteous:

“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 

16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,

the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” 

17 I shall not die, but I shall live,

and recount the deeds of the Lord. 

18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,

but he has not given me over to death. 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,


that I may enter through them

and give thanks to the Lord. 

20 This is the gate of the Lord;

the righteous shall enter through it. 

21 I thank you that you have answered me

and have become my salvation. 

22 The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone. 

23 This is the Lord’s doing;

it is marvelous in our eyes. 

24 This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!

O Lord, we pray, give us success! 

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

We bless you from the house of the Lord. 

27 The Lord is God,

and he has made his light to shine upon us.

Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,

up to the horns of the altar! 

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;

you are my God; I will extol you. 

29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!

It really is true. Everything belongs to the Lord. All of it. Not only that, but there is not one thing I can do without Him. I think back to all the times I’ve trusted man over God. All the times that I have patiently (well, maybe not patiently) waited for someone to deliver me from whatever was going on in my life. I have called out to man instead of God more times than I can count. No wonder I prefaced this story with ‘all the times’ because man cannot do what God can. Because man cannot deliver ourselves from anything. Because none of this is ours. It’s His. He is the one we can call on. The one who will reach down to us and pull us out of whatever trouble we have found ourselves in. And even when we don’t call on Him, there He is with outstretched arms, calling out to us. Praise God, He reaches down to us. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for knowing what I need before I do. Thank you for always being there despite my stubbornness to do it on my own or with the help of someone who isn’t qualified. Lord, thank you for wanting to help me. To find delight in helping me. Lord, come into my heart and help to remind me that you are the one I can call on, always.  No matter what the circumstance is, You are always there. 


And I’m (still) Celebrating

Can you believe it’s been two years? 

Two whole years.

On one hand it seems like nothing. Just a blink. On the other, so much has changed. 

Today, I woke up grateful. 

Grateful that two years ago you decided to leave me. 

I knew when I met you that you would change my life, but I had no idea what that would look like. 

But you did. 

You changed everything. 

And I am so grateful. 

It’s funny, but I look forward to this day. I take it all in. 

And then you know what I do next? 

I celebrate. 

I celebrate all of it. 

The high’s. The low’s. The times when I wasn’t sure how I was going to get back up. And the times I never thought I’d come back down. 

You have given me an opportunity to grow and to find compassion in places I thought impossible. 

Without even knowing it, you have taught me grace. 

I have grown closer to Him. Setting an example to our kids that it is easier to love than to hate. 

I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. It hasn’t. But it’s been worth it. 

So, today I’m gonna celebrate. 

Still. 

Day Seven

Psalm 103:1-22

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name! 

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits, 

3 who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases, 

4 who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 

5 who satisfies you with good

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

6 The Lord works righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel. 

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

9 He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever. 

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities. 

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 

14 For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust. 

15 As for man, his days are like grass;

he flourishes like a flower of the field; 

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

and its place knows it no more. 

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,

and his righteousness to children’s children, 

18 to those who keep his covenant

and remember to do his commandments. 

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,

and his kingdom rules over all. 

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his word,

obeying the voice of his word! 

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

his ministers, who do his will! 

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,

in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

I always try to find one particular verse that stands out to me and touches my heart in a way that the bothers just don’t. But I struggled today. Because these verses all hit me in a very powerful way. I love this Psalm because it is another reminder of just who He is and what He has done and what He is capable of. I’ve been known to place Him into a box. Something that I could understand. Something that would make sense to me. Something contained because when He’s not in the box He is big and I can have a hard time understanding who He is. But this Psalm reminds me that I can’t fit Him into a box, not really. Because He is that big. He is that complex. And no matter how hard I try to understand it all, I just won’t. Despite my best efforts, it’s not me who is in control. It’s Him. And I am grateful for the reminder today. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for not being able to fit into a box. Thank you for this amazing reminder. Because you do so much and you are so much. And I don’t always get it or understand it, but that doesn’t change who you are. And thank goodness for that. Amen.

5 Morning Rituals Worth Having

Okay, so first, don’t hate me, y’all, but I love mornings. 

Like, LOVE mornings. 

I’m pretty useless at night, but the mornings are where I shine. 

I can be so bubbly, perky and downright annoying in the mornings, but man, do I love them. 

However, it turns out not everyone is a big fan of the morning time. (Note sarcasm) 

So because mornings have the potential to influence your entire day, I wanted to share some good, morning rituals with you that I think make a huge difference in my day. 

And maybe, they’ll help yours!

1. Drink A Glass Of Water

Before you do anything else, grab some water. I like to keep a water bottle next to my bed so I don’t even have to get out of the bed to drink my water. If you prefer something hot, make a cup of hot water and add a couple of slices of lemon. 

2. Don’t Check Emails Or Social Media For An Hour

Not going to lie, this one was and can still be tough for me. As someone who works from home and owns their own business there really is no such thing as ‘time away from the office’. I am always working (because I love what I do!). But there’s something to this tip. Allowing myself to wake up without interruption has been so beneficial to my health. It gives me time to just sit and reflect. 

3. Practice Gratitude 

Whether it’s working on ‘Thank You’ notes for my beloved clients and members or it’s taking some time out to write in my gratitude journal, I find that when I start the day off by being thankful, it changes my whole attitude. 

4. Eat A Nourishing Breakfast

I know this seems like a no-brainer, but think about how busy our mornings can be. I have walked out of my house so many times just forgetting to eat breakfast. Like, it just didn’t register to me that I should take time out to eat. And I’m not talking a muffin or a doughnut, but actually taking the time to eat a nourishing breakfast. My favorite quick and nourishing breakfast? Oatmeal and fruit. 

5. Move Your Body

I know this might not be an option for everyone, but if you can, do it. Waking up and moving your body is vital, in my opinion. Now, I’m the girl who heads to the gym, but even if you don’t have time to go to the gym in the mornings try a little stretching at home. Or maybe some crunches? Or even a walk to the mailbox?  Anything will help! You just gotta get moving. 

Remember, it takes 21 days to create a habit, but it only takes 90 days to create a lifestyle. :)

Day Six

Psalm 98:1-9

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm

have worked salvation for him. 

2 The Lord has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 

3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God. 

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody! 

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who dwell in it! 

8 Let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills sing for joy together 

9 before the Lord, for he comes

to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.

Do you ever just thank God for all that He has done? I catch myself driving in the car or sitting at a familar place and I just look around and can’t help, but be overwhelmed by His goodness. His beauty that is displayed, even in this very broken world of ours, is breathtaking when you sit back and actually take it all in. Except that I don’t do that nearly enough. Not that it is a requirement of His. But I don’t. But despite what I may see or not see, He is still so very good. And I should be continually praising and glorifying Him because, well, just look, y’all. Where ever you are, just look. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all of this. No matter what our view is, thank you. Because it is good. And you are good. And your attention to detail is something to be thankful for. Lord, help me to be more grateful for your creations. For the views and things I take for granted. Because there is nothing familiar about any of it. Lord, change my heart and help me to see the beauty in all of it. And then help me to find and give thanks to you for even the smallest details. I pray these things in your name. Amen. 

9 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water

Because we could all stand to drink a little more water, right? 

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Say what?! I mean, it does make sense since your brain is made up of mostly water. And drinking it helps you concentrate, focus and be more alert.  As if that wasn’t reason enough, your energy levels are increased too! Anyone else need a little boost of energy?

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Y’all, get ready. Yes, you read that right. Promotes weight loss, but how? Drinking water actually removes by-products of fat. It also reduces your eating intake (if you drink it before meals), reduces hunger (yep, a natural appetite suppressant!), and it raises your metabolism! 

3. Puts You In A Good Mood

Because when your body is opearating at it’s peak, you will feel great and be happy! 

4. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps reduce and can even prevent heachaches (migraines & back pain too!) which are usually caused by dehydration. 

5. Improves Skin Complexion

Because water helps keep your skin hydrated and moisturizer. It also helps maintain that fresh, soft, glowing look that we all love. 

6. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Acting as a lubricant, proper hydration can help keep muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely. 

7. Maintains Regularity 

Because water is essential to digestion and helps prevent constipation. 

8. Flushes Out Toxins

Through sweat and urination water helps get rid of toxins. This also reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections). 

9. Boosts Immune System

 A person who drinks a lot of water is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t want to feel healthy most of the time? 

Day Five

Psalm 66:1-20

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth; 

2 sing the glory of his name;

give to him glorious praise! 

3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. 

4 All the earth worships you

and sings praises to you;

they sing praises to your name.”  

5 Come and see what God has done:

he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. 

6 He turned the sea into dry land;

they passed through the river on foot.

There did we rejoice in him, 

7 who rules by his might forever,

whose eyes keep watch on the nations—

let not the rebellious exalt themselves.  

8 Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard, 

9 who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip. 

10 For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried. 

11 You brought us into the net;

you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 

12 you let men ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 

13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

I will perform my vows to you, 

14 that which my lips uttered

and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 

15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,

with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats.  

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,


and I will tell what he has done for my soul. 

17 I cried to him with my mouth,

and high praise was on my tongue. 

18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened. 

19 But truly God has listened;

he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 

20 Blessed be God,


because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me!

Have you really thought about all the things God has done for you? Like, really thought about it. I think about how lost I’ve been before. Struggling to find my way. Vulnerable to the enemy. And yet, He has always delivered me. Even when I had no idea what to pray or how to pray or even really believed that He would listen to somoene like me, He heard. I remember when He first laid it on my heart to start this blog. I was terrified. Afraid that I wouldn’t say the right things. Afraid of what others would say. But then He reminded me that this isn’t my story. It’s His. Come and see what God has done. Because He has done some pretty amazng things. And I haven’t begun to scratch the surface. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all the things you have done. Thank you for using me in your story. For giving me life and purpose. For seeing something in me that I can’t see in myself. Lord, thank you for finding me. And for loving me. And for never leaving my side. Amen.

Today, think about your own story. All the amazing, tiny details, that we sometimes overlook or forget. Write them down in your gratitude journal and spend sometime thanking Him for those details. Thank Him for the details that we might like to forget. The ones that hurt. Because even in the pain, He is good. 

Say Hello to Your New Favorite Hair Care

Get ready to meet your new favorite hair care collection. 

You guys. You know how I’ve spent the last 3+ years raving about Beautycounter’s daily shampoo and conditioner because it completely transformed my hair. 

For years I couldn’t use anything besides icky dandruff shampoo. It was horrible. And I hated it. But my scalp was dry and nothing would work. 

Then I was introduced to Beautycounter. Not going to lie, I was a huge skeptic. I had never been able to use any kind of shampoo besides dandruff shampoo and suddenly this was going to work for me?

Yeah, sure.

Except that it did. 

And days later it was still working. 

And I kept waiting for my scalp to return to ‘normal’, but it never did. 

Not only that, but my hair was healthy. 

I got so many compliments on my hair. 

I couldn’t believe it. 

And then a few months ago, Beautycounter launched 3 new hair care lines. 

The skeptic came back. 

How could they make this better? 

Except they did. 

So. Much. Better.

I decided to try the Repair & Nourish collection. I have enough volume and my hair is pretty smooth and controlled. 

Oh. My. Gah. 

First, the smell. I can’t describe it, but it smells SO good. And the smell lasts. Think ‘woody’ and ‘floral’. 

Next, the lather. That is one thing I did miss with our daily shampoo. There was no lather. (Turns out the ‘lather’ in most products is caused by nasty toxic chemicals)

It still doesn’t take much of either product. It rinses easily. And leaves your hair feeling stronger and healthier almost immediately.

I am obsessed with the Split End Serum. 

Like, obsessed, y’all. 

So what makes this collection so amazing?! 

It was developed to nourish dry, damaged hair. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich bataua oil, which helps restore luster to stressed strands and California blue agave complex to hydrate within and strengthen the outside. 

This set also features Beautycounter’s breakthrough PureFoam Cleansing Technology that delivers that rich lather we all love without damaging sulfates or silicones. 

And did I mention that this collection is completely safe for color treated hair? 

What more could you want?