You Are Not a Number

When did we start measuring our worth quantitatively? I’ll tell you when it started for me. I was 12 when I crawled to the bathroom every morning to step on the scale. The mornings I gained a pound or two, I was devastated. To make up for the number on the scale, I dangerously restricted…

Whose Approval Will You Seek?

Hi, my name is Valerie, and I crave your approval. I care deeply about my reputation. I’ll change my personality, my decisions, and pretty much anything else it takes to make you like me. Because I’m a master people-pleaser. Friends, that's a reflection of a sinful, deceptive, insecure heart. I have dwelled on a single comment someone made to…

You Have Enough

I used to cling to Philippians 4:19 for peace about my circumstances, expecting God to change them immediately and make me feel content. It says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."  Honestly, I was missing Paul's point. Paul was in prison when he wrote this to the…

Your Father is Present

My mind has always focused on “future happiness.” Once I get married, I’ll be happy. Once I have a new job, I’ll be happy. Once I buy a home, I’ll be happy. Personally, my husband and I recently purchased a home. We were ecstatic when the sellers accepted our offer, but that excitement only lasted…