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…

Dare to Take the Risk: Don’t Miss Your Calling

For a very long time, I treated writing as a hobby — even though, deep down, I knew it was a calling. Why? Because I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of taking that risk. The enemy feeds on this fear, and will do anything to keep us from pursuing our callings. Often times, we avoid…

Small Steps, Big Dreams: The Real Breakthrough

“Surely I could never do something that big, God.” That thing you dream of is not accidental. That passion inside of you is not random. When your dream is rooted in God’s call for your life, you can’t let it go, because He chose you for it. We desperately want to experience the breakthrough of…

He Made You To Be You

Do you ever wish you were different? I’m quiet in large groups. I stumble when speaking. I’m deeply emotional. I care about what others think of me. I’m an excessive planner. I’m slow to open up. Sometimes, I get so irritated by my quiet, emotional nature. Sometimes, I feel isolated by my personality. And sometimes,…