Want to Read the Bible in a Year? Seven Tips to Be a Gal Who Finally Follows Through

Hey Christian girl – I see you. You’ve tried a half dozen times to read through the Bible in a year, and you have always come up short. One year you didn’t even start. Another year you got to Valentines Day, missed two weeks straight, then raised the white flag of surrender about the same time as your friends with their fitness goals gave in to the Pizza Hutt (oh wait, thats me). You really wanted to but life happened and the goal became a dusty Bible and the thoughts welled up within you: you cant, you never will, you’re not enough, only ‘super-Christians’ can do that.

All lies straight from the pit of Hades.

You are enough, you can DO this, you have all it takes with God and a friend on your side, this can be your YEAR!

2015 was my year, y’all: the first time I really made it all. the. whole. way. through the Bible. And I don’t claim to have all the answers – not by a long shot. But looking back, I know what I did different that year from all the other years, and that’s what I’m going to share with you here. But first, I know what you’re thinking: this coming year isn’t going to work for me – I’m taking 18 hours, I’m having a baby, I’m moving across the country or across the world, blah blah blah. Bologna. You can either find a thousand reasons not to do something or you can find ONE good reason to do it – it’s honestly up to you. 2015 was a hard year, friend. I worked a full time job that I didn’t like, I went to school at night full time, we lost a baby, we moved… it was a doozy. But I did it, and here’s how you can too: Continue reading


An Unexpected Christmas

A king, undercover, born into poverty with a master plan to save all mankind, a father who chose adoption over rejection, two parents on the run – risking everything to save their miracle child, and a courageous teenage peasant girl who showed the world that she was capable of keeping her eyes above the waves of her current crisis.

It’s a wild story, y’all. But the wildness that takes my breath away is that this first Christmas was unplanned, inconvenient, and disruptive – a far cry from most of our Christmases this year. Continue reading


Woke up
Dogs in lap
Short drive to work
Job I absolutely love
Bills paid
Food to eat
Chai tea latte
Man to love who loves back fiercely
Community of believing friends
Justified before God through Christ

I am so blessed. 

Writing out today’s blessings makes the sorrow a little less severe. Today I was putting away new client files at work – the very same pregnancy clinic that I came to just a few months ago pregnant for the first time, scared and excited – worried yet hopeful.
Then there it was: the file containing the only earthly documents that my body ever carried life. A thin manila folder with my name typed vertically on the edge of a blue label. I sat on the stool in front of the revolving filing cabinet reading every detail of my file – all the nurse’s notes. The wonderful, kind nurse who saw my ultrasound as inconclusive but tried to explain it away. Too early. Not the right angle. Just come back in a few weeks. I didn’t have to – I knew. Somehow I already knew. Continue reading