Speak Up, Daughters of Heaven

By Taylor Madge | Instagram: @shespeaksunited | Facebook: @SheSpeaksUnited I am not a professional public speaker. I just want to put that out there so you know this isn’t coming from an expert in the field. I am a woman who works full time outside of the home, is married, is raising two teen daughters and […]

This Isn’t Easy, And That’s Okay

“We define for ourselves who we are and what we stand for.”  These words were spoken the first night of my MBA program four weeks ago. Don’t they sound collegiate and inspirational, like the perfect Pinterest pin? Despite the cheese factor, the words have been stuck in my head ever since. I’m not sure they […]

In Defense of Beauty

It’s true. Sometimes I tire of the poets and I want plain words. Unhurried, slow words with lazy syllables. Maybe even stilted words that fall like heavy bricks and land with a singular purpose. But even then, we’re building. I just fed you a simile, even if filled with clay and dust. Words are busy […]

How To Seek A Tiny Bit Of Beauty Right Now

Almost once a month in my twenties, I’d have a sickening crying jag, where my self-worth plunged into the toilet. If I’d been given a wish back then, I would have crumpled myself up like dirty Kleenex and demanded God start over. I want to be someone else, I’d think. I couldn’t have even told […]

10 Ways to Soulfully Slow Down

by Tina Osterhouse | @TinaOsterhouse Lately, I’ve been exploring words that evoke sensuality. Words like: delight, savor, luxuriate, relish, enjoy. In particular, I’ve been thinking about what it means to enjoy God, to delight in being alive, and how to relish in the goodness all around me. We live in a manic culture of constant noise, days overflowing […]