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My Key Takeaways From Hillsong Conference 2013

faith life Oct 29, 2013

I recently attended the Hillsong Conference in Los Angeles. I went with my husband, oldest son, parents and a few of my siblings. It was life changing to say the least! I honestly don’t think I can put it into words other than, "Heaven on Earth."

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The worship was incredible. To be led into the presence of God with words and music that are so anointed is quite the experience. To be standing in the midst of thousands of saints worshiping in one accord, takes it to another level. Hillsong United had just finished up a quick tour in South America but you wouldn't know they were operating on little sleep. When your passion is to usher people into the Throne Room, God gives you the strength you need.

I had the privilege of going to the Colour Conference put on by Hillsong earlier this year so I knew a little of what to expect. But this was a first time experience for the rest of my family.

In true Hillsong fashion, the lights, the music, the speakers were off the charts. Bobbie and...

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Fan Another Flame

faith life Oct 16, 2013

I saw something on Instagram the other day that really got me thinking. And got me questioning how I react to others and how envy can really cause an awful ripple effect.

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Envy. Blowing out the other persons candle will not make yours shine brighter. - Tweet This

I always looked at envy and jealousy as the same thing. But, in reality, there is a stark difference.

Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.

To envy someone means you actually want to take something away from them and have it for yourself. You want them to have less so that you can have more. More fame, more fortune, more friends. Jealousy is more of a wish or a desire. You might be jealous of a friends home, but you would never want their home to be taken from them so that you can have it.

So how do we react to people who are gaining success in an area that we have been working at so hard, for so long?

I hate to admit this, but sometimes my sinful gut...

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While We Are Waiting

faith life Oct 08, 2013

Today I Will Be Present

It seems we're always waiting for something. Waiting for the perfect spouse, the perfect job, to have money, to have time. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

But what happens when we set out on our dreams and we can start to see what lies down the road ahead? I know that nothing is guaranteed and that I could die tomorrow. I'm not being naive. I'm just talking about when you're fairly certain something is going to happen in the future.

What do we do while we wait?

We can't be there yet. That place we long to be. Yet, we can taste the sweet freedom of it.

What do we do while we wait?

This is where I am. I know something's coming. The time and place is not set in stone, but it's there. I have made my way down one mountain and am strolling through the valley as I gaze upon the next, big, beautiful mountain. It's there. Right in front of me, but it can not be navigated yet.

So what do I do while I wait for God to say, "Now." How do I handle my waiting so that it is not wasted and is...

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Jesus Calling :: My Morning Devotional

faith life Sep 30, 2013

This world is spinning faster and faster and if we aren't careful and intentional, we can end up a hot mess. Which I often do. But one thing that helps keep me grounded is my morning devotional. I absolutely love it!

Jesus Calling
Along with my One Year Bible, I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It is so lovely. It literally takes me about 1 minute to read and then a few more minutes of looking up the verses if I want to.

Jesus Calling is written from Jesus' were talking to you. It is scripture based so it's as if Jesus is sharing his truths about you, with you. Beautiful.

You can purchase your own copy of Jesus Calling at Amazon.

Jesus Calling Kids

There is also a Jesus Calling Kids version which my daughter reads and loves.

Do you have a favorite devotional or something that you like to read in the morning? Answer in the comments below.

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Need to Cheer Up? Try This

life Sep 26, 2013

As most of you know, I have been part of a little experiment that Jon Acuff put together called The START Experiment. It has been such an amazing journey and I can't imagine where I'd be had I not joined. But, something I didn't expect was the friendships that have formed through this. The amount of selflessness and encouragement that pours out of these people is jaw dropping. I am thankful for each and every person that has been involved.

My friend, Ronne, shared this video with some of us this morning and I had to share it.
 

I honestly believe the world would be a better place if we all practiced acts of gratitude a little more frequently.

If I could call someone and tell them it would be my grandparents. But they're gone now, so I can't and that breaks my heart. So, whoever you're thankful for, tell them. And tell them why. Because you never know when their time, or yours, will come.

No regrets. Tell them.

So who are you thankful for and why?

 

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I'm Trying Not To Judge You

faith life Sep 24, 2013

Ice Heart

A couple of weeks ago, while we were doing our back to school shopping, I stumbled upon a very common incident. Especially, at this time of year.

There are clothes to be bought because we realized our kids grew  6 inches over the summer, school supply lists from the school {which absolutely make no sense at all. My mom never had to supply a classroom with basic necessities.}, papers to sign, lunches to be packed, you know the drill.

We were standing in the boy’s section at Target picking out some new clothes for our 8 year old. He was so excited to be getting new clothes and nervous to be starting a new school. I could literally see his emotions beaming through his eyes.

Suddenly, my son’s excitement was interrupted by an awful noise. A raging mother. She was talking extremely loud {yelling} at her son, who also appeared to be 8 years old. My first thought was that the child must have been acting up, but all I kept hearing was the mother.

My heart shattered...

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When Passion and Purpose Collide

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2013

Passion and Purpose

How long will you wander through life aimlessly? Wondering why on earth you are here, what you are going to do with your life, and what's the point to anything anyway?

It breaks my heart when I ask someone what their dream is or what brings them joy and they really don't know. Life has dulled them and they are just sleepwalking through each day trying to live through it and get to the end of the yellow brick road.

There's a fire that burns deep inside of you. Maybe it is just an ember right now, but it's there. I know it is. It's been there since you were a child and it's time to fan it. It's time to let that ember burn and become a fire so raging that you can't keep it inside any longer. It's time to take ownership of what you are passionate about. What compels you to keep going. What brings you joy.

It's time to change.

Now.

Not tomorrow. Not next year. Now.

You see, we all have a purpose. Whether you know it or not, you are here on purpose for a purpose. And when you realize...

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It's Okay to be Good

faith life Sep 04, 2013

its ok to be good

You ever had something you needed to get off your chest? Like, you know you need to say it, but you just aren't sure how people will take it? Yeah, that's how I feel about this. It's been brewing for a while and I just couldn't find the words. And it may make some people mad but that is so far from the point. The point of this is to encourage and to inspire. To remind you all that it is okay to be good. It's okay to want more in life. It's okay to achieve great things.

There is an epidemic of imperfection. I'm afraid it's already gone too far for some.

We've emerged from an era of perfectionism into an era of raw, imperfect, real, not so normal beings. And suddenly, it's become the cool thing to do.

It's cool when your kids drive you insane and you tell the world about it.
It's cool when you want a drink at 1 pm {not water}.
It's cool to have pity parties with yourself and your friends.

Because it's real. It REALLY is how thousands of people feel all over the world and we REALLY can...

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Whisper His Name

faith life Aug 28, 2013

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It's amazing to me, no matter how hard I try to pause or step back and slow things down..

They just.

Never.

Do.

There's kids, church, school, life group, meetings, emails, instagram, grocery shopping, lists, laundry, animals, writing, cooking, cleaning, driving, scheduling, you know the drill. A million things to do and never enough time.

I am very intentional of all of my time. I get up early and pack as much as I can into each day. I believe God has called all of us to live a big life and live it to the fullest.

But that doesn't mean to do it without Him. And sometimes. A lot of times. I find myself wondering where He is. I mean. I know. I know where He is. I know He lives in me and I know He's there all of the time. But you know that feeling. That feeling of oh crap, I am sinking and sinking fast. How can I do it all and see it all and still stay connected to God?

Enter Jesus Calling, my morning devotional. On Sunday morning I read something so simple. So profound.

"The quickest...

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Life Lessons at a Taylor Swift Concert

life Aug 26, 2013

 

Last week, I took my 11 year old daughter, Morgan, to her very first Taylor Swift concert. Morgan's been a fan for as long as she's known there was a Taylor Swift and we got her the tickets for Christmas last year. She had been counting down all year long and the big night was finally here.

I remember being 11 and loving Amy Grant. I literally thought we could probably be friends. When you're 11, you don't know how big the world actually is and your mind isn't filled with the hopelessness that growing up brings. It was surreal to live this night out through my daughter's eyes. I was pleasantly surprised with some life lessons that I was reminded of as the night went on.

Time moves faster than we ever want it to. Morgan bought her very first outfit from the junior's section {and rocked it I might add} in an effort to look like Taylor. When I saw my daughter dressed and ready to go, in an outfit she picked out completely on her own, a little part of me died. I no longer pick...

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