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faith home life Jan 07, 2014

achieve

By Jennifer Silvis

I have never sat down to write before. I am always moved by reading other peoples blogs. I feel that they have this ability to convey their thoughts so much more eloquently and real than I ever could. I wish that I could write that way. It’s frustrating to have all these feelings inside, with no way to properly put them down on paper, so that others can feel the depth of what I’m feeling. I guess it is not a gift that I have.

Thinking on that, I wonder, what gifts do I have? What do I have to offer? I can say I’m a good mom, but then I am daily disappointed in my “mom” abilities. I should be more patient. I should be more involved with my girls individually and personally. I should be more “on top of it”.  I suck at laundry!

Am I a good wife? If my house isn’t spotless with a homemade dinner on the table at 6pm every night, am I a failure? Do I strive to encourage my husband, and think the best of him and speak...

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One Word 2014

business faith life Jan 03, 2014

one-word-2014

I'm usually very into my goal setting and vision planning when it comes to New Year's Day, but this year I took a different approach. I'm still setting goals, I just decided that I wanted to fully embrace Christmas and New Year's and spend time making memories with my family.

I didn't want to start some freak diet on January 1st because I wanted to celebrate that day and just chill with my kids and eat junk food and watch T.V.  And I didn't want to start on the 2nd either because that was our last day with our Disneyland passes and I wanted to enjoy our favorite tasty treats while we were there.

So now, on January 3rd, I begin.

New goals, new dreams, healthy habits being restored that have gone to the way side with all of our holiday binging.

I've been thinking about my one word and just really freaking out a bit. Last year I chose Expectant. And I loved it. It was perfect because I was expectant for God to do amazing things and He did. Like always. So I guess I'm freaking out...

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Knowing Who Your Soul Is Connected To

faith life Dec 12, 2013

Sometimes I don’t even know what I feel until I start to write. It’s like I’m numb. Just going through the motions. Noticing things, but not remembering them. So even if my writing doesn’t turn into anything, at least I’ll have this.

I’ll know I’ve felt. I’ll know I was alive and awake and present.

I miss my Grammy today. It’s been 8 months since she passed and even though that isn’t long in the scheme of things, it’s long enough to lose the sting. It’s long enough to go a few days without thinking about her.

But it seems that with Christmas so close, she’s all I think about. She was Christmas. She loved Christmas and she loved giving.

The thought of Christmas without Grammy makes my heart feel like it’s being drowned. Deep into the sea and never to surface. Like I can’t breathe.

And sometimes I wonder, how we can feel so heavy. So much. There’s proof of a creator in my own feelings....

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How Safe Are You?

faith life Dec 10, 2013

Fear No Evil

I've always been one to take a risk, go out on a limb, try something new. It's just in my blood.

I often forget that this is actually rare. My husband for instance, is not as risky as I am. I wouldn't say he's the exact opposite, but he's definitely floating somewhere on the opposite end of the spectrum as I am!

This year has brought many risks for me and all have been pretty attainable. For the most part, all I was risking was my own personal comfort and I learned that it's actually quite rewarding to take a risk and punch fear in the face. It's helped me realize what I was made to do and how I can help others realize that too.

How much are you willing to risk, to go out on that limb God is calling you to? How far will you go?

Will you stay close to the trunk of the tree, where the limb is strong and sure to hold your weight?

What if He's calling you further, to where the limb is starting to bow and shake? Will you trust Him?

We had to make a decision as a family recently that was...

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Writing and Wrestling

business faith life Dec 04, 2013

It's time. It's been far too long and I don't even know what to type, but I'm going for it. This may be by far the worst post you'll ever read from me because I really don't even know what I'm going to say.

Heck. I don't even know if I'll hit "publish."

When I woke up this morning I thought to myself, "It's time. Go write something."

But once again the to-do's got in the way and now I've been up for 5 hours and I'm just starting.

Thanks to Carlos Whittaker's post that I stumbled upon just a bit ago, I think I know what my problem is.

I've been wrestling.

I was waltzing and life was grand. And it's not really that it's bad right now. Maybe that's the problem. It's just mediocre. Not good. Not bad. Just there. And there's where I get lost.

I keep reaching out for and wrestling with God. Wondering what to write and not having the right words, when actually it's Him who gives me the words. So why am I even trying?

Why do I do this?

Why do WE do this to ourselves?

I guess it's part of...

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If We Could Just Trust Him

faith life Oct 31, 2013

God provides us with everything we could possibly need. We have the responsibility of taking those things, clinging to them, and using them for the right purpose.

When we think about other living things in this world, they allow God to take care of them and they do their part in return. Why is it so hard for us to do the same?

A tree allows its roots to grow deep and wide into the soil so that it can be firmly planted. It absorbs the water that is poured out from the rain that God sends. It reaches to the sky and faces the sun. When other trees are creeping in it rises above them to receive the light. It goes dormant in the winter when it is in danger of being killed off, but remains alive. It bears new fruit each year, in its due time. Then, releases the fruit to start the process all over again.

It doesn't argue with God. It doesn't question what season it's in or if the sun will even shine. It doesn't say no when God says it's time to go dormant and protect itself or when it's...

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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."

Hillsong LA

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.

envy

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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