Beauty for Ashes: How God Redeemed My Mother-Daughter Story {PLUS a Mother’s Day Giveaway}

I press the button to end our call and brace myself for the tsunami of emotions that rush over me after a tense conversation with my mom. Disappointment. Sadness. Regret. Hopelessness. I had prepared the words beforehand; rehearsed them over and over in my mind. But I must have said something wrong. Her parting words were still…

Biblical Encouragement for the Anxious Christian Woman | By Melody Quinn

  It’s not the memories of what I have done that plague me. It’s the memories of what I haven’t done. The conversations I haven’t had. The people I haven’t helped. The dreams I haven’t pursued. I didn’t know J.J. well, but I could tell that he was suffering. The slope of his shoulders. The…

7 Beautiful Examples of God’s Grace in the Old Testament

For many years, I mistakenly believed grace is a New Testament—or New Covenant—concept.  In my mind, it was almost as if Jesus’ death and resurrection unleashed God’s grace on mankind for the very first time. How very wrong I was! The concept of grace—unmerited favor—is woven throughout the entirety of Scripture. I’m not sure how…

My #1 Secret for Cultivating Enduring Friendships {+Never Unfriended Book Review}

Today I’m spilling my all-time, number-one, best-of-the-best secret to cultivating enduring friendships. But first, a confession… I am the only person I know who managed to get all the way through college without one single enduring friendship. Not. A. One. Oh, there were a few times when I thought I’d met my match. I stuck…

A Cross-Centered Easter Tradition for Christian Families

With Easter just around the corner, I’ve been pondering the significance of the cross. Everything I am and everything I stand for is connected to the cross of Jesus Christ. His death gives me life; His resurrection gives me hope. I am grateful both of my children accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in recent years.…

24 Free Inspirational Quote Graphics + A Peek Inside My Instagram Growth Strategy

  I have a special treat for you today. Over the past year, I’ve been working hard to grow my community over on Instagram. This photo-driven social media platform is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to hang out. Although I love to share lots of real-life photos on Instagram, my primary goal is to be a…