Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

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Self-Care, or Narcissism?

It has been an interesting week in my household, to say the least. On Monday, we celebrated the passing into Heaven of my husband’s grandmother at her beautiful funeral service. (You can read more about that here.) For me, Tuesday was taken up with the completion of a writing deadline. Deadlines are nothing new to… Continue reading Self-Care, or Narcissism?

Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

As I write this, I'm fasting. I wish I could say that I'm fasting to meet a great spiritual need (although sharing that with the world would be Pharisaical and defeat the whole purpose of fasting!), but honestly, I'm not. In recent months, my husband and I began incorporating intermittent fasting into our regular diet… Continue reading Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

Memorize & Meditate: Psalm 43:5

I was so encouraged by this verse from Sunday's Old Soul Quotes that I chose it for this week's Scripture. My prayer is that it will be a blessing to you all as well! Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Psalm 43:5

Self-Esteem God’s Way (Part 2): Body Image

In a culture that glorifies youth and beauty over age and wisdom, it's no wonder that many people have low self-esteem because of their poor body image. Last week, I discussed the importance of having "God-esteem" to ensure a healthy, godly self-esteem. To recap, God-esteem means that we should esteem God so highly that we… Continue reading Self-Esteem God’s Way (Part 2): Body Image

Self-Esteem God’s Way (Part 1)

So many people struggle with thinking that they are not good enough (smart enough, attractive enough—check the box that fits). And it's no wonder, given the mixed messages sent by our culture. On the one hand, we're told that we've all arrived, that we're all winners, and that no one is better than anyone else.… Continue reading Self-Esteem God’s Way (Part 1)

Taking Care of the Temple, Part 2

My husband has always been disciplined about keeping fit, but he never said a word about it when I stopped exercising during my children's toddler years. His workouts have changed, though--where he once spent most of a workout lifting weights, he now focuses on bodyweight exercises and cycling, which are easier on his joints and… Continue reading Taking Care of the Temple, Part 2