Category: Dose of Inspiration

One Thousand Days of Wedded Bliss

By Katie, 5:55 am

Today I have officially been a married woman for 1,000 days! For the record, I had no idea this was the case until Dave told me. He’s the one who did the math. I’ve gotta say, the past 1,000 days have been pretty darn incredible. That’s not to say that Dave and I haven’t had [...]

Whose Stars Are You Reaching For?

By Katie, 5:04 am

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau (emphasis mine) From elementary school all the way through college, I had a reputation of being a bit of a teacher’s pet. It wasn’t that I was a brown-noser, at least not exactly. It was more that [...]

My Husband Called Me a Cow!!! (But It’s Not What You Think!)

By Katie, 5:39 am

A few weeks ago Dave asked me to please stop being such a cow. And yet I assure you, my kind and sensitive husband was not referring to my weight or my eating habits. Here’s what happened.  (Source) Earlier in the day I had said something silly at work. I won’t go into details, but I mentioned [...]

Who Says?

By Katie, 5:22 am

Who Says? Who says I have to have a stomach as flat as a washboard, and arms and legs that are nothing but muscle? Who says my socks have to match? Who says that I shouldn’t enjoy a bite or two of cookie dough as I prepare the batch for the oven? Who says that [...]

Blessings in Disguise: My Soggy Cell Phone

By Katie, 5:41 am

Believe it or not, there’s a perfectly good reason my iPhone hung out in a bag of rice for 3 days… It all started when I mindlessly put my phone in the back pocket of my jeans for safe keeping. About thirty minutes later I went to use the bathroom and before I knew it [...]

Finding Pleasure in the Everyday

By Katie, 5:53 am

While sometimes I have really great days and sometimes I have really bad days, most days reside somewhere in the middle…they’re just ordinary. Yet the way I experience those ordinary days can be vastly different. Sometimes they seem so boring, so routine, while other days I am able to find great pleasure and joy in the same [...]

Loving Our Enemies: Wise Words from MLK

By Katie, 5:12 am

Today we step back and remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Indeed, we remember all of those who fought to make our nation one of true freedom and liberty.  (Source) In reading through some of King’s speeches and sermons, I came across these words that really touched me. It’s exactly what I [...]

The Fine Line Between Accountability and Shaming

By Katie, 5:13 am

Hypothetical situation: a young woman is struggling with her weight. So she takes the first step and tells someone else about it; let’s say her mom. In a genuine attempt to be helpful, her mom begins weighing her daughter weekly, dishing out rewards based on the results. The mom is trying to be motivating. She is trying to create some [...]

The First Step: Tell Someone

By Katie, 5:16 am

We’re officially in the thick of 2011, even if you’re still accidentally writing 2010 all over the place. Because it’s this time of year, everyone’s talking about making changes – resolutions, intentions, words of the year, etc. Which is all fine and good if your particular struggle is one that you feel comfortable expressing openly [...]

Unsure How To Pray? Try the ACTS Formula

By Katie, 5:33 am

Contrary to what my title implies, I don’t believe there’s any specific formula when it comes to prayer. To me, praying is simply communing with God, which can take on a number of different forms. Prayer is typically imagined as talking to God, but I often pray through silence or meditating on a scripture verse or [...]

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