How to plan a mystery trip.


It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. Proverbs 25:2

Mystery trips are fun!

My mom and step-dad started this tradition in our family years ago and we’ve continued it. 

What’s a mystery trip? It’s any random, little road trip that has mystery to it -- for you or for your passengers!

The first time I planned a mystery trip, I took my roommate out for a fun day. I packed up her favorite treats (iced tea, wheat thins and granny smith apples) and planned fun, little, out-of-the way pitstops where we could enjoy our snacks and talk. Sure, we could have hung out in our apartment and talked all afternoon, but the mystery trip made it a fun and memorable day.

I planned a crazy mystery trip for another friend of mine after we had graduated from college and were in a “boring season” of life. I decided to nominate her to run for President -- yes, President of the United States! After I stapled...

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What Pigpen teaches us about joy.


Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, NLT

Remember Pigpen from the Charlie Brown comics? It seemed like everywhere he went, he was surrounded by a depressing cloud of dirt and dust. 

Ever felt like Pigpen? 

The truth is, we create an atmosphere around us by virtue of the people we associate with, the music we listen to, the places we go, the things we read, the videos we watch, the conversations we participate in, the thoughts we entertain and the words we say. When we live in the “dirty atmosphere” stirred up by negativity, it’s no fun and we’re no fun. 

We can change the atmosphere around us by choosing godly, joyful and faith-filled things. 

One simple place to start is with your music! Think about the power of a song. What songs instantly lift you up, put a pep in your step or fire you up for a workout? What songs help you sense the Lord’s presence, love and goodness? On...

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Reinventing your space.


A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. Proverbs 23:3-4

There is something about having a space to call your own. A tranquil place. A functional space. Cinderella even told us so when she said, “In my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be!” 

I’ll never forget the feeling of independence, creativity and inspiration I felt when I set up a small desk with a lamp in the back of my dad’s barber shop after I graduated from college and was trying to start up a little seminar business. I could tune out the world and focus on the work at hand in that little space. I loved it.

Recently, my husband and I had our closet professionally redesigned and now it’s my favorite room in the house! It’s amazing what a little decluttering and order can do for your disposition! Jesus talked about our prayer...

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