“HOW DO I LOOK?” and other questions I need to stop asking my husband.

I thrive on words of encouragement. It’s my top score on the 5 Love Languages test. And wouldn’t you know it? My husband scores the lowest in this category. Help.  Every time I get dressed up for a date, I make the same mistake of asking my husband “how do I look?" My desired response …

Thoughts on JOY: What it is, What it’s not and How to have it no matter what

As Christmas quickly approaches, we are on the lookout for the promised things the Advent season represents: Hope, Faith, Joy, Peace.  This past week at my church, the third week of Advent, we looked at JOY.  And I can’t get it out of my head.  I can’t stop asking the questions: What is JOY? How …

BE THE “REAL YOU” EVEN WHEN YOU’RE AFRAID OF REJECTION

If you had told me five years ago that this is what I’d be doing with my life, I would have laughed. How could God use a broken mess like me? Yet here I am. Being used by God to let others know they're not alone in the messiness of life. This week, I gave a …

#14 REFRAMING OUR FOCUS FOR THE NEW YEAR

As a photographer, I spend a lot of time honing my craft.  Owning a nice camera will not get you far unless you learn how to use it to its full capacity.  Much of my energy and attention is dedicated primarily to three things:  Light, Settings and Focus.   Understanding how to find light, adjust settings …

#12 TO THE CHRISTIAN WITH ANXIETY + DEPRESSION: HOW TO PRAY

#TransformationTuesday #AndreaNSpeaks #ThePrayerOfFaith #ChristiansWithAnxietyAndDepression #ReframedThroughTheLensOfLove If you're a Christian struggling to understand how to pray about your anxiety, depression, chronic illness or any other painful reality - I urge you to give this message a listen! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsM7F3-dSLQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0HAfkh3BUMi3KpDml1zssxs3xSNS-s117_maa8CCk-RfrdvwkhGEjv4xY This is one of the most powerful teachings I've heard on prayer. Especially from the perspective of someone …

#7 CONFIDENCE BLOOMS IN THE BATTLES

“Just as a butterfly has to work her way out of a chrysalis in order to build the strength she needs to fly with her newfound wings, the confidence and beauty that is innately within us often only shows itself after having been met by tension and hardship. These become the untradeable experiences that build …