You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers, which brings glory to my Father.

-John 15:8


Called by Name: Caroline

Called by Name: Caroline


She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she smiles at the future.

– Proverbs 31:25


On a rainy run last month, I decided to do something my Sunday school teacher had suggested weeks before:  make a ten-year plan.   “I can do this,” I thought as my feet hit the cobblestone sidewalk.  “I plan everything.  No sweat.”  I decided to take it one year at a time.  “2016 – still in college.  2017 – oh! I will be in the real world!”  With the realization that I had no true aim for my life after college, I quit.

How do you feel about the future?  Uncertain?  Anxious? Confused?

Proverbs 31:25 describes a woman who “smiles at the future.”  She rejoices at the thought of what is to come.

This sort of optimistic anticipation can be hard.  Our finite minds do not know what is ahead of us, and it is easy to become worried about upcoming trials.  However, the lady in Proverbs 31 has a joy rooted in faith (Proverbs 31:30).  She does not dread the future because she knows that God has an eternal, perfect plan.

One reason that we often find it hard to trust is our pride.  In I Peter 5:7, we are told, “Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you.”  In the verse directly before this one, Peter tells his readers to humble themselves.  Yet, our desire for control and safety keeps us from giving our burdens to God.

Because this lady is humble and burden-free, she is also strong.  Rather than being pulled down with weights, she is free to work and provide.  She has nice clothes and is beautiful, but her strength and dignity are the most conspicuous thing about her.  This strength is also rooted in her faith and knowledge that the Lord is with her in all circumstances.

Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave.  Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.

– Joshua 1:9

No-Cook Pumpkin Apple Butter

No-Cook Pumpkin Apple Butter


Let me tell you a story that has nothing to do with this recipe.


As an elementary education student, I have to visit elementary schools and teach isolated lessons.  Last week, I taught a fifth grade class about food chains.  The students were great; they paid attention and participated well.  At the end of the lesson, I had the students answer some questions about what I had taught. I then put them in groups and let them discuss their answers.

As I was looking over their answers that night, I was pleased to see that most students had answered every question correctly.  They learned that producers make their own food and predators hunt for prey.  One boy, however, was a little off.

The question I asked: “Why are some animals called consumers?”

His answer: “Because they make babys.”

Well, at least most of the kids understood the lesson…


On an unrelated note, this “butter” makes a great after-school snack.  You can use it as a dip, spread it on toast, top it with granola, mix it into your oatmeal, or just eat it plain like pudding.  Best of all, this simple recipe can be whipped together in less than 5-minutes.


No-Cook Pumpkin Apple Butter


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (more or less to taste)


  • Stir all ingredients together until well-combined.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Called by Name: Faith

Called by Name: Faith


Oh me of little faith
Can’t seem to see my way
Out of the storm I’m in.
Diving waves are crashing in.
Down to my last mustard seed,
God help oh me of little faith.

-Matthew West


Faith is one of those words that I have heard my entire life yet seem to not completely understand.  I can sing, “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place” and quote Hebrews 11:1.  I can tell you all day long that we are saved “by grace through faith.”  Nonetheless, I don’t seem to always understand what gives value to faith.

Faith does not find its value in its size.  Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 that faith the size of a mustard seed is adequate to move mountains.  We as individuals do not bring any personal worth to faith.  First Corinthians 13:2 explains that we can have unimaginable amounts of faith and still be nothing.  Is faith really worth anything, then?

Yes.  It is!  “The value of faith is found in its object.”  You can have insurmountable amounts of faith in yourself, achievements, creeds, or other people, but the only faith of value is faith in Jesus Christ.

What is truly remarkable is that any amount of faith in Jesus is sufficient.  Great faith is definitely desirable, but God will not despise a man of little faith.   That is such a peaceful thought!

A fumbling fool I am;
I’ll never understand how You, oh God of endless grace,
Can love oh me of little faith.

-Matthew West

In what is your faith resting?

No-Bake Protein Cookies

No-Bake Protein Cookies


People tell me it’s possible, but I don’t believe them.  They tell me that they never eat breakfast, and lunch is their first meal everyday, but I am convinced that they are either (a) lying, (b) crazy, (c) confused, or (d) all of the above.


For one thing, breakfast has to be the best meal of the day.  Why would you want to skip it?  I mean, aatmeal is considered a breakfast food.   Enough said.  (And for everyone who isn’t an oatmeal-addict, there’s always bacon, eggs, grits, sausage, hasbrowns, yogurt, etc.)


Additionally, I wake up hungry almost every single morning.


All that being said, I guess no one truly skips breakfast since the whole idea of “breakfast” is that you “break a fast.”  Really,  the first thing you eat on any given day is breakfast.


Even with breakfast, I am hungry again by the end of my first class.  I have found that eating 1-2 of these protein-packed cookies between classes can tie me over until lunch.  Since they require no oven or stove, I can mix up a batch quickly and have enough cookies to last me a week.  And even if you “skip breakfast,” you can still enjoy one of these before lunch :) .


No-Bake Protein Cookies


  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oatmeal


  • In a medium bowl, mix milk and protein powder until a smooth batter forms.
  • Microwave peanut butter for about thirty seconds.  Stir peanut butter into the protein and milk.
  • Mix oatmeal into batter.
  • Form 6-8 cookie-dough balls.  Press them onto a plate.
  • Freeze for at least thirty minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy. (Store uneaten cookies in the refrigerator for up to a week.)


Are you a breakfast eater?  What is your favorite mid-morning snack?

Liebster Award Number 2

Liebster Award Number 2


Something I love about blogging is reading the blogs of other Christian young women.  Often, we share opinions, beliefs, and struggles.  It is amazing to see the similarities of girls across the globe.

Earlier today, Emily, the author of Beauty in Christ, nominated my blog for the Liebster Award.  She asked me to answer the following ten questions about myself.


1.  What is your favorite book? 
I LOVE reading, so it is hard to choose one favorite book.  My favorite children’s book is The Wizard of Oz.  My favorite “spiritual health” book is Lies Women Believe. And, of course, I love reading God’s Word.
2.  Who is your best friend? 
Is it lame to say that my family members are my best friends?  They encourage me, make me laugh, and are always there.  Yes, I do have friends at college and church, but I know that my family are my greatest supporters.
3.  What is your favorite sugary food? 
Breyer’s Natural Strawberry ice cream. Or homemade oatmeal cookies.
4.  What is your favorite salty food? 
Come to think of it, I don’t eat many salty snacks.  I really like nuts, though, if I do reach for something salty.
5.  Describe a typical day in your life.
My days are pretty routine.  I wake up at 6:50, and I am in the cafeteria by 7:15 for breakfast.  From 8:00 – 5:30, I am generally sitting in class, attending chapel, or working in the coffee shop.  Supper begins at 5:30, and then I work on homework until bed.  I live a boring life :) .
6.  What are qualities you look for in a husband or a wife? 
I can’t say that I am necessarily looking for a husband right now.  But, when he comes along, he will love Christ more than he loves me.  He will be a strong leader and have honorable goals.
7. Greatest Strength? Greatest weakness? 
This is a hard one to admit!  My greatest strength is also my greatest weakness:  my drive for perfection.  I tend to succeed at school because I want to make good grades and learn.  Too often, however, I fail to rest because I want to complete the next task.
8.  Almond butter or peanut butter cashew butter?  
Let’s be honest–they are all straight from heaven.  But peanut butter is the cheapest, so I usually go for it.  And maple peanut butter is truly delicious!
9.  Type of travel you prefer (road, car, bus, plane, submarine, ship.) 
I love any type of travel.  Even just driving across town is a treat for me.  When I am in an airport, I enjoy watching people and trying to guess where they are going.  The benefit of a road trip is seeing God’s beautiful creation.
10.  Why do you like reading blogs? 
I enjoy blogs because they encourage me and give me ideas for my own blogging.  I love seeing how we are all different.  Also, I like that I get to meet people through blogging.
11.  What are some foods you didn’t used to like but you like now?  
Oh my word.  There are so many!  I think the most recent is tomatoes, but my palate has changed so much since childhood!
Thank you so much, Emily, for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  Everyone should be sure to check out her great site.
*Since this is my second Liebster Award, I am not going to nominate another set of bloggers.