favorite faith-based books

1 Simple Rule We Need to Teach Our Kids

Somewhere along the way, we have quit teaching the Golden Rule to our kids. You know what the golden rulle is. Right? Well, just in case, let me remind you. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31. Does it sound familiar? Gradually, over time, we quit...

3 Steps You Need to Take for a Peaceful Blended Family

Blended families are tough. I have had the pleasure of working with various couples over the last several years, and many of them were starting over in a blended family. Their kids were a combination of theirs, mine, and ours. As I listened intently to the couple...

Communication Strategies for Couples: Effectively Manage Conflict

When my emotions escalate during conflict between my husband and I (GASP!)... Yes, I admit it. There is an occasional disagreement in my household. There is only one thing I need to do in that moment. I need a time-out! Yes. I do. I mean the kind I put my 8 year old...

An Intimacy Challenge to Transform Your Marriage

As a therapist, I have seen so many clients over the years that show up in my office due to a lack of intimacy in their marriage. That may not be what they write on their intake paperwork, but that is what is revealed as we begin discussing lack of communication,...

Conversation Starters

As my kids were growing up, one thing we were able to do really well with them was to connect over dinner. We decided long before we ever had kids, that having family dinners were important to us. As our kids grew, we tried various ideas along the way to incorporate...

Love is a Choice and I Got to do Better

This has been on my heart for a while now, so I decided that I better write it down. Here goes. How many times have you told someone that you love them? Is it something you say to everyone at church, or maybe when you’ve reached a third date with someone you're sweet...

Grace and Forgiveness

Grace and Forgiveness. Such sweet words, and unfortunately, often overlooked by me until something brings them back to my attention. It was the Saturday before Easter.  You know, it's the weekend that we intentionally set aside to celebrate grace and forgiveness. I...

 

Part 12: 25 Years Have Passed and God’s Goodness Abounds

I've heard it said that our lives are kind of like a tapestry that is being woven. In the process of weaving, it looks like a giant mess of string wads. Yeah. Kind of like our lives sometimes. Where is God's goodness in my heartache? We never know what in the world...

Part 11: Grief Took My Heart but Peace Captured My Soul

The day true peace came to me was a day just like any other, as I lived out my new life bound up by grief and loss. Yes, peace came in waves throughout the previous year, as there was both heartache and pain, but then miraculous intervention time after time. I just...

Part 10: An Overwhelming Heartbreak in the Midst of Grief

Grief. Grief sucks. Really bad. I couldn’t imagine how my grief could get much worse or how in the world God would even allow more tragedy to strike my new family. But He did. This series is my story about the loss of my firstborn son and how my faith in God grew in...

Part 9: I Prayed for Peace on the Day I Buried My Son

Grief is hard. The day we buried our son, Joshua Caleb, was a dismal, dreary day, at least from what I remember of it. Maybe that was just the way my heart felt when I look back on it. No. I looked it up. The historical weather data confirms my memory. Cool and...

Part 8: My Heart Got Ripped Out but I Chose to Trust God

  *Disclaimer. This post is about my experience in the loss of my firstborn son. If you are looking for a happy post today, please go read about our trip to Disney World last year. 🙂 Even though this post is a more difficult one, I do hope you can find some...

Part 7: Finding Hope in the Midst of Heartache

The Day My Heartache Began For you, who have been following my series, my story, my testimony of who God has been in my life, I have to apologize that it has taken me quite a while to write about this next day, Finding Hope in the Midst of Heartache. Just being real...

Part 6: Finding Thankfulness in an Imperfect Birth Story

Every Momma loves to tell a good birthing story and this Momma is no exception. This one is a little different because I had a difficult pregnancy and the birth was imperfect, as well. But still ... it's just another opportunity to tell you that He is a faithful God,...

Part 5: Naming Our Son Was an Act of Faith

This pregnancy was such a troubling time in our life, especially as a newly married, young couple, but it was also a time that produced such faith, trust, and growth in our own personal walks with God. When doctors are telling you left and right that your baby may not...

Part 4: Finding a Miracle in the Midst of Hopelessness

The anxiety overwhelmed me as I got ready for my ultrasound appointment. Just moments ago, I was standing on my bed yelling and pointing my finger at God, and now I was in a heightened state of worry as I got ready to go. I could not find peace anywhere, and believe...

Part 3: Finding Hope When You are Angry at God

As I look back over the years, I tend to focus in on particular days. Meaningful days. It’s not that the other days didn’t mean anything. Of course, they did. But as I’m thinking through the story of my firstborn son, I have to focus in and string the most important...

Don’t Let Fear Stop You and my Ginourmous Announcement!!

I have a ginormous announcement!!! Last year was a season of big changes in so many areas of my life. Most significant and most recent change though is in my business. I’ve been at a counseling center for the last 10 years as both administrative assistant, earlier on,...

5 Strategies to Fight Fear and a Free Fear Journal Page

Fear. Fear is a liar. It's that simple. It keeps you bound up and it is so hard to deal with fear because if you are anything like me, I will naturally imagine the worst case scenario in just about any situation. I know this. Therefore, I will be honest and say that I...

What if there is a Hidden Purpose in Your Struggle?

"The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out." ~Proverbs 20:5 Are you trying to make sense of the struggle you are having? Are you struggling right now? What if the struggle you are facing right now is to lead you to...

Are You Looking For Your Purpose? I am.

  “Many are the plans in the mind of a man,     but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” ~Proverbs 19:21 ESV … It is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Oh my goodness. This brings goosebumps to read that scripture and think on it. I have heard it...

5 Reasons I Decided to Start a Blog

Well, here it is, the beginning. The beginning of what... you may wonder. Me too. I have decided to start a blog. So here it is. It's my very first blog post. So. Much. Anxiety. But I'm going to hit that publish button, and I'm going to keep coming back to do it all...

Top 10 in 2017: Most Popular Blog Posts on Sincerely Christi

I'm so excited to share with you my most popular blog posts from 2017. These are posts that got the most pageviews, the most comments, pins, or messages to my email box. It's been fun looking through them and creating this list. And of course, it's...

The 10 Steps I Took to Start a Blog for Under $220

Throughout this post, there are links to various blogging resources that I highly recommend, and have personally used in the past, or I'm currently using in my blogging world. ***Below are affiliate links, which means when you click on a link, it will take you to the...

Our Disney World Vacation Experience 2016

Just for fun ... I'm going to tell you about our Disney World Vacation that we took in Fall of 2016!!!! Since there is so much to tell you, I'm going to divide it up into a mini-series. Haha! This vacation was the first one we had been on in many, many years, so...

5 Strategies to Fight Fear and a Free Fear Journal Page

Fear. Fear is a liar. It's that simple. It keeps you bound up and it is so hard to deal with fear because if you are anything like me, I will naturally imagine the worst case scenario in just about any situation. I know this. Therefore, I will be honest and say that I...

Capture Insecurity and Live Your Life in Confidence

Insecurity. I hate that word … Insecurity. It comes in waves for me. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes it overwhelms me and I allow it to stop me in my tracks. Sometimes I’m able to put it aside and do what I need to do. Some days it attacks me in my parenting. Some...

5 Reasons I Decided to Start a Blog

Well, here it is, the beginning. The beginning of what... you may wonder. Me too. I have decided to start a blog. So here it is. It's my very first blog post. So. Much. Anxiety. But I'm going to hit that publish button, and I'm going to keep coming back to do it all...

How to Create a Meaningful Blog Name in 7 Easy Steps

***This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here. In the beginning, it's so hard to choose a blog name, at least it was for me. Or so I thought. When I finally decided to create this blog, it was definitely a challenge to come up with the name.  I...