If I Only Had a Plan…

Thanks, Julie Loos from Unmasking the Mess for inspiring this post. I put enormous pressure on myself to be responsible, dependable, and on top of my game. I want people to know that if I say I will do something, they can count on it. If a task needs to be completed, I will not… Continue reading If I Only Had a Plan…


Reconciling Grief and God’s Love

Several friends and family members have been going through tough times such as losing loved ones, ending marriages, or hearing difficult news from doctors lately. I have been pondering grief, and how it is often difficult to understand why God allows tragedies to happen. People with good intentions will tell grieving individuals that the pain… Continue reading Reconciling Grief and God’s Love

Life Lessons

Finding Rest from Insomnia

See other great posts from guest bloggers at Kelly Balarie’s Encouraging Words! Sleep has always been a thorn in my side. I am a night owl who is required to rise early, and while I meet my responsibilities that require me to rise early, falling asleep is never easy. It doesn’t matter if I go… Continue reading Finding Rest from Insomnia


Why I Use a Pseudonym

I value truth, so I want to be honest with my blog readers. I go by Courtney Leigh on my blog and social media, but I am using a pseudonym. I chose that particular pseudonym because my parents came close to giving me a similar name, and I thought I would try it out. I… Continue reading Why I Use a Pseudonym

Life Lessons

What Does It Truly Mean to Rest?

I am terrible at pausing from all of my daily tasks and responsibilities to find rest. I am always thinking about what needs to be done now, what I haven’t done that I should have, and what needs to be done next. I am constantly coming up with schedules in my head so that I… Continue reading What Does It Truly Mean to Rest?


Lessons from Living Abroad

  After college, like many graduating seniors, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I liked the idea of helping people in some way, and I wanted an adventure. I was afraid of going back home to live with my parents and getting too comfortable. I wanted to… Continue reading Lessons from Living Abroad


Responding to Tragedy

As I thought about the topic for this week’s blog post, I couldn’t get my mind off of the heartbreaking events that have been happening in our country. Too many lives have been lost, and too many others fear for their lives. Too many people are grieving because they have lost love ones or because… Continue reading Responding to Tragedy


You’re More Normal than You Think

Do you ever find yourself feeling deeply insecure about a basic need like being hungry or tired? You begin to wonder if you are the only one who gets a little cranky if you haven’t eaten in several hours. Maybe you need a quiet, dark space to help you sleep. You get anxious at the… Continue reading You’re More Normal than You Think

Christianity · Life Lessons

Remembering a Man I Never Met

I don’t enjoy funerals. I suppose there aren’t too many people who would say that they do. However, I recently went to the funeral of my husband’s great uncle, and I was surprised by the way I was impacted by this particular service. I was not fortunate enough to have met his uncle, but I… Continue reading Remembering a Man I Never Met


What I Wish I Knew in College: A First-Generation College Student’s Perspective 10 Years Later

I want to take a little different direction with this post since so many students are preparing to start college in a few short months. I thought it would be helpful to share some tips that I learned during my college experience and  while working in higher education from a Christian perspective. My parents both… Continue reading What I Wish I Knew in College: A First-Generation College Student’s Perspective 10 Years Later