Thankfulness.

It’s Thanksgiving Day and I’m sure most of us have had quite a bit more turkey than we could handle. And it’s probably SO cliche for me to be talking about thankfulness. BUT… here I am. And I’m talking to  you about thankfulness. So, let’s hop in!

When people ask you what you’re thankful for, what are some of the things that usually come to your mind? Continue reading

When God Gives You A Dream

It’s never, ever too late to begin again and live the dream you’ve been given! – Annie Lobert

One year ago today, I was struggling. I was struggling to find my purpose in this world. Struggling to find something meaningful to invest my time, my energy, and my life into. I so desperately wanted to do something to make the world a better place. It was my dream. Continue reading

Shine Bright.

Summer is quickly coming to an end and schools are opening again. A time of football games, exams, homework, projects, band practice… With all this hustle and bustle we can quickly be consumed by the everyday demands of life. It’s easy to forget all the great things that happened during summer break. It’s easy to forget that commitment you made to God at your youth camp. It’s easy to forget how you were able to bless others through your missions trip. Continue reading

On Beauty

moveloseflauntWhy have looks and appearance consumed our every day lives? It’s plastered all over magazines, talk shows, and the like. Everywhere I go I see phrases like, “Trim this, emphasize that, tuck in that belly.. less carbs, more weightloss… lose fat fast… sexiest trend of the year.. what every girl needs…”weight_loss_187usnf-187usnm
I don’t want to be a part of that. I don’t want to be a part of a world that defines beauty from a magazine. I don’t want to be a part of a world that is fooled into thinking “beauty” that has been photoshopped should be sought after in real life. A world that says, “Thin is in.” A world that says, “Show more skin… look and feel sexy.” A world that teaches girls how to be critical of themselves… to hate their so-called “flaws.” Continue reading

The Three P’s!

In today’s society, I feel like there’s so much pressure on women. There’s pressure on how to act, how to dress, how to look, how to be a better mom, how to be a better wife, how to be a better…. you fill in the blank. I know so many women who are stressed daily with all the different demands of life calling out to them all at once. It’s easy to get caught up in it all and lose your focus. Here’s what I have to say to you: Continue reading

February Love

month-of-february-snowman-loveHello ladies!!! So I just have to tell you girls that I am so excited for the month of February!! We have some exciting things coming up. For some of us, February is an exciting month. It’s exciting because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! There’s nothing that touches a girl’s heart more than some chocolate, jewelry, and a little teddy bear. (Insert “awhhhh” here.) It’s a month full of a whole lotta’ love. Continue reading

Marriage – A Permanent Covenant

Marriage – A Permanent Covenant

 by Jessica Shaffer

©Taken by Jessica Shaffer https://myedenphoto.com/

©Taken by Jessica Shaffer
myedenphoto.com/

I felt the need to share my opinion after reading and experiencing some of life’s obstacles. I am a huge advocate of implementing one’s faith into their relationship, and in turn letting God be the foundation of a blossoming marriage. To say that “marriage,” is an easy institution is a fallacy. Marriage is an intense, and sometimes capricious commitment that involves many hours of pruning, up keep, and compromise. After six years of marriage, I can honestly say that I’ve given it my all – and in turn it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Continue reading

The Heart of Forgiveness

The Heart of Forgiveness
By: Jessica Shaffer

(C) 2012 Kristina Shaffer

(C) 2012 Kristina Shaffer

Forgiveness. A lot of people think they know what this is. But the truth of the matter is, forgiveness can be twisted into a very selfish thing. It has long been argued that forgiveness is a choice we all make in our lives to help ‘us’ move on. But are we truly forgiving the other person? Or are we saying that we forgive the other person so that we feel complacent. Continue reading