Happy Birthday to My Husband

Happy Birthday to my Husband

To say I was nervous would be an understatement. We’d met just a few short months before, and while our relationship was just blossoming from casual acquaintance to something akin to friendship, somehow I knew it would blossom into something even more. And if I didn’t know it then, I certainly hoped so – though […]

Comfort, Peace, and Hope


With broken words and fragile courage we share our stories. The stories of grief that feels like failure, but really it’s a story of bravery. The stories of overcoming heartache and brokenness, but really it’s a story of healing. Some of us share our stories privately, being vulnerable with just a few trusted souls. And […]


I sip peppermint tea and pray it provides relief from the nausea. The weather is dreary, rain drip-drip-dripping from the eaves of our roof, and I am so thankful for the much needed rain that calms and refreshes. In the pasture our cows gather beneath a tree, seeking shelter from the rain. And inside the […]

This Battlefield is Holy Ground

This Battlefield is Holy Ground

It is in between those moments of wrestling – the moments that make me breathless and leave me feeling fearless, and yet somehow defeated – that the realization hits: this battlefield, where I stand so brave, yet so often fall, this battlefield is holy ground. This battlefield is holy ground. My heart stirs as I remember […]

What does the Bible say about modesty?

What does the Bible say about Modesty - via A Royal Daughter

Can I make a confession? When I see articles and blog posts about modesty I get a little squeamish as I click on over. I don’t know about you, but I often approach the modesty issue with preconceived ideas of what I think people will say and stand for. Sometimes I’m surprised by what they say, […]

Desire to Inspire #50: Purpose

Can you believe Desire to Inspire is approaching its one year anniversary? I know our little community is small, but I am so thankful for each of you who writes with purpose and passion. Thank you for being so faithful to inspire your readers! My sweet friend, Victoria is here today to talk a little […]

A Letter to my Ten Year Old Self

A Letter to my Ten Year Old Self via A Royal Daughter

Dear ten year old Amanda, Hey girlie. Before we get down to the serious talk, you need to know one thing right now: that curly hair you’ve been praying for? It’s coming in about four years. Do us both a favor and recognize it earlier than I did. Get yourself some frizz-ease, a diffuser, and […]