Formatting Life

There are many aspects to writing books. One of the final stages—besides publishing and marketing—is formatting the book. This can be one of the most tedious, laborious, frustrating and time-consuming aspects of writing. Trying to transfer a huge word document into publishing software creates havoc on almost every page of the book. Also, books in our current generation can’t just be words on a page. There needs to be pretty, little details at the start of the book and the beginning of every chapter. Some books even add details to every page! Having to add these details is also very Continue reading

The Empty Fridge

We had just come back from a weeklong family vacation the night before, and I went into the kitchen the next morning, contemplating what I would cook for breakfast. All three of my kids sat at the table, waiting with anticipation for their morning meal. I opened the refrigerator and stared at the emptiness. I had made sure to use up most of our groceries before we left, so nothing would be wasted. The fridge looked bare without its usual occupants of milk, OJ, eggs, fruit and vegetables. Suddenly, I heard my 8-year old son cry out, “Mom! The refrigerator!” Continue reading

Vessels Series Giveaway!

        Thank you for all your support and encouragement! I’m honored that so many people shared this post and signed up to win my three newest publications! I’ve contacted the three randomly selected winners, and I will be mailing each of them the series! If you have time, you can check out my books on Amazon!   Many blessings in the name of Jesus! alisa In honor of Easter and my new series of Faith Writings published on April 1, I will be giving away three sets of each series! My hope is that each book is Continue reading

The Sixth Day

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31 (NIV) On the sixth day, God created humans, plants and animals. Once He completed His work, He looked at all that He had made, and He knew that everything was good. The sixth day represents the natural world and the creative authority of mankind, which dwelled in the perfect glory of God until sin entered the earth. God gave His beloved men and women free will, knowing that we would all fall short. However, God Continue reading

~Internet Cafe: Open Doors

My 8-year-old son jerked on the door over and over again, frustrated that it wouldn’t open. I could see one of the teachers through the vertical window, taking in the moment and biding her time. She wanted to give him a few extra seconds of hopelessly yanking on the handle before opening it and commencing her one minute lecture. The door challenge became a lesson of locked doors and how they will not magically open on their own. I totally understand her point, and I value her instruction to my son. That being said, I too have a point of Continue reading

Sticker Value

My local grocery store passes out little “Buddy Bucks” to the kids whenever we are in the checkout line. The kids can use these bucks to play a game located at the exit of the store. The game spins a big wheel, and when the kids push a button, the wheel slowly comes to a stop. Whatever number—from 1- 50— the wheel lands on, a sticker of the number comes out of the machine. The numbered stickers represent points. We then collect these stickers in books that the store provides. When we save up a certain amount of points, we Continue reading

Rerouted Favor!

We went to Disney World Parks on our Spring Break. The kids were ecstatic when we finally crossed into the first park of our Disney adventure, Animal Kingdom. However, I was less than enthusiastic about the crowds and long lines. Never had I seen so many people converge in one place! My husband got us Disney Fast Passes, but the Fast Pass to the main ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris, had run out. We were pretty disappointed because this ride allows the visitors to see the main animal attractions at the Animal Kingdom. The wait for the ride was 90 minutes, and Continue reading

The Power of Extreme

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4.8-9 NIV). I have three weeks until my first ever bodybuilding competition. I’m a little nervous because I’ve never competed in a show before. I don’t know exactly what to expect, and I can’t be certain that I am fully prepared. I’ve done research, and I think I have everything I need; but until I actually compete, I truly won’t know what to expect. However, I have given God my willingness and obedience, and Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional–Connecting Faith

I let my kids play on my phone sometimes. I’m vaguely aware of the few games that I’ve downloaded. I know they are learning games that keep them challenged. Today, we began our family vacation for Spring Break, and I found myself bored on my flight. So I decided to look at what games were on my phone to see if any of them were interesting enough to pass the time. I found one that I didn’t quite understand at first. Several color-coded dots were displayed on the screen in some sort of diagram, and I was supposed to connect Continue reading

The Power of Macros

  “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34.8 NIV). There are three things that the body needs: Carbohydrates (Carbs), Protein and Fat. These are called macronutrient (macros) because they are the three foundational nutrients of the body. Some fad diets will you tell you to avoid one macro or to only eat another macro, but in most situations this is not healthy or balanced. Each macro fulfills a specially designed purpose in the body. Carbs are the main source of energy to the body. Proteins provide amino acids, Continue reading