For the Warrior in You.

By Monica C. Voskamp You are a warrior. And you may not see or feel it right now, but hope is standing strong with you. Don’t be discouraged by being in the thick of the battle, but be encouraged you are standing in the battle. You are *in*. You’re a fighter. You’re loyal. You’re committed. [...]

Love Series Day#7: Honor Redefined.

By Monica C. Voskamp                                                                                                                                                                    I'm looking at something a little beyond me: honor.  I have mixed feelings: I'm confused and conflicted. I'm like this princess. I'm confused even though I'm dressed in beautiful colors and crowned with gold. I should feel honored, but inside I churn with confusion.                                                                                                                                                                    I'm confused because what I've [...]

Day #5 Love Series: the Ground Beneath.

By Monica C. Voskamp Goals. Nothing wrong with them specifically. Achievements. Relationships. Jobs.  Families. Faith. Those are part of our lives, and a good part. What is the wrong in them, then? When we place our value, our defining and our grounding in the things & people of life, this is the error. How does [...]

Day #4 Love Series: the Gift in your Hands.

By Monica C. Voskamp Love is not jealous. We all want a fairy tale life. Or at least I like the sound of it. 🙂 I loved Disney movies, still do. There's something so sweet as all the ugly turning around to joyous beauty. Maybe thats the plot of our lives too, all the messy, [...]

Day #3 Love Series: The way of Kindness.

By Monica C. Voskamp Kindness. I've been trying to think what it means, and looking for it in today. Thoughts on kindness kept alluding me. After work, I laid in bed for an hour trying to sleep, but feeling too much pain. I cried. I thought about this "kindness" thing. I had angry thoughts in [...]

Day #1 Love Series: What can you Count on?

By Monica C. Voskamp What is one thing you can count on in your life? Think about it. Perhaps..Your job always being there. Your man never cheating on you. Your children never disowning you. Your health the same goodness tomorrow as it is today. Whats your first thought of something you can count on? Your [...]

Decoding Religion: my journey of escape.

By Monica C. Voskamp Self Care. Self care isn't selfish.  It was the first thing I learned in my first counseling session.  It's ridiculous to think caring for your one irreplaceable self would be considered selfish...sinful. My religion mindset told me otherwise. I was terrified to be doing something sinful. In 2006, I knew I [...]