Miley Cyrus the Morning After

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The Internet can’t stop talking about Miley Cyrus’s performance on the Video Music Awards. 

Daphne Tarango is talking about it, too, but not from a place of judgment:

How many times have we made irrational decisions? Choices that seemed fun at the moment, but the morning after, maybe even hours or seconds after, felt regret, guilt, and shame.

Erupting in anger.

Pulling up the porn just one more time.

Binging on fat-laden foods.

Downing just one more drink.

Having just one more affair.

Telling a “little white lie.”

 …Miley Cyrus might not be [feeling regret] just yet, but I assure you: In time, she will. We all will.

We all seek that one thing that will make us feel alive—truly free. And not just free for a moment, but free for a lifetime. We can’t find it on a stage in front of millions of people or in the corner of a dark room with nothing but our conscience. We find it in Jesus. {Read more here.}

Have an Inspired Day by praying for Miley and others you know who live with regrets.



I run for dear life to God, I’ll never live to regret it. Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Psalm 71:1 (MSG)

How to Know What You Do Matters

self-image, self-esteem, encouragement, Christian

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a cubicle employee, it’s sometimes hard to see the importance of your work.

Caroline of Under God’s Mighty Hand shares three ways we can know that what we do matters:

  1. Is the intent love? Whatever you’re thinking, does it model love, give love, shine love? That action could be a small as holding the door open, but it is loving, do it.
    “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
  2. Does it build up the body of Christ? Our actions both present examples of faith to observers and can support members within the body of Christ.
    “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16 {Click here to read the third way to know you matter.}


Have an Inspired Day by reminding yourself that what you do matters.



You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. 1 Corinthians 12:27


What We Must Teach Our Sons

Steubenville, mothers and sons, parenting boys

After the disturbing news of how young men treated a girl in Steubenville, Ann Voskamp shared some important truths with her son–truths every son should be taught:

Son. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage.

And that is never the heart of God.

That’s what you have to get, Son — Real Manhood knows the heart of God for the daughters of His heart.

Your Dad is one of those men. When he heard of what happened in Steubenville, how boys your age had violated a young woman with such indifference and ignorance, he said it to me quiet –

Unless a man looks to Jesus, a man doesn’t know how to treat a woman.

So this is what your dad and I want you to get, to get this and never forget it: that when God decided to pull on skin and make His visitation into the world, He didn’t show up in some backroom of an inner boy’s club or regale us with some black tie inaugural affair.

This is what God chose as best, this is where He first became one of us: God chose to make His entry point into the world through the holy space of a woman, to enfold Himself inside of a woman, to drink of a woman, be held and nourished and cared for by a woman — that’s the jolting truth of how God loves His daughters with His honor. {Read more of what Ann shared with her son.}

Have an Inspired Day by teaching your son how God sees women.



Reverently honor an older woman as you would your mother, and the younger women as sisters. 1 Timothy 5:2 (MSG)

What to Do With a Layover

relationships, God, time management, coincidences

We all experience layovers, even if we’re never in an airport. We have unscheduled time to fill.

On Allume, Christie shares what she did with a two hour layover:

A two hour layover is plenty of time to grab a searing hot cup of coffee, read a few “how to” ebooks on blogging, and look cute while doing it, right? But. She has a two hour layover. Two hours. Two hours to help encourage a mom who just lost her child. To thank a veteran for his service to our country. To relive along with a pilot his shaking, near experience with the September 11th attacks.

You may have a few hours or a few minutes to share love, peace, and ultimately the gospel message with these wayward travelers who, just like you, are all headed somewhere. {Read more inspiration for how to use your layovers.}

Have an Inspired Day by using your layovers the Gospel.



Woe to those who live only for today, indifferent to the fate of others! Amos 6:4

5 Ways to Keep Up Your Exercise Routine

exercise, motivation

Starting an exercise routine is fairly easy. Keeping it up is hard!

Diana Brandmeyer has some tips that can help:

1. Start working out on Monday and as early in the day as you can.

2. Get a workout buddy to hold you accountable. *note this doesn’t have to be a buddy that exercises when you do. I have a friend who calls and asks if I worked out. I can’t lie to her so this works for me.

3. Don’t take more than a one day break between workouts–unless you like starting over.

4. Feeling stuck, not sure you are doing a move right? Hire a trainer for a session.

5. Get a tip jar. Love this one, it came from Kimberly Smith, my boot camp instructor. After a workout I add some money to the jar. {Get 10 more tips here}


Have an Inspired Day by using one of Diana’s tips for keeping up with your exercise routine.



Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


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