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Hi, I’m Carey -- a speaker, author, and life coach honest about my life and faith, stumbles, fumbles, and all.

My ministry focuses on helping women untangle their self-worth from the world and secure it in Jesus. And when we do, we’re free to live authentic lives… not perfect ones.

Here are my top 3…

top3Sometimes, I stumble across the power-packed words typed out by amazing women of God and get chill bumps. I read… and reread… and chew on what they have to say.

Because it’s so good.

But some weeks, it’s taken up a notch. And my chill bumps are accompanied by a loud “AMEN!” as I do a boot-scootin’ boogie across my floor. 

The words these women share feel more anointed. More personal. More honest.

Like this week.

And I was so moved by these blogs, that I wanted to make sure YOU had the chance to read them too. Sometimes it’s awfully noisy out there in cyber-land, and we miss some great material.

So here you go, friend.

Hand-delivered, just for you:

StasiEldredge-@2xThis woman is one of my favorite writers because she is so stinkin’ honest about her challenges and struggles. She is brave, and I totally dig that.

But what I really love about this blog is the bold reminder of just how powerful the name of Jesus is. Because when we utter His name… the earth trembles. Have you ever felt it?

Oh just typing that gives me goose bumps. Do you pray in His name? Do you talk about what Jesus has done in your life? Do you recognize His fingerprints in your situation? Oh He is so good to us. And His name is above all else.

This blog by Stasi Eldredge made me stand up… and clap… and let our a big ole “whoop” in my own home. And it greatly annoyed my cats.

 

anne_graham_lotz_CREDIT_AnGeL_MinistriesHave you ever felt like the devil has the upper hand in your life — like he is running the show and your suffering is all because of him? Does it seem that no matter how good you are, bad follows you around like a little puppy? (But not as cute as a real puppy, obviously)

Geeze… I have.

Sometimes life is a stinky pile of poo. And instead of waiting for God to intervene, we look at our messy situation and give Satan the credit.

But Anne Graham Lotzwho is an amazing truth-teller and as bold as can be — reminds us of the way it really is.

And you’re gonna love what she has to say in her blog.

 

MaryIt’s not an secret that community is vital to our mental health, and God created us to live and thrive in it.

I don’t know if you could say the same for you, but my girlfriends have saved me thousands in therapy bills… maybe more. And one of the best ways we support each other is by reminding the weary of their worth.

Because the world is quick to remind us we’re nothing special.

Sister, are you desperate for a reminder that you matter… and that you are good enough even when that truth seems impossible to believe?

Well look no further, because this (in)courage blog by Mary Carver will encourage you.

I wish we could grab a cup of coffee and talk about which one moved you the most. I’d love to unpack each of them with each of you, sharing those “wow” moments. And even more, I would ask what words-of-wisdom you’ve run across lately that have rocked your world.

You know what?

Why don’t you share a link to those amazing finds in the comments section below. And tell me how they spoke right into your heart.

Cuz I’d love to know.

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10 things to change this year

10 things to changeI want 2015 to be different. Maybe you do too.

Last year was… ehem… interesting. You see, God untangled some places in me where insecurity had knotted up my self-esteem.

And believe me, it wasn’t pleasant.  

It was messy.

But God did it. God is doing it.

And because of His divine untangling… because of the work we did to silence those not-good-enough messages…  I’m making some changes to fit the new me.  

It’s going to be a great year.

So here’s my list. And maybe, just maybe… you’ll find something in it for you too.

1) I’ll stop comparing myself to her

Someone will always be thinner. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be funnier.

Her husband might be more thoughtful. Her home might be bigger and cleaner. And her kids might be better behaved.

So. What.

God made me different on purpose. And I’m not going to be discouraged or feel defeated for being … me.

2) I won’t let social media numbers measure my worth

My worth as a woman isn’t determined by the number of followers and friends I have. I don’t feel more valuable because of the number of comments on my blog (although I really do like it when you leave one).  You can follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, or not.  Either way, it won’t change my mood for the day.  :)

3) I will remember that the number on the scale is just… a number

And that number will no longer affect my confidence or how I feel about myself. I won’t beat myself up when it fluctuates, or allow that digital accuser to measure my beauty. And once I find out where my husband has hidden the scale from me, I might just put it out in the trash.

4) I won’t let my kid’s choices gauge my parental mad-skillz

I love my little people. And I really do think that despite my human condition, I am a good mom. Glory be to God. Amen? But I’m no longer going to gauge my performance as parent by the choices they make – good or bad. Truth is, we do the best we can. We love them. We teach them. We model grace and mercy with our words and actions.

But these little critters come out 95% programmed. And they have a will.  So when I get that call from the principal’s office or when they sass-back one too many times, these things won’t be used to measure my value as a mom. But they will however, accurately measure the length of their grounding.

5) I will no longer apologize for my lack of domestic awesomeness

I can cook, but I don’t enjoy it. I may not be adventurous with new and exotic recipes from across the world (or even across the country), but my family eats well. I may have dust bunnies and crumbs that collect in the corners, but we comfortably live in our home. And I’m no longer going to carry guilt about it. As a matter of fact, I’m just going to own it. No more apologies. No more inferior feelings.

Betty Crocker and Marie Callender… welcome to the family.

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Christian New Year’s Resolutions

new-year-clipart-2015How can I use the New Year
To better serve my Lord?
I’ll read my Bible every day,
And be more in accord.

I’ll find new ways to serve others;
I’ll love my neighbor, too.
I’ll focus on “give” instead of “get”
In everything I do.

I’ll forgive the people I’m mad at;
Angry feelings I’ll discard;
I’ll try to love my enemies,
Even though it’s hard.

In the new year, I’ll lift people up,
Instead of putting them down.
I’ll fill my heart with love and joy,
And never wear a frown.

I’ll let go of my worries;
I’ll put it all in His hands;
I’ll repent and try to sin less,
And obey all His commands.

These new year’s resolutions
Are difficult, at best,
But there’s something I can do each day
That will put my soul at rest:

I’ll love my Lord with all my heart,
With all my mind and soul,
And if I do that essential thing,
All the rest will be in control.

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