On the Horizon

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm so excited to tell you all that there are some exciting new changes coming up soon!! While I don't want to reveal all the details quite yet, I will say that Whispers to the Heart will be getting a new home, new name as well as some other added changes along the way!

It's been such a blessing to blog here at Whispers to the Heart but due to severe writers block, a large (blogging) learning curve, and a dash of inspiration I've decided to continue this journey elsewhere. At the moment I'm working hard to get everything up and running, in order and looking good.

Please be on the lookout for more details and updates. I'm stoked for the new changes on the horizon!!


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The Blessings of Friendship Treasury illustrated by Mary Engelbreit book review

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


 "The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems what it means to be a friend - helping, encouraging, listening, sharing with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves, loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new friends alike."

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury illustrated by Mary Engelbreit is truly a gem!! This book is chalk full of poems, quotes and Bible verses on friendship. I absolutely love how this treasury features numerous different authors both modern and old. Some of the featured writers include Charles Dickens, Shel Silverstein, George MacDonald, William Butler Yeats, Henry David Thoreau and many more!

But what makes this book truly unique and special are the illustrations to go along. Mary Engelbriet captures the essence of old fashioned charm, simplicity and child-like wonder. I find myself flipping through the pages to gaze at the marvelous (dare I even say breath taking) pictures. It brings me back to my own childhood and yet inspires me to dream of the future.

I would highly recommend this gem of a book to anyone who is looking for a sweet read, especially those with young children at home. It would make the perfect baby shower gift to add to a baby's book collection or be a gift for that special little child in your life. I truly believe the adults will be captured by the illustrations just as much, if not more so, as the children will be!

I give The Blessings of Friendship Treasury 5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to pick up your copy ASAP!!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from BookLookBloggers.com in exchange for an honest review. This however has not affected my opinions in the review in any way, shape or form. 


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A Gentle Reminder

Saturday, August 2, 2014


A gentle reminder for all those "worry warts" out there. None of our worrying can add a single moment to our life, so why do we do it?

Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:8


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A Biblical Perspective on OCD

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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"For better or worse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has tumbled into popular culture as a label for our uptight and detail-minded acquaintances. Many of us know someone who is OCD about his schedule or his budget or keeping his silverware neatly stacked. But clinically speaking, OCD extends beyond mere personality quirks to include mental and behavioral patterns that can lock arms in a vortex of bondage.

"A person with OCD typically finds himself the host of intrusive thoughts — fears of contamination, of committing the unpardonable sin, of embarrassing himself in public — that kick up intense anxiety and refuse to leave. These “sticky thoughts,” as Mike Emlet calls them, are considered obsessions and make up half of the OCD equation. The other half, compulsions, involves the behaviors we usually associate with the disorder: repeated hand washing, counting stair steps, checking locks, and so on. Compulsions offer the prospect of relief from obsessive thoughts. But they almost never deliver. In fact, more often than not, they only make things worse. (Are you sure your hands are clean? Better scrub again.)

Body and Soul

"So what causes OCD? Researchers have offered a variety of explanations. Some, for example, have suggested a link between OCD and abnormal levels of serotonin, a chemical that relays messages from one neuron in the brain to another. Others have pointed to genetics and certain environmental factors. But despite these leads, no one has been able to identify an airtight physical explanation. And should such a discovery one day appear, our collective understanding would only shuffle up to the edge of a black and yawning chasm: the human heart." 

Read the rest of OCD and the Death of the Christian, an insightful, spot-on post over at Desiring God, here.


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An Old Friend

Monday, July 28, 2014

 
Wind whipping through my hair, free as a bird! I felt on top of the world, like I could fly anywhere! Footloose and fancy free, back in my childhood element. The sky was the limit, like it used to be.

Why had I waited so long to do this again? What had stopped me from getting back on the swing and letting the wind caress my face?

It beckoned me like an old friend. I couldn't resist the urge to sit down once again and hold the chain link swing between my hands as my legs pumped hard to get higher.

Weightless.

Free.

Yes, this was something I'd unfortunately abandoned a long time ago, during my pigtail wearing, jean jumper skirt days. It's a shame too. I don't really understand why we as adults often let go of the things that used to bring us such great pleasure as children.

The ride lasted less than 5 minutes. I had two children to look after that day sitting on the swings next to me. One little voice kept persisting on just a few more pushes, please!! Though the moment was short lived it brought such joy to my heart, and my old friend the swing seemed to have reminded me of this one very, very important truth...

The sky is the limit!!

Friend, take time today to indulge that inner child whom God created and find joy in the little moments. You won't regret it!


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Haiti on my Heart

Thursday, July 24, 2014







Come follow my Pinterest board Renmen Ayiti (Love Haiti in Creole) here and see more pins like this. Haiti is on my heart!


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Fingernail chipped, Messy haired, Jesus Loving, Me

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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This poor old blog of mine seems bare. I've not had the time or even the desire to post something lately. The writers block I've been experiencing has left me scratching my head in confusion. Why so dry? I've been so busy lately living life, experiencing new things beyond my wildest dreams, and feeling renewed once again, surely I would have something to write about... right?

Wrong.

The words just haven't flowed... that is until I realized what my problem was. I've been trying to be super-spiritual. You know what that means right? When you want to be so on fire for God that you can't help but spiritualize every single aspect of your life and weave it together into some sort of amazing super-spiritual lesson? Where you see things so clearly that you can't help but feel so proud that you thought of this amazing biblical lesson all on your own? (Note the sarcasm here.)

Yeah... that's what I mean by super-spiritual.

But I'm not that person. I live an amazing life with God that sometimes looks and seems pretty normal. In fact, I do live a normal life. No I'm not talking about an average, boring, superfluous life. I'm talking about a life where I do have to wash dishes, do laundry, grocery shop, budget, pay off student loans, and work hard. That's the kind of normal life I do live.

I'm not always in a super-spiritual mood where I can find a lesson for the reasons why my patience is wearing thin once again as a sweet child refuses to pick up their trash they left littered on the floor. I'm just plain old losing my patience here!!!

But I digress. I think all of these things is the reason why this poor old blog of mine has been bare boned lately. So I'm making a resolution to try my best to write... just write with real honesty and not super-spiritualizing (is that even a word?) everything.

I'm just a young woman, with chipped nail polish, messy morning hair --sans makeup-- with a whole lot more questions than answers, learning to follow and trust God with her whole heart, soul, mind and strength. I'm not perfect and frankly, I don't want to be, not on this side of eternity anyway. None of us are perfect... and that's ok... because believe it or not God loves us anyways.

It is my hope and prayer that this blog won't be so abandoned in the future, and while I can't promise that I'll be doing 2-3 posts a week, I can assure you that I will try my hardest to just be normal, messy haired, tea-drinking, Jesus loving me in these posts from now on.

Thank you to all the godly women out there who have had the courage to open up about themselves and showed me where it is that I was getting it wrong! God used you in a powerful way. I am extremely grateful.


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