Exhasution, the enemy of intentionality.

I think we all have certain things in the back of our minds that weigh on us, that we know should be improved, but we don’t let ourselves think about. We don’t want to think about it or dwell on it because we know if we do, we won’t be able to hide from it anymore. Certain habits, mindsets, relational issues, etc, we all have something we’d rather keep out of our mental to-do list.

I’ve had one of those thoughts trying to pry its way to the front of mind for months now, I kept fighting it, pushing it away, not letting it dare make itself known because I didn’t have the time or mental capacity to even start on it. But, over this winter break when my life hasn’t been engulfed in balancing school, a job, small business and all the busyness that comes with my life back in Tulsa, I was able to slowly let that thought come to mind and wrestle with it.


“Maggie, you are exhausted. In every single facet of the word. Exhausted. You know that everything about you is suffering from it too.” 


Everything about my life lately has been tinged with that ugly word. My spiritual life has felt this, my mental life has felt this and my physical energy and health have been on a decline. I’ve felt this exhaustion seeping into my bones, yet worst of all to me is how it has affected all my actions.

When I finally let myself get a grip on the fact that I was completely and utterly exhausted, I opened up the area of my heart that had been closed off and the Lord stepped in. Isn’t it hilarious that we think we can hide things from the Lord? Like if we don’t think about something then the Lord won’t know about it. It is comical how often I forget that the Lord doesn’t have to intercept my anxious, negative and overwhelmed thoughts to know what’s going downhill in me, He knows my heart. He doesn’t even have to be a mind reader, He looks at our heart first which is all the information He needs to know. We are really only hurting ourselves by thinking that hiding our dirty shortcomings is going to fix the problem.

Openness, authenticity and realness heal. Silence, reserve, and hiding only keep us in bondage.

So, here is my open, authentic and real self saying that I have been living my life from an attitude of exhaustion, and despite how much good I do or love I give to others, it doesn’t cover the hole in my heart. Here I am saying that I have decided to wrestle with this exhaustion in my life and no longer want to live like this.

Once I took my exhaustion to the Lord, I finally gave Him the space to speak to me about it. He began to tell me how my life was to be marked by intentionality. That my actions, health, and mental wellness were meant to be intentional and that as I had let exhaustion creep in I had allowed my intentionality to creep out. It was a slow progression that turned into a downward spiral of not caring anymore. Exhaustion has held my attention more than God’s goodness has.

Exhaustion has led me to start choosing what is easy and convenient over what is intentional. Exhaustion has led me to choose to lay in bed and scroll through social media feeds that don’t really add value to my life instead of making intentional connections, working on creative things or actually being productive. Its led me to stop caring about what I put into my body to give it fuel, easy food over healthy food.

Exhaustion, to be incredibly frank, has made me so lazy. Laziness does not activate anything. Laziness lacks intentionality, it doesn’t add value, it doesn’t gain health or wealth, it only stays stagnate. Lazy only looks for easy, and easy choices never lead to a worthwhile life.

My word for 2019 is wellness, the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. It will take some time and intentional decisions but to truly be living my best life, I have to start actively pursuing a healthy life.

My hopes that in sharing this with you is that you open your heart and mind to those issues on your mental back burner and have the courage to wrestle with them too. 2019 can be your best year yet if you decide to make yourself the healthiest, most authentic and real you there is. Stop living in the shadows of what shames you burdens you and holds you back. Step up to the challenge of living a life marked by intentionality.

Cheers to a year of wellness and intentionality,

You’re not alone,


A Song From the Wilderness

Today, I was reflecting back over the season of life that I’ve been in. Back in January of 2016, the Lord led me to a passage of scripture that He said would be an anchor for me as I walked into the next season of my life. At the time, His word’s and the passage He directed me to seemed odd. I couldn’t have been in a happier, expectant season at the time in my mind, so when He directed me to Isaiah 43:16-19 I didn’t know what to think. In short, it’s a passage from His voice talking about how He will make a way out of the wilderness, that He will make a path in the dry desert.

Looking back, I am thankful that the Lord knows whats coming long before we do, that He knows the things we will walk through and how He will prepare us for the “wilderness” long before it’s even in sight. My season of being in the wilderness came, and boy was I thankful for the Lord’s guidance. Last night while reading in my Bible, I landed again in Isaiah, Isaiah chapter 51:1-3,

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
    you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
    and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
    that I might bless him and multiply him.
For the Lord comforts Zion;
    he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
    her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.” 

From this verse, the Lord brought forth something from the overflow of my heart, a song. I used to write poetry and songs so long ago to the Lord, over time I simply stopped. But today, as I felt the Lord saying to me that it was time to leave the wilderness, I couldn’t stop my hand from penning these words. I am certainly no song writer, and in no way have I ever been musically inclined.. However, I know the power of being relatable and the peace that comes from being understood, so I pray that in the same way the Lord filled me with peace when I sang this to Him this chilly, November afternoon, that you who read it will feel the same peace. If you’re in your own wilderness season, I hope this fills you with a sense of victory.. Even if you can’t see the promise land, I assure you that IT IS coming . Sing with me as we walk our way out of the wilderness.


Deserts Into Gardens

You make, my deserts into gardens

You make, my brokenness into goodness

You take the holes in my heart, and grow them into fullness

Yes, You make, my deserts into gardens


For years, I wandered in the wilderness

So far from my God-given purpose

But You came, and told me who I am and made me whole


You make, my deserts into gardens

You make, my brokenness into goodness

You take the holes in my heart, and grow them into fullness

Yes You make, my deserts into gardens


For years, I wandered in the wilderness

So dry, filled with doubts and disappointments

But you came, and rained down Your grace and revived my soul


You make, my deserts into gardens

You make, my brokenness into goodness

You take the holes in my heart, and grow them into fullness

Yes You make, my deserts into gardens


For years, I wandered in the wilderness

So alone, frustrated by my circumstance

But You came, and met me on the road and led me home


No more, will I wander in the wilderness

Now I know, that I can trust your faithfulness

Because You came, You died and took my place to call me You own


Now I’ll dance, full of assurance

Every step, full of endurance

As I live, my life full of abundance

I will rejoice


Until next time,

keep rejoicing your way out of the wilderness.


Mountains of Matthew // The Sermon on the Mount and Then Some

 Here is the second installment of my Mountains of Matthew series.

This one focuses on Jesus’ sermon on the mount. However, due to the extensive length of this passage, I am not going to include it all. Feel free to read it all on your own.

Jesus’ sermon begins in Matthew 5 and goes all the way through chapter 8.

The main theme of this mountain is: we must go to the mountain to be taught. 

In this sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches about and touches on a variety of subjects. Coming off the mountain of temptation with the Devil and from an intense forty day fast just a few chapters prior, He is full and ready to pour out His wisdom. He gives the famous Sermon on the Mount, declaring the blessings that are to follow the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who seek righteousness and are persecuted.

From that He moves into topical teaching, leaving almost no topics left unspoken on: Salt and light, fulfillment of the law, anger, lust, oaths, retaliation, loving our enemies, being generous, how to pray, fasting, making eternal investments, anxiety, judging others, how to treat others, spiritual fruitfulness and building a proper foundation of faith. He basically gave us a road map on how to live. Some of the language may seem strange at times but we have to keep in mind the culture and audience Jesus was speaking to.

Out of all those things, one stuck out to me in a way that it never has. I read over the whole portion of scripture in which Jesus was teaching on this mountain and what He decided to teach me about came from His lesson on lust.

So, that’s what I am going to unpack for you today.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

Matthew 5:27

Now, now. Don’t freak out and go clicking off this page. I know that is a passage of scripture surrounded with contention and some taboos. It is a bit daunting and to our modern-day culture, its language comes across as extreme. Myself even, up until now,  have found it as a passage I knew about but avoided using because of its language. But, God is always good, always wise and always revealing new things to hearts open to understand. So, as He prompted me to stop on this part for the first time I did.

Being a theology major now, my view on the Bible is changing. A simple thing I’ve learned is about Biblical repetition. Numbers have significance in the Bible as well as repetition, any time you see either of these things, pay attention and look for correlations of wording and or repetition of the numbers. In short, repetition = emphasis.

We see a repetition of basically the same sentence twice in this passage. I bolded them for you to see. It was that repetition that grabbed my attention.


“For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

“For it is better that you lose one of your members than your whole body go into hell.” 


The only difference to be found is in the two phrases in italics. I looked up the original meanings of each phrase using Blue Letter Bible (wonderful website for helping with more textual studies of the Bible) and this is what I found.

thrown into = Greek: ballo = to be thrown or let go of a thing without caring where it falls.

go into = Greek: aprechomai = to go away, to depart.

Now, after all of that, this is what started to be revealed to me.

Lust comes in many forms.

It isn’t just a term reserved for sexual desires, it is applicable to so many things in our life.

We can lust after relationships (both romantic and platonic), we can lust after jobs, materialistic things, physical appearances, money, status, and yes the lust that this passage mentions.

Lust, in summary is desiring in an unhealthy way. To clarify, there is nothing wrong with having a desire for something/someone. Desire, if used in a healthy way, can be the fire that drives us to succeed in our goals. Desire, if used in a lustful way, can be the fire that drives us to obsession. This is the line that boarders in lust and obsession, healthy desire and unhealthy desire.

Let’s talk about the unhealthy side, the one we all, myself included, struggle with in some respect.

When we lust after things, we are really overlooking our voids and God’s power to fill them for what we have convinced ourselves will fill them. We look past God and into our inner, fallen and selfish selves. We try to fill our voids with money, fun, things and people when in reality, those things may work for a moment, but there is still a hole in our hearts. Lust is the result of the bleeding in our hearts that we haven’t allowed God to heal. Girls seek to fill daddy issues with relationships that lead nowhere, searching for affirmation from a boy who will never fix them. Or for men its searching to be as masculine as possible to overcompensate for the lack of manly guidance as a boy trying to grow into a man. There is a void. We have discontentment in our heats from not feeling significant so we search for significance with materialistic items or through friendships that add absolutely no value to us. There is a void. Our attempt at filling this void shows that we are devoid of handing over a certain area of our lives to God. Lust, at its core, is really just a root of pride and hurt. Pride + hurt = a dangerous combination.

When we seek what we want over what God has planned for us, we encounter a two-step phenomenon. This is why I broke down the different phrases back in the passage. When we first start walking in lust, we’re throwing away what is right for what seems satisfying. As Christians we are ballo, having our trust in God thrown away, without the care of where it falls. This can be momentary or the first step in a long trip down the path of lust. If this ballo continues to happen, if our lust is not stopped, healed or evaluated, we walk into aprechomai,a departing from our trust in God entirely. Unfortunately, a lot of people live their lives in this place. Their wounds have been deep, their past has been painful, their hearts have been bleeding for so long that their lust driven actions have simply become their reality. That hole, that void cannot be filled by the things of earth. I don’t belive that everyone who reads this post has been being eaten alive by lust, but that doesn’t mean that someone reading this post hasn’t or is starting to discover that their heart is being pulled on by lust.

Thankfully, the lust in our hearts is not stronger than the Healer of our hearts.

I love this quote by St.Augustine, “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in You.” 

The first step to overcoming lust in our lives is finding healing in God. Remember how we talked out how lust is a result from a lack of healing? How is it rooted in our fear of handing over that certain area in our lives to the Lord? When we allow God to touch the hurts in our life, they no longer have any more power than what we choose to give them.  Healing starts the process of filling the void. However this time, since we are filling it with God and not the things that we’ve lusted after, the hole will actually stay full.

The second step to overcoming lust in our life is finding contentment in God.

After our wounds have been healed, we can start removing the lustful things because we now have something better to replace them with. Loneliness is replaced with love. Discontentment is filled with deliverance. Hurt finally receives healing. We find contentment in the Lord when we turn over our hurts to His hands, resting in the knowledge that He has the power to turn them into distant memories. When we are living lust driven lives, we push God to the side. Healed lives bring God back in. Start reengaging with God. Read His word, find the verses that go with the things you have struggled with and declare it over your life. Pray it out, it can be easy to trick yourself into believing  you’re alone when you stop talking to the person who never leaves you.

On another note, do what you can in the physical to help aid the contentment process in the spiritual. What do I mean by this? Unfollow that person. Block that website. Block the other websites too. Fast social media. Get a financial accountability partner. Set a spending limit. Say goodbye to that group of people who influence you in the worst way. Go to the gym and work out that anger. Clear out your secret stash, no if ands or buts about keeping anything. Get a mentor who you will allow to speak into your life no matter what. I don’t know what you struggle with, I don’t know what your stumbling block is but here’s the thing, its always going to be a stumbling block until you move it out of your path. Seeking contentment in the spiritual is wonderful, highly encouraged and something that cannot be omitted from the contentment process, but know that there are things in the physical realm you must do to get full healing.

To close this post, know that the Lord was speaking to my own heart while writing this. I have areas of my life that have some prideful hurt within them that I need healing in. If you found yourself recognizing lust in your life over this post, you’re not alone. This week, every morning, I am going to start my day with this prayer and I welcome you to join me:


Lord, I thank you for this day and all the blessings within it.

Today, help me walk in contentment. 

When the hurts in my heart try to lead me from your satisfying love, remind me of who You are, what You do and what You can do if I let you.

Heal my heart and remove anything within it that stems from lust.

I am healed, I am content and joyful in the name of Jesus. 



Until next time, keep climbing the mountain.


Mountains of Matthew // Temptation

This is the first of a series of posts that I will be writing as a part of a personal Bible study I’ll be doing in the book of Matthew. I recently learned about how Matthew uses and emphasizes mountains more than any other gospel and that each mention of a mountain has a significant lesson behind it. Take it as a big sign from Matthew saying, “This is some good stuff!”

This may be a bit messy, but hey, that’s really just how my thoughts work.

Below is the portion of scripture that this post is based off of. What is in bold or italics are things that stuck out to me.


The Temptation. 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.


The main theme of this mountain is: we must go to the mountain to be tested. 

Directly following this entire passage is the passage of scripture that introduces Jesus’ ministry. The header that divides the two passages literally says in my Bible, “Jesus Begins His Ministry.”

I find this to be no coincidence, any time in my life I have felt the call to step out, the enemy happily pranced in and took me to my own mountain of temptation. We’ll just call this phase the bending before the breakthrough.

The enemy attacks many areas of Jesus’ life in his tempting. In many respects, our tempting (or bending) will be very similar to Jesus’.

Twice the enemy acknowledges and tests Jesus’s identity. He questions, “if you are the Son of God..” then do this. This not only questions Jesus’s identity, but His God-given authority. You see, the enemy knows our calling and gifts just as well as God does. He probably knows our value and the magnitude of our calling more than we ourselves know. Because of this, he is going to try to make us second guess those things so we will never have the courage to pursue and grow them. The greatest victory for the enemy is the day he is able to discourage you. I love how both times Jesus has a reply, a response already to tackle the enemies crafty jabs. Why is this? Because Jesus knew who He was and Who’s He was. The evidence of this can be found in the pages of Matthew to come.

Takeaway from this? Don’t forget who you are and to Whom you belong. You ARE a child of God. You have all authority, this includes the authority to tell that darn devil that he can get his temptations and go back to where he came from.

The enemy will also always hit us where we are weak. Jesus had just came out of a forty day fast. The man was hungry and physically weak. Yet, His inner spirit-man was full. So full that when the Spirit led Him into the wilderness, He was willing to go.

Two points I want to make on this: 1.) When we build up our inner man, we can face anything. 2.) The Spirit WILL lead you into the wilderness.

When we focus in on making our spirit strong, not matter our external conditions, we will be able to come through to a breakthrough. When we come to these intentional seasons of being in the wilderness, we can be reminded of the promises of Isaiah 43:19 and James 1:3. God will make a way in the wilderness, the testing of our faith will produce endurance. March forward into your wilderness, take the narrow road and learn the lesson of endurance.

The enemy will tempt our trust and respect of God. Next to discouraging us, another mission of the devil is to make us demean God. If we don’t trust God, we won’t trust our calling. In Jesus’ temptation, the enemy asked Him to throw Himself down because surely angels would save Him. In my opinion , Jesus’ response is certainly appropriate, but while reading I felt like God spoke to me about how Jesus was demonstrating the awareness of free will. Sure, He probably could have saved Himself or had the angels or God step in to save Him, but in the end, just because something can be done, it doesn’t mean it should be done. We can do a lot of things, and often when acting in free will, we won’t always see the results of our actions because of God’s immense grace for us. But that doesn’t mean that our decisions are without consequence. What may seem like nothing in the natural, could be something that takes away from the supernatural calling around us.

What’s the takeaway? Trust God, respect His boundaries and use your free will wisely. 

Lastly, the enemy will tempt your pride. 

The enemy led Jesus up on a “very high” mountain and showed him the vast kingdoms of the world and the riches they possessed. He tempted Jesus with being the owner of them all if He would bow down and worship him. Obviously, this was not a hard one for Jesus to fight, He already has possession over all the kingdoms, He had a hand in creating them! But the message left for us is a big one. Pride must die in us if we want anything of Heaven to be done through us. This is the last tempting of Jesus before He went on to start His ministry. I think the fact of the mountain being “very high” is a fitting term. Have we not heard it said, “First pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 16:18

Pride is the enemy of our calling. When we place ourselves above others and away from humility, it’s a dangerous place to be. If Jesus would have failed this one temptation, it would mean the faith expressed while facing the other two would be ruined. If we fail this one temptation, we can pretty much kiss the breakthrough phase goodbye. Humility is key in the pursuit of our calling. Humility is key in our time on the mountain. Humility is key in  our time in the wilderness. Humility is key when we get out of the wilderness.

Final takeaway? Don’t lose your humility. When the tempting things of life come along, season them with humility, grace and truth. After that, then evaluate. What’s of the Lord will pass through those things; what gets stuck in the process reveals what isn’t suppose to be.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and would love your feedback!

Until the next installment, keep climbing your mountain.



Vulnerable post, because well, I’ve felt pretty vulnerable lately.

College has taught me so much in such a short amount of time, but one of the greatest things its been doing for me is revealing my own character. And despite my best efforts, or what the worlds outside perception of me is based off my actions may be, I’ve seen how deeply selfish I am.

Despite what good deeds I may do in the external, despite the kind words I may say and the nice ways I make others feel, my internal reality holds a much different picture. Selfishness. Pride. Walls lined up all the way around my heart. A love for others that was only halfhearted. An open book with selective information penned for others to read. If there is one thing that’s been painfully revealed to me these past few months is that my inner person is not as lovely, compassionate and healed as I thought she was.

I say all this not to make you think less of me, I say this because I know we live in a society that values and strives to perfect the art of perfectionism. We make our lives picture and caption perfect, showing all the highlights but seldom giving a viewing of reality. Behind the happy dorm snaps I post, inspirational Facebook status and filtered Instagram post, it is so easy for me to hide the hurt that my hearts been carrying.

I digress from that because in the midst of the changes and inner hurts, Gods goodness is still good to me. He doesn’t make vulnerable my heart just to leave it that way. Yesterday as I was writing a long paper for school, the song Pieces by Bethel came on in my suggested YouTube shuffle and it’s words could not have been more timely, peaceful, convicting yet comforting than they were. It was the message I needed that I didn’t realize I needed..


Unreserved, unrestrained
Your love is wild
Your love is wild for me
It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed
Your love is proud
To be seen with me

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Uncontrolled, uncontained
Your love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not just a spark
It’s not just a flame
Your love is a light
That all the world will see
All the world will see

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Your love’s not fractured
It’s not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
It’s not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It hangs on every word we say
Love keeps its promises
It keep its word
It honors what’s sacred
‘Cause its vows are good
Your love’s not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us


I realized in that moment yesterday that I give my own heart in pieces. My heart is broken, its distrusting, its insecure, it becomes passive when the other party involved seems not to care, it disengages when it doesn’t feel listened to, sometimes it is so over ran by impatience that it is restless, it’s prone to over-thinking, it gets selfish and only listens to the point of its own interests.. I don’t know when I stopped giving it all together to people and places, but I realized yesterday that that was the true condition of my heart.

My hope in all of that revealing?

God doesn’t give His heart in pieces.

And knowing God’s track record of changing my life and the way I live, He won’t let me keep my heart in that condition.

He’s everything that I am not, and He is everything that the people that have hurt me in life aren’t. He can be trusted, He always engages, He is always present, He is always good and sticks to what He said He would do.

My hope in sharing this with you is that perhaps while reading this you discovered you’re giving your heart away in pieces too. If that is you, I pray that you start asking God to help you make your heart whole again, I know that’s one of my new prayers and here are the verses I’m going to start declaring over my life:

“How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
 He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
 He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.” -Psalms 147:3-5 

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”-Revelation 21:3-4

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”-John 14:27

I pray for your heart to be at peace as I start the process of healing for mine. I’m not called to live a life thats anything less than wholeness, and neither are you.


Beneficial Buying List!

Hello everyone!

The Christmas season is upon us again and I am so excited! Last year I made a FaceBook post with a list of business that had suggestions of unique and purposeful products to purchase. I love to make my buying power go far beyond my initial purchase. I love when I know I’m buying something that gives back to someone or even whole communities in need!  This year I’m doing the same, however, I’m adding a lot more to it! In the post below, I have categorized different beneficial businesses for you to buy from with the link and a brief description. Happy shopping and please share so that others can learn about all the awesome businesses below! (P.S. I’m putting a star beside the businesses I have personally bought from. )






  • *Freeset Bags & Apparel: employing women rescued from Kolkata’s largest red light district, recycled sari and jute bags + custom tshirts + high quality scarves, http://www.freesetglobal.com
  • *Esperos: each purchase helps to fund one year of schooling for a child in need, http://www.esperosbags.com
  •         Mulxiply: bags, homegoods & jewelry benefitting surviors of human trafficking, http://mulxiply.myshopify.com/



  • Garment Collective: ethically sourced, made by survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal, http://www.garmentcollective.com .
  • *Sudara: handmade by women in India rescued from human trafficking,

             https://www.sudara.org/collections/PUNJAMMIES?    gclid=CKD9ovngz9ACFRIlgQod48MNGQ  .


  • *Saribari: beautiful handmade quilts, made by and supporting women rescued from human trafficking in India, http://www.saribari.com




It’s Not About Us.

This week, through a conversation with a friend, I was reminded of a ministry story I have from my trip to Italy.

We had been asked to speak at a local church on late notice and I ended up giving an impromptu message along with two of my teammates. After we shared the head pastor took the stage. Even though he was speaking Italian, I could tell what he was saying. Midway through his thank you’s to us, it dawned on me that he was talking about me. He never said my name, but I just knew that he was. He finally stopped to allow the translator to translate and sure enough.. My thoughts became reality, he had been speaking about me and now was asking me to come forward to pray for him to receive a healing.

I was more than happy to do so, however.. In the back of my mind I just couldn’t understand why God would want me to pray for this pastor. Me? Of all the well and wonderful people on my team.. He would single me out.

Now this may not seem like a big deal to you all reading, but let me explain to you why it was a big deal to me at the time. We were in Italy in March and a few months before the trip I had been diagnosed with a condition that zaps my energy when I eat certain foods (gluten mostly). Italy is not a place that is very friendly when it comes to trying to avoid wheat. So all that week I has been struggling with my own need for a healing, even that night my own condition had me feeling unwell. Yet, here I was, in my mind the least person qualified to pray healing for someone being chosen to do so.

Fast forward to this evening. At school we are having a Fall Revival and as we prayed and worshiped, God placed it on my heart to pray for a friend who struggles with insecurity. Just like the story of the Italian pastor, He asked me to pray healing over an area of someone’s life where I, myself, need healing. Insecurity is something I struggle with and something I’m seeking to let go of in this season and yet here goes God again, calling me to do what I don’t feel qualified to do.

In the end it was my experience in Italy that gave me the confidence to pray for my friend tonight. In Italy I fully believe that God pushed that pastor to choose me because He wanted to instill in me a life lesson and that lesson and message is this:

It’s not about us. 

It’s not about the messenger, it’s about His message. 

It’s not about what we can do, but about what He is able to do through us.

He can do so much with our lives. He can use us in the mightiest of ways even despite our past/present situations. He uses the broken, the wounded, the ordinary and the imperfect to do His will and work everyday. Even when we’re fighting battles ourselves, He can use us to help others obtain victory over theirs.

Don’t disqualify yourself today. Don’t look at who you are and what you have and think that He could never use you.

If He can use me, He can use you.

He made a shepherd into a king.

He used a donkey to speak and change a man’s life.

He used a prostitute in the genealogy of Jesus.

Oral Roberts, the founder of the university I attend was a amazing speaker and evangelist and you want to know a fun fact about him? He was born with a stutter.

My pastor failed his public speaking class in college and now he pastors one of the largest mega churches in the south.

God can do so much through our shortcomings, failures and imperfections.. As long as we hand them over to Him with a willing heart.

It’s not about us, it’s about Him.

The moment it becomes about us, I believe we lose the ability to do what He intended us to do.

When we go to pray so that we can get the glory for the miracle, it is no longer is about giving Him the glory.

The moment we go from serving others so that we can make it about them to, serving others for our own personal gain we lose a tremendous amount of blessing.

Be used by Him and for His glory today.

Don’t allow your feelings to get in the way.

No matter how unqualified you feel remember this:

God doesn’t just call the qualified, He qualifies the called. 

And that, my dear friend, is you.

Winter Always Changes Into Spring.

I was in the Chickfila drive thru, waiting to order a frosted coffee (you should try one if you haven’t yet), when I noticed a single rose-bush planted by the sidewalk.

Around me, it was a really rainy and gloomy day. Rain drops danced down my window and the skies were grey and dreary.. Yet, here was this rose-bush with a single, bright pink bloom in the middle of it.

I started thinking about the seasons and how they change. I started thinking about how summer always vanishes into fall and how winter always changes into spring. 

I also started to think about how we experience emotional seasons of life. We have summers, falls, winters and springs. Sometimes life is sunny and carefree and other times its mild with transitions. Sometimes our lives feel as dry, cold and dormant as the winter.. We feel so lonely and isolated that we can’t remember the last time we figuratively saw a ray of sunlight..

Maybe you’re in an emotional winter right now. You lost a job, relationship or loved one and that loss has left you feeling so helpless. Maybe you’re in what seems like a endless blizzard of problems, trials, and pain. Everyday seems like a struggle as you battle your sickness, anxiety, depression or feelings of incompetence.

You’ve felt stuck in this winter, this struggle, this season for so long that you see no hope in sight.

Looking back at the rose-bush, I had another thought. From where I was in my car, all I could see was the single rose blossom. Like I said in the beginning of this post there were rain drops on my windows and the lighting was dim. From that distant, blurry vantage I couldn’t see that the rose-bush was actually covered in rose buds! The closer I got to the bush, the more buds I saw.

Now going back to our emotional winters, often times our perception can be off. We can get so focused on our pain that we can’t perceive that our winter is almost over! That although the feelings of that season are still there, our circumstances are changing.

I was brought to Isaiah 43:19

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not perceive it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”


All around the rose-bush were the signs and conditions of winter, yet here it was blooming anyways.. Why??

Because winter ALWAYS changes to spring! Always, always, always!!

Be encouraged today!

You may not be able to see it or feel it, but your spring is coming. For all you know its already here, you just haven’t perceived it yet.

Spring is a season of new life, of growth, of color and joy.

What was dead, dormant, and lost in the winter is about to come back to life! God is going to do something new, He’s already begun!

Never forget that.

Never forget that God is always working things for good in your life.

Never forget that God loves you, cares about you, and is always doing something new.

He’s a God of restoration, revival and renewal.

Never forget that even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

And never, ever,  forget that winter always changes into spring.


After the Red X Fades.

Yesterday, as most of you saw on social media, was #ShineALightOnSlaveryDay.

For those of you who are not aware of what that is and managed to miss it, it is a movement initiated by the organization END IT  to raise awareness about human trafficking. (Read more about it here, enditmovement.com)

For me, it was really encouraging to see social media overflowing with red X’s and people sharing the overwhelming statistics about human trafficking. I volunteer for an organization that’s working to eradicate trafficking in India and have personally walked into a brothel there and met the men, women, and children who are daily affected by it. My heart broke to see the hundreds of women who day in and day out are treated like an object to be used. My reality was changed when I realized that the young children playing in the brothel alley, would someday (and that someday would be soon) be stripped of their innocence and take on the same life as their parents and probably their grand parents before them. The never ending cycle of abuse would continue, generations upon generations will keep living in that same run down brothel.. Unless, something is done about it. Oh, and the really sobering thing is, that was only one brothel.

 So now you understand why yesterday was encouraging for me. It was wonderful to see so many people take an interest in “ending it” and to see a “light shined on slavery”, but at the same time it was bittersweet.

It was bittersweet to see people so passionate about ending human trafficking yesterday, but knowing that most of them wouldn’t be today. They may entertain a passerby who inquires about the faded red X on their hands and share what they read about human trafficking to them, but it won’t go too far past that. You see today as all the red X’s of yesterday are fading, the deep dark mark of human trafficking is still present. There are still 45 million enslaved around the world and by the time you’re done reading this post depending on how fast you read 10-20 people have just been sold.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that yesterday and the awareness that came with it is great. Really, that is SO awesome that so many shared about human trafficking and that is so needed. But the thing is, to really “end it”, it’s going to take more than just a annual push of awareness.

 It is going to take everyone continuously raising their voice and lending their hands.

It’s going to take on going education and dedication to bring about total eradication.

 It’s going to take people finding their way to fight for the freedom of others long after the red X has faded.

 You might say, “Well Maggie that’s great and all, but how do I fight for freedom??”

I’m about to share with you 5 ways that you can fight for the freedom of others and I pray that each person who reads this will be inspired to take at least one point and do something with it. 

1.) Don’t stop with yesterday.   

 Like I said, raising awareness is SO needed. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” You would not imagine how many people genuinely do not know about human trafficking. Whether it be on a local or global scale, people need to know about it. The way for an issue of this magnitude to go away, the topic of it cannot fade. Maybe for you, its making a weekly or monthly effort to raise awareness. In this day and age our voice can travel around the globe thanks to social media. Set a reminder to make a post centered around the issue of human trafficking and post as often as you can on the issue. It does take more than awareness, but the continuation of raising awareness is an easy way to get involved with ending human trafficking,

2.) Educate.

“We are only as blind as we want to be.” -Maya Angelou

 Truly get educated about human trafficking. It touches many more industries than most realize. It touches the spa industry, it touches forced marriage, organ harvesting, surrogacy, pornography, forced agricultural labor, adoptions, child soldiers, begging, camel jockeys and so much more.

Here are some links to documentaries/videos to help educate you. Be warned once you see what is in these videos, you cannot unsee it. You cannot say that you didn’t know what was happening in the world around you or keep to the “ignorance is bliss” mentality. Evil, once truly acknowledged, demands a response.

It’s A Girl,

The Village of Stolen Kidneys,


The Innocent Casualties of India’s Surrogacy Industry,

Children for Sale,

Born Into Brothels,

Those are just a couple of documentaries out of hundreds.


You may not have to time to run an organization that works to end human trafficking, but there are others out there that do and they need your help!

It takes resources for anti-human trafficking organizations to do what they do. Checkout and maybe begin to support these organizations:

A21 Campaign,




Trafficking Hope,


Project Rescue,


IJM, http://www.ijm.org/give?c=if-freedom&gclid=CIC4_5b1lcsCFdgGgQodio8JkA

 And lastly the non-profit I volunteer for, Freedom Trade International,


4.) Make your purchases matter!

There is a really neat thing called a freedom business that you must know about! They are businesses that employ former trafficking victims and give them a dignified way to generate an income. I’m sure that there are a lot more than what I know of, but here are the ones that I buy from and support:

Sari Bari,


Sudara Goods,


Love Calcutta arts,


 Freeset Global,


Loyal Leather,


+ a few others I have yet to buy from but know about (some are freedom businesses, others donate their profits or a % of profits to anti-trafficking organizations.)..

Blushe Hair,

No-Kink Hair Ties

Legacy Candle Co.,


3 Strands Global,


& The Tote Project,


5.) Volunteer!

If the issue of human trafficking deeply affects you, then find a place where you can actively volunteer to change that issue. Maybe on a local spectrum or internationally, you can use your gift of freedom to fight for someone else’s! The organization I work for is constantly looking for new volunteers, so I am sure that the organizations listed above and the one’s that are around you are looking for volunteers too! Your skill set can be used in a variety of ways, from tech skills, to social media skills, photography, graphic design, and creative crafts skills! You are needed somewhere, because somewhere out there is a person trapped in human trafficking that is waiting for someone like you to come along and rescue them.

Slavery is real, but together we can end it.

In order for #ShineALightOnSlaveryDay to no longer be needed,

#ShineALightOnSlavery day must become everyday.

Until all are free, we must keep fighting and I hope this encouraged you to find your way to fight today.