Encouraging and Empowering Others to Thrive with Jesus

Welcome to Encouragement in Daily Living: From Surviving to Thriving with Jesus. I am honored you are here and I believe it is not by accident. I started this website as a blog almost 6 years ago and honestly never imagined it would still be something I was doing in 2023. My day job is working with students who have dyslexia (or reading struggles), as well as consulting with parents who are looking for how to teach reading to their children.

Throughout my crazy and incredibly difficult life journey, which I’ve shared a lot of on the blog, I’ve come to discover what God lays on my heart for me to share resonates not just with trauma survivors, but with many people.

It is my prayer this site becomes one where I can enourage you, and share the writing I publish and speaking events where you can find me. My blog will continue, and this page will emcompass all things related to my writing and speaking.

If you found my site I do not have to tell you life is hard. I get it. I have been in some of the darkest times, and though I will never tell you I understand your circumstances, I do know hard and dark.

I have endured significant trauma, survived suicide, had significant losses of family members (not just to death, but because I stood on truth), and the loss of my career and job for a time to name just a few. I know depression and anxiety, and I know what it is like to try to navigate life with CPTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder). So, though I may not know your situation, I know hard.

However, it has been through the darkest times God has shown me His light and His love and I want to share this with you. I pray above all you find Him and His amazing love which never fails.

If you do not know Jesus please check out my tab on how to do this in the menu. It will change your entire life, and it is the one place you can find hope in this dark world.

Blessings to you,


“One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you’re going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.”  Anonymous

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

I truly believe we are all here for a purpose and the ultimate purpose being to serve God and bring others to Him. It’s my heartfelt prayer you are encouraged to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. To know He wants you to do so much more than just survive on this earth, but to thrive as you walk with Him.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV

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