I’m not optimizing my Kingdom vision when…

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I choose to go my way. In my previous post, I defined Kingdom Vision as the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. When I set myself up for positions in which I am choosing God first, I am putting the Kingdom first as well. But when I choose the easy way out, my way, I’m forcing God to take a back seat on his own plan.

Imagine mapping out an intricate scavenger hunt. You specifically decide where the user will stop, what they will find, and the optimum path for them to get to each target. Now imagine going on this hunt with a player who decides to throw out your entire map and just wing it. How frustrated would you be? You spent hours finding the best path from point A to B, but the player thinks they’re smarter than the designer and messes everything up.

In life, God is the designer and we are the players who ignore the map. Our objective is to get from treasure to treasure our way. It doesn’t matter that our way may set us back years or make us miserable and lonely at times. To us, the path doesn’t matter. To God, the journey means everything.

Every step along the way, God puts us in situations to be molded and transformed to look more like Jesus. Each windy road collides us with people who challenge our character but also allow us to grow in our faith. Now, I’m no perfect follower. Many times, I see the treasure and sprint through a short cut. And in those moments, God takes that time to show me over and over again the vision for my life and His Kingdom.

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To me, Kingdom Vision means…

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the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Long before the creation, God mapped out individual plans for all of our lives. He created an intricate design of what our lives should look like. Then, He gave us the free will to choose to follow Him.

A Kingdom vision to me is living for God’s purpose. When I choose to follow Him and the ideal path He created, I am walking with the intention of prospering the Kingdom of God and helping others find Him along the way. A Kingdom vision is selfless. It’s about surrendering and putting God’s needs first. It’s about choosing to go where God calls you instead of staying where it’s comfortable.

Keeping a Kingdom vision at the forefront of my decisions means that I am constantly asking myself, how will this help God? How can my everyday interactions lead others back to God? How can my lifestyle show what God has done for me?

At first, the concept of a Kingdom vision seems daunting. But when you’re living for God, it becomes simple. As we’ve been discussing at my church, our purpose is to first love God, second love others and third make disciples that make disciples. Everything we are called to do grows God’s kingdom in so many ways.

Mark Lewis does a great job at breaking down even more of what Kingdom Vision is. Checkout his post here. 

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An aspect God has revealed to me about living boldly is…

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sharing the gospel and my life with more people. When I was going to UNLV, it was easy to walk up to a stranger and invite them to bible talk. I didn’t think twice about asking my classmates or sorority sisters to a volleyball or sports night.

As I graduated and moved into the working world, religion at work almost felt taboo. So many people I’ve worked around live lives completely opposite of a disciple. It’s uncomfortable to sit in a conversation and feel isolated because I cannot relate to their wild lifestyle. Although rebuking in those moments isn’t the right decision, I struggle with trying to find the right place and time to share the word.

One new married couple at my church gave a great example of how they are reaching out and sharing the word. In their neighborhood, they’ve made a deliberate decision to get to know their neighbors and invite them over to dinner. By sharing a simple meal, the couple had the ability to talk about their story and how God brought them together.

Now in Las Vegas, getting to know your neighbors is almost nonexistent. You may offer a wave here and there but block parties are a thing of the past. This couple’s boldness to break those barriers has inspired me to invite more people to do life with my husband and I. We may not agree with every lifestyle choice they make, but that’s for God to judge not us. The more opportunities we have to physically show our scars and how God has healed them, the more opportunities we give to God to bring them home.

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I can begin to live more boldly by…

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“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7

In my walk with Christ, my boldness and confidence can be like a rollercoaster. Sometimes I feel so on fire I can’t contain myself. I can walk up to anyone anywhere and share the good news. Some days it’s easy to be an ambassador for God.

But then, there are the difficult days. Those are the days when I’m afraid to read my bible in public. Those are the conversations where I doubt all of my biblical knowledge. But as the scripture reads above, God did not put a spirit of fear in me but he gave me a powerful ally in the Holy Spirit to speak and act boldly.

I can live more boldly by throwing out fear, timidity and self-reliance. My boldness does not come from my own strength, but comes from the all-powerful Alpha Omega. I can share my faith more. I can stand up for what is right. I can choose to love other above all else.

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

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Baby’s First Image Las Vegas

3D and 4D ultrasounds are such an awesome experience to have during pregnancy. With so many places to choose from in town, it’s hard to decide which studio is right for you. I was able to visit two different offices, one in Henderson and one in Summerlin, and I would highly recommend Baby’s First Image.

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Baby’s First Image 3D/4D Studio is located at Russell and Forte Apache, just off the 215. The studio has one tech, Maria, who has been with the company for several years. My family first met her when my sister was pregnant with her now 3-year-old son!

Maria warmly welcomed us into the comfortable studio. The lobby is small, just big enough for a large family to wait, but the viewing room was enormous! There was a large wrap-around couch and multiple comfy chairs for family and friends to watch your baby on the big screen.

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If your baby is anything like mine, it may take a while to get them to show their face. My little guy kept hiding his chubby cheeks behind his hands and feet. However, Maria was very patient and coaxed him to move a bit and  was able to show us his whole face.

The main packages offered at the studio include printed photos or a photo cd. Since my baby wasn’t photogenic the entire time, Maria offered to give us four printed photos and over 70 digital images on a cd without any extra charge! My husband and I didn’t miss out on any snapshots.  We even got to take group and individual photos.

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Every customer also receives a mommy package filled with coupons and samples of formula. If you’re looking for an amazing studio to get your 3D/4D photos, I highly recommend Baby’s First Image.


A Necessary Evil Book Review


Wonderful World of BreeA Necessary Evil  can be categorized as a modern thriller with twists around every corner. The story is told by a handful of characters whose relationships intertwine in very unpredictable ways. Each chapter is written in the perspective of a key character in the story, beginning with Collin, the assumed biggest sociopath and serial killer in the book.

Author, Christina Kaye, throws her readers into the mind of psychopath from page one. Collin begins the book with his final stalking and kidnapping of 19-year-old Mollie. Kaye allows him to describe his devilish 30-year plan to get revenge on the murder of his late, also serial killer and psychopath, father.

Every decisions Collin makes prior to the story beginning draws a parallel to the disturbing life his father lived. Both men stalked pretty young girls, kidnapped, raped and then murdered them. It’s unclear where they bodies were disposed of except for the one victim that ties every character together, Addie.

In 1977, Collin’s father, Julian, kidnapped Addie – twin sister to Detective Kurt Jamison and girlfriend to Franklin Cartwright (Mollie’s gangster grandfather). In response to this gruesome murder, Franklin Cartwright spends over a year tracking down Julian, torturing and murdering him for the death of his girlfriend (whom we find out later was secretly pregnant) and robbing Julian’s newborn son of his father. A pretty heavy story so far for a less than 300 page book, right?

This murder, over 30 years, is the center point for the entire store. 50 percent of the story is told underground where Collin has Mollie held captive and chained to wall. The other 50 is split between Franklin and Kurt trying to beat each other to Mollie. The competition between those to is so fierce because prior to Addie’s murder, they considered themselves blood brothers. After her death however, Franklin chose the crime filled dark side and Kurt joined the Army and then the police force. Their entire relationship is a comparison of good vs. evil.

Eventually, which the reader expects, Franklin finds his granddaughter and holds Collin hostage to await a trail by his criminal peers and innocent Mollie is returned to her distraught mother. Up to this point in the story, Collin is presented as a complete monster – stalking, kidnapping and killing young women for the sake of preparing for his big date with Mollie. At some point, you start to feel sorry for this guy as he openly shares about his tormented childhood and Daddy issues. Mollie, who also grew up without a father, is seen as the bastard child who chose the right path and suffered love and loss at no fault of her own.

Since the capture of Collin and release of Mollie, the suspense has been building. Kurt is desperately trying to track down Franklin before he kills Collin; Collin is attempting to escape, and Franklin is having a field day allowing his cronies to decide whether Collin will be drugged, burned or mutilated to death.

All characters come together in an epic death scene when Kurt figures out that Franklin is holding Collin hostage on an old farm owned by Franklin’s ex-wife. Franklin’s team decides to drug Collin, eliminating the function of his body, and then burn him alive. Unfortunately, the evil genius doctor overdoses Collin causing him to seize and die.

At that moment, Kurt bursts into the room “catching” Franklin in the act (clean knife in hand) and attempted to put him under arrest. Both men are described as well past middle-aged so it’s easy to image two grandpas trying to tackle each other to the ground. Kurt seems to have the upper hand, then BANG! He’s shot and killed by the biggest master character of all, Mollie.

At this point, I was completely confused. Mollie’s character had been presented as childlike and innocent – not a murder.  The final chapter gives some clarity on this shocking turn of events. Kurt’s partner, Lonnie, finishes up the book with Kurt’s funeral and the discovery of Mollie’s confiscated diary. After looking through just a few pages, Lonnie discovers that Mollie is no angel at all, but fits right into her crime family.

Lonnie reads a page from the anniversary of her late boyfriend, Dalton’s, death, whom we are told in the beginning of the story committed suicide. Mollie admits on these private pages that she shot Dalton in the head for cheating on her and somehow managed to convince everyone it was suicide. Lonnie even continues to find out she was not naive to her grandfathers line of work as we all assumed. Mollie paints the real picture of her hidden dark side, even down to killing innocent animals her mother keeps buying her.

Reading these words was the biggest twist of them all. I was completely caught of guard and left speechless. Those entire 200+ pages I thought I had this story and characters figured out, but really had clue how it all would end.

After reflecting back on this full story, I believe I can see the major theme. Everyone has skeletons in their closest and will do just about anything to protect them.

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Christina Kaye released her latest book, A Necessary Evil, December 2017 and I was privileged enough to read her latest work. Her previous work, Like Father, Like Daughter, was named Suspense Finalist for the Indie Excellence Awards.

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Smokey Turns 5!

Wonderful World of BreeBirthday’s are important, even if you’re a dog. Mr. Smokey Robinson, my adopted fur son, is celebrated his 5th birthday!

You may have read his adoption story and know that it’s been almost a full year since he joined my little family. I still can’t believe it took four years to find him and I want to spoil him on his special day.

I don’t know if little Smokey has ever celebrated a birthday. I’m not sure it crossed his mind that he’d make it past a few years old. He’s previous life in California is a mystery. My husband and I like to joke that he’s a retired gangster and his street name was Denesious. (He’s shelter name was Denise and the story spurred from there.)

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Even though I can only imagine Smokey’s previous life, I am treating every holiday and celebration like it’s his first. He’s brought such happiness to my husband and I and of course his fur sister, Fiona, and I know our little baby will love him just as much as we do.

Choosing to adopt Smokey not only gave him a second chance at furever, it gave us, as a family, the ability to stand up for those that can’t speak for themselves. Pet’s of all species are such a blessing. They really are little people that leave prints on our hearts.


If you’re considering adding a furry, feathered or scaled member to your family, considering adopting a homeless pet. There are organizations all around Las Vegas and across the country that have loving animals waiting for their chance to go home. You can read more about why adopting is so important here.

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Get into the Twilight Zone at Bally’s

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

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If you haven’t taken a trip to Bally’s Las Vegas in a while, you’re missing out. In December of 2017, Bally’s opened Twilight Zone Mini Golf. Located downstairs near the Bodies Exhibit, this 18-hole course bring to life the most popular Twilight Zone episodes as well as a small arcade with miniature bowling.

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For only $11.95 a person, fans of all ages are transported to the fifth dimension from 10AM – Midnight daily. Players begin their journey through the Door to Nowhere and meander through the Twilight Zone.

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One of the most popular episodes, “Time Enough at Last,” has a custom-built hole modeling the library stone steps Henri Bemus stacks books on prior to breaking his glasses. I even achieved a hole-in-one on this hole!

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Each hole allows you five chances before requiring you to move one. If players choose to keep score, the employee at the end will tell them which character they are. If you score high enough like I did, you’ll receive a FREE invitation to come back and try again.

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Twilight Zone Mini Golf is owned and operated by Monster Mini Golf – the company that has also built Kiss Mini Golf currently residing at the Rio Las Vegas. Checkout the Las Vegas Review Journal’s coverage during opening here.

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Gender Reveal Photo Ideas

Oh BOY was this holiday season a surprise. My husband and I found out our little bundle of joy is a bouncing baby boy! Alejandro Clemente (a.k.a. AC) will soon be revealing himself to the world in just a few short months. In honor of this beautiful miracle, we had to plan some amazing reveal photos.

For this shoot, I ordered blue smoke bombs from Gender Reveal Co. and headed to Red Rock Canyon to light them up. Each tube lasts about 80 seconds and created a picture perfect background. We also brought some confetti and balloons to experiment with on a few other photos. All photos were taken by the talented Jesse Sutherland. (Follow his IG here.)

Red Rock was such a great choice for photos. We set-up in Calico Basin which is free to the public! We had plenty of space to spread out and take photos on the boardwalk, near a trail or just in an open area.

First we started with the balloons. The wind was pretty crazy so battling the elements and trying to make balloons behave was a challenge. Nevertheless, Jesse captured an amazing photo.

Jesse came prepared with some launching blue streamers and fun confetti.

At one point the confetti actually blew back in my face. I wouldn’t recommend this piece on a breezy day.

My all time favorite photos of the shoot were the smoke bomb images. Once again, wind wasn’t exactly on our side so some poses didn’t work. But I the ones we did get are frame worthy.

Any moms out there do some creative gender reveals?

Easy Puerto Rican Rice

This year, I’ve been getting more adventurous with my recipes. I’ve tried to incorporate some new Mexican inspired dishes, especially since that’s my pregnancy craving, and now I’m moving on to Puerto Rican dishes.

I love traditional Puerto Rican rice but have never dared to make it myself. I’ve helped my sister-in-law or jumped for joy at a restaurant that actually carries it. This Christmas holiday, I got brave and realized making my favorite rice was actually less scary than I expected. So here’s the recipe to try in your home!

Prep Time: 20 Min.

Cook Time: 40 Min.



  • 3 cups medium or long grain white rice, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large tablespoons sofrito
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 can gandules (pigeon peas), partially drained
  • 2 tablespoons alcaparrado
  • 1 packet Sazón with Achiote
  • 1/2 packet ham flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon adobo
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups hot water

Get cookin! 

1. First, rinse rice with water and set aside. We’ll add this into our pot later.

2. In a large pot (about 6 quarts), heat oil and mix in sofrito until it’s soft. Pour in tomato sauce and simmer on low for 2 minutes. Stir in additional ingredients: gandules, alcaparrado, all spices and 4 cups of water. Stir and taste. You may need to adjust some of the seasonings to add more flavor. You want the broth to be heavily seasoned and a little salty.


3. Bring broth to a boil, add rice and stir. Make sure the rice is covered by 1 inch of          water. (Add in a bit more water if needed.) Reduce heat to low and let the rice absorb the broth. Stir occasionally.

4. Mound rice towards center of pot, top with foil and cover. Drop heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Stir by folding rice from the bottom up. Cook for another 20 minutes and check to make sure rice is tender. Depending on your stove and pot, you may need to cook a little longer.


Serve hot and enjoy!