Are You Guarding Your Heart or Just Plain Guarded?

Are you guarding your heart or are you just guarded? That's the question I felt God was asking me (and one I have to constantly ask myself). I had a history of being guarded in relationships, but now as a believer, I felt like I was doing what God had called me to do; guarding my heart because from it flows all the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). Was I experiencing spiritual growth or being led by my past experiences? How would I know the difference? Keep reading to find out....

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Why You Shouldn't Focus on growing UP?

While scrolling through Instagram a few days ago, I saw a post that said, ‘Grow Up.’ Though it was very cute, creative, and had plenty of likes, I started thinking about the pressure society places on us to grow…UP. From the day we’re born our lives and even our physical bodies are navigated in the direction of independence. Do you remember those "I'm A Big Kid Now," commercials? Though balanced with some dependence on our family, our prepubescent years are then filled with lessons on how to be mature, with hopes that we would someday be responsible adults; but, what if the focus of our lives isn’t centrally about growing up….

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Why I'm Not Waiting For My Husband?

I once heard a man say, “a beautiful wife doesn't keep a man from cheating, only thing that will keep a man from cheating is his love for God.” Interestingly, this is how I feel about waiting! What I believe this man was saying was true faithfulness is a characteristic of the heart rooted deeply in unwavering devotion. Similarly, in a world where many women aren’t necessarily sure when they’ll “jump the broom,” I’m convinced it must be that same form of devotion that would empower a woman to wait…to remain steadfast…to endure! I made this decision when I was an eighteen year old sophomore in college. Yes, high school and college, and now in my mid twenties, I am still committed to my decision to wait until marriage to have sex. And now more than ever, I am realizing this decision has more to do with my relationship with God than my relationship status.

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The Evolution of Cultivating Kerri

I am sooooo excited to present to you, Cultivating Kerri!. Cultivating Kerri is my life, it’s my mission, my passion, and my gift. It’s such a blessing to be able to share it with you. “Cultivate You!”  About four years ago, I heard these words very clearly as I prayed about my passions, career goals, and future. It was a word I didn’t frequently use so I knew it wasn’t something I thought of myself. It was implanted into my heart by God and I had no idea it would evolve into what it is now and what it will be in the future, but I am really excited!!

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Rediscovering Me: Confronting Insecurity

Someday I’d love to create a beautiful garden oasis in the backyard of my own home. The funny thing is, I don’t know much about gardening. I have never had a garden, nor did my parents have one in my home growing up. My dad did buy me a tomato plant once and I did my best to take care of it, but sadly it died after producing only a few tomatoes:( Often I hear those who garden talk about weeding—something that’s extremely important for the life of the garden, but a task that is not so fun for the gardener. If left unattended, weeds steal nutrients from plants, inhibiting them from reaching their full potential. I find that insecurities are much like weeds; they choke life out of us, killing our dreams and inhibiting us from becoming all that we are meant to be. These past couple months, I have been on a journey of rediscovering who I am. Let’s just say, I had to do some “weeding” in my own life. My insecurities had began to consume me. Now some might say, “that’s life, we all have insecurities.” And I would have to agree. Yes, we are all human and are susceptible to insecurity. However, there is a difference between having an insecurity and allowing your insecurity to have you. My insecurity had me!

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