Welcome to Thrive!

Are you a long-time Christian who is struggling with things that should be basic? Are you a brand-new Christian who has absolutely no idea where to start reading and studying your Bible? Are you discouraged with always feeling afraid, depressed, and overwhelmed?


Don’t worry! You’re in the right place if you’re wanting to do things like:

  • Finally get on top of your daily devotions with regular Bible reading and prayer habits
  • Understand your Bible and know how to properly apply what you learn to your own life
  • Know where to start and have a plan for your devotions
  • Get encouragement from another Christian who knows how life works and can offer practical advice
  • Live with purpose, face your fears, and rock your relationships

You should know that Thrive is a journey to freedom. It is my purpose to help you find yours. It is my job to help you along your journey by sharing what I've learned on mine.


This site is 100% dedicated to providing you with all the practical info, sneaky insider secrets, and heartfelt encouragement you need to thrive!


Whether you’re a brand-new Christian who is completely confused, or a seasoned veteran feeling frustrated, burned out, and a little bit lost, my goal is to help you find your footing, your faith, and your future.

No matter where you came from, or where you are right now:

  • It is possible for you to thrive in a vibrant Christian life
  • It is possible for you to understand what you read in your Bible and know how to apply it to your life
  • It is possible for you to be a leader in your family and community
  • It is possible for you to continue learning and growing for the rest of your life

And it is possible for you to start that process today.

So how did I get started doing this kind of hard-core encouragement?


Well, I've sort of always done it. As the oldest of 4 sisters, I’ve always been the one who listens to you, lets you cry on her shoulder, and gives you a kick in the rear when you need it. Now I’m a professional big sister (I even catch myself big-sistering older adults sometimes… oops).


At first, it was just my actual sisters, but then I started teaching piano lessons and I realized that I loved helping all kinds of people. I love being able to explain something in a new way and see people’s eyes light up when it finally makes sense to them.


I’ve taught piano for 6 years and am loving every minute of it. I also work as a professional pianist in my community, playing for weddings, funerals, graduations, and high-school productions. Making music is one of my favorite things to do. 🙂


But teaching piano got me wondering how I could help people with even more important things: things like their relationship with God, their devotional lives, and their everyday Christian lives.


I started Thrive in March of 2016 to help me do exactly that! I know that I feel much more balanced in every area of my life when my relationship with God is the way it should be. I want to help you get to that place too.


So here I am!


Now I’m running Thrive AND teaching piano (couldn’t give up my cute kiddos!). I still work as a professional pianist, but I also get to help people with the most important things in life. 


Thanks for being a part of Thrive!


If you have any questions, you can email me at thrivepurposefully@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


CHECK OUT SOME OF THE LATEST POSTS

  • Bible study mistakes are easy to make when you don't know what you're doing. Click through for a list of 5 things to keep an eye out for.
    5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When They Study the Bible
    Bible study is one of those things that can be awesome when it’s done right, and EXTREMELY confusing when done wrong. I know that when I’m not sure what I’m doing, I feel sort of guilty; like I’m fudging my way through. Most days, I’m positive that I’m making all the Bible study mistakes there are. I wonder if I’m hurting myself more than helping. Doctors warn against self-diagnosing, so am I doing the same thing to myself spiritually? 2016 has been a big year for me, especially in the area of Bible study. I’ve learned a lot, realized what I was doing wrong, and taken steps to correct it. As I thought about it, I wondered if maybe other people struggled with studying the Bible too. I certainly don’t want you to have to learn everything on your own if I can help you out a bit. Here are a few common Bible study mistakes that people make so you can be sure you’re not blundering into them yourself: Bible study mistake #1: They don’t do it. Duh. But seriously. If you never even try, you won’t learn anything at all. Maybe you won’t be amazing the first couple times, but that’s ok. If you start, God will help you get better. You just have to take the first step. Confucius said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You may feel like Bible study is definitely one of those thousand-mile deals, but you still need to take the first step and try. Bible study mistake #2: They study the way they watch TV. TV is great for flipping channels. The Bible is not. When you’re studying, you need to stick with something long enough to get the main themes and ideas. Don’t skip around, and please don’t pick a random verse. If you get bored quickly and flip over to a book written in an entirely different time period, of course it won’t make any sense! Hang out on the same passage for a while (like a month at a time) and dig around. Treasure is buried deep. Bible study mistake #3: They take it out of context. Urrgh! This drives me crazy! How in the world are you supposed to know what a verse means if you have no idea where it came from? Studying single verses isn’t a great idea because it doesn’t take into account the context around it. If you are going to focus on a single verse, at least read the chapters around it several times first. Context can also be found by reading a summary of the book, looking up the social customs of that time period, or reading other books by that author (if he wrote any other parts of the Bible). Bible study mistake #4: They don’t ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” It’s ok if you don’t know everything right now. Nobody does. Except God, that is. 😉 All you have to do is ask, and God Himself will help you understand what you’re studying. That’s why it’s called studying… because you’re learnin’ stuff. Ask God to teach you: He’s the one who knows what it’s all about in the first place. Bible study mistake #5: They get distracted by shiny stuff. < p style="margin-bottom: 60px !important;">Studying the Bible really doesn’t take all that much: just a Bible, a notebook, and a pen to begin with. But there are so many helpful things that totally distract us from what we’re trying to do. Whether it’s a “new” method of Bible journaling or a special new notebook (not that there’s anything wrong with notebooks… I have several 😉 ), there’s just a lot of potential for procrastination. You have to stick with the point. If you’re being wishy-washy and don’t really know for sure what you’re trying to do, it will be easy to get distracted by the shiny stuff. But if you know for sure what you’re after, those tools can be helpful instead of distracting. It just has to do with your focus. Your Bible study will be a whole lot more effective if you are not making these mistakes. Take stock of your Bible study habits. You need to check up on yourself regularly to make sure that you’re still headed in the right direction. Once you cut out all the extra stuff, you can have effective Bible study: you just have to be honest with yourself. Need some help staying motivated? Check out this post. Want to know exactly what Bible study is? Learn the definition of Bible study here. Interested in getting more tools to help you get better at reading and studying your Bible? Join 1,000+ others and get access to the Thrive Resource Library. It's chock-full of reading plans, schedules, and cheat sheets to help you build a balanced Christian life! Click here for access!
  • You know you should: but do you know WHY you should? Click through to find out 6 common-sense reasons why you should be studying the Bible.
    6 Reasons Why You Should Study the Bible
  • Understanding Bible structure is key to Bible study. Click through for a basic overview of the way the Bible is structured!
    Overview of Bible Structure: Bible Study Basics 101
  • Bible study can be frustrating, but it doesn't HAVE to be. Click through for a basic definition of Bible study so you know whether you're doing it right... and get access to a resource library chock-full of plans and cheat sheets to help you build a balanced Christian life!
    Definition of Bible Study: Bible Study Basics 101
  • Staying motivated is one of the biggest struggles you face with reading your Bible. Click through to find out the best strategies to overcome... and why the methods you're using are backfiring on you.
    How to Stay Motivated to Read the Bible (For Beginners)
  • The best Bible study tool is the Strong's Concordance>>Click through for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use it!
    How to Use the Strong’s Concordance: Bible Study Basics 101
    If you’ve been keeping up with this Bible Study Basics series, you probably noticed that I listed the Strong’s Concordance as one of the essential Bible study tools. (And if you haven’t been keeping up with it, you can catch up right here.) The Strong’s Concordance really is my go-to tool for so many different things related to Bible study because it has so many resources included...it’s not just a concordance! First of all, let’s define what a concordance is. A concordance is a complete list of words used in a book. (In this case, all the words used in the King James Version of the Bible.) This 500 page masterpiece was compiled by James Strong, LL.D. (Hence “strong’s” but don’t ask me what the LL.D. is for. 😉 Not only did Mr Strong list all the important words, he listed every. single. word. in the Bible (Even all the little words like “as,” “and,” and “us.”) This is why Strong’s Concordance can claim the title “Exhaustive Concordance.” How Strong’s concordance is set up: The first section is the main concordance. The list of words is filed alphabetically (just like a dictionary) but there are no definitions. The “context list” includes a portion of the verse around the word, the scripture reference, and a reference number to the Hebrew or Greek dictionaries so you can look up the meaning in the original language, in order from Genesis to Revelation. The second section is an appendix to the main concordance. This is where they filed all the teeny words that are in the Bible a bazillion times (words like “a,” “an,” “and,” or “you”). As the concordance itself says, “if the concordance were to quote in full the passages where these words appear, it would be necessary to reprint the entire Bible under each entry!” They saved a considerable amount of space and ink by consolidating it this way (and they still are “exhaustive” because they ARE in there. ;)) The third section is a dictionary of the Hebrew words found in the Bible. The words are in order Hebrew alphabetically, but they are all numbered so you can find them from the English section. It also includes a pronunciation guide (which is really handy for all us non-Hebrew scholars), the original meaning, and several synonyms to help you get a sense of it. The fourth section is the Greek dictionary, which includes all the amenities of the Hebrew dictionary. The fifth section includes several extremely valuable supplements: A collection of the subjects Jesus taught about and their references A table of weights and measures so you can figure out what in the world a homer is A “Universal Subject Guide” to the Bible which gives the most pertinent references for each subject and its applications. A harmony of the Gospels, which compares each gospel to the others so you can find which one tells about a certain event in Jesus’ life. A table of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ Lists of Jesus’ parables + miracles (and their references) Prayers found in the Bible, by who prayed them (and their references) An Old Testament Chronology, which gives the general dates for events and compares them to what was happening elsewhere at the same time. How to use the Strong’s Concordance 1. To look up a verse you can sort of quote, but can’t for the life of you remember the reference. This is mostly why I use it, to be honest. 😛 I can usually remember the basic word structure and the general meaning of a verse, but if I didn’t specifically memorize it, I don’t know the exact reference. Step 1. Decide which of the main words you’re going to look up first. This is where sort of having it memorized comes in handy. Generally speaking, you should pick one of the longer words (don’t pick “an”!) Step 2. Look up that word in the main concordance alphabetically. Step 3. If you can kind of remember where in the Bible the verse is (like Old or New Testament) skip straight to that section of references. Step 4. Read through the verse excerpts until you find the verse you’re looking for and check the reference. 2. To do a word study. Step 1. Look up the word you’re going to study. Step 2. Go to each of the references listed under that word and study them. 😉 Step 3. Look up the word or a related topic in the Universal Subject Guide in the back to add depth to your study. 3. To research the background of the original word in Greek or Hebrew. Sometimes it’s very interesting to understand which words were translated from which Greek or Hebrew words. Often you’ll find that under a specific word, the reference numbers to the dictionaries are all different, meaning that the English word we read in our Bible isn’t necessarily always the same Greek or Hebrew word. By looking up the original Greek and Hebrew, you can usually get a better idea of the sense of the word. Step 1. Look up the word you want in the main concordance. Step 2. If you’re researching the word in a specific verse, find that verse + reference. Step 3. Make a note of the dictionary reference number to the right of the reference. If the number is in regular type, it’s in the Hebrew dictionary: if it’s italicized, it’s in the Greek. Step 4. Go to the correct dictionary and find the reference number. (Obviously the entries are in numerical order, but there’s a lot on one page so keep an eye on the numbers at the top of the page. The first number is the first entry on the page, and the second is the last. If the number you’re looking for is between those two numbers, it's on that page.) There are more ways to use the Strong’s Concordance, but these are the best (and most simple). Click the button below to download a free cheat sheet you can print and keep with your Bible for handy reference!
  • How to interpret Biblical content doesn't have to be that confusing. The rules are actually quite simple. Click through to find out the 5 easy rules for interpreting the Bible!
    How to Interpret Biblical Content: Bible Study Basics 101
  • The Bible isn't so confusing when you know which genre the content belongs to. Click through to find out the 3 main genres of Bible content!
    Genres of Bible Content: Bible Study Basics 101