Addis Adventures, Business Building, Faith, Family, Virtual Assisting, Work From Home

Spiritual Success Requires Commitment to God

Success tends to be something our flesh chases. Isn’t it crazy how we tend to spend SO much time learning all the things and putting all of our might towards building a business? Often times we spend SO much time on our goals, that we “run out” of time to spend with God or others.

Trust me, I know. I’ve been there. I’ve made the mistake of chasing success over chasing my God, and I paid the price royally. I fell into major depression and experienced anxiety like never before. What’s crazy is that during the time of focusing on nothing but building a business (without God the center no less), that was the brokest my husband and I had EVER BEEN!!!! Seriously. The brokest!!!! The kind of broke where our hot water was turned off, and we were struggling to get money together to buy bread. It was awful. I blamed it on, “that’s just how it is when you’re first starting out.” Maybe that was half true, but I knew deep down it was because we were out of alignment with God’s word. We weren’t in relationship with Him like we should have been. We were focusing on success and not on seeking first the Kingdom of God. I knew deep down, our blessings were running dry because our passion for God had.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

I knew we had to stop, repent, surrender, & submit.

It was when we finally reversed and redirected our focus that things started falling back into place. Our commitments shifted from committed to ourselves and our worldly success back to being committed to seeking first the Kingdom of God. This was when spiritual success started to manifest in our lives. We started seeing God’s hand work again in our lives. We stopped being stressed and feeling anxious, and started feeling peace and joy again.

Committed to God and His truths will always be the right path. Commitment to what is right helps us to serve others with a pure heart. I love how Matthew 6:33 tells us that “ALL these things will given to you.” It’s such a reminder that when we seek HIM first, our reliance is solely on the ONE who can and WILL take care of us. He will give us all that we need when we need it.

I know building a business requires hard work, and we should work hard. BUT, anything and everything we do should always be Kingdom focused. That’s the only success that matters. Stay prayed up, focus first on God, & let’s DO THIS Y’ALL!!!!!!



Addis Adventures, Faith, Family, Grief, Holly Tacos, Mistletoe Ferdenand, Mistletoe Hymn

Bouncing Back From a Grieving Season

What a year this has been for so many of us. The pandemic hit what seemed LIKE IMMEDIATELY after the new year started, and we have all been left in a perpetual state of uncertainty ever since. Although this year has been filled with so much sickness and loss, it hasn’t all been bad for the Addis Clan.

When the pandemic hit, I was asked to guest teach some of my favorite kiddos on this earth! That was a lot of fun! We talked about the Proverbs of the day and their responses to scripture blew me away – they are wise above their years that’s for sure! Love these kiddos so much!

Darin and I moved in to our new place and THAT has been a blast! We love our new humble abode and have truly enjoyed it so far!

I’ll get pictures of the new place at some point haha…..

Our sweet cousin nephew graduated from high school! What a blast his celebration was. We had spent months quarantined from one another, that it was nice to gather and celebrate with family!

AND Mistletoe and Holly had pups!!! Oh, what a season that was!! She gave birth to ten sweet puppies, sadly one of them did not make it. We named her Summer and buried her under a tree in our backyard. Sweet Summer broke our hearts when she didn’t make it. Seven of these sweet guys went to AMAZING homes and I’m so thankful that I hear from the new owners often. Yes, two of them stayed with us and it has been SO MUCH fun watching Mistletoe and Holly have a little sweet family. It really has been fascinating! BUT WHAT DID WE GET OURSELVES INTO!?!? FOUR giant dogs now! UGH, Lord help us! And NO MORE DOGS…….. I still want a CAT!

Last but not least, we FINALLY officially launched Egret.Work! If you are a mama or a woman wanting to work from home, you have got to check us out!

So, as you can see, God has been SO amazing during this crazy season. I’ve been on a journey of grieving my dad and praying for our country. Even though so much has seemed heavy this year, God has BEEN SO GOOD…….But that is who He is. Is it not? He’s SO full of love and grace, even in our darkest of seasons! And this season, this year……hasn’t been the brightest of years. BUT… His infinite goodness, He somehow always seems to make it feel like it could possibly be one of the best years yet. I honestly can’t get over this about Him. How He makes everyday new. How He overwhelms us with NEW mercies every single morning! How His love shines through the cloudiest of days.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

Psalm 34:17 says it all y’all! He delivers us. He meets us where we are and brings HIS Heaven onto our earth! Every day, I thank Him for the beauty He bestows upon me every single day. This year hit hard for so many. If you are reading this and you feel alone and wonder if God sees you……. please do know, the He hears you, but not only does He HEAR you….but He DELIVERS you.

I feel like I’m finally stepping out of the grieving season. My heart still hurts. I’m sure I’ll still have days where the loss of my dad hits me like a ton of bricks. Just like I still have days where the losses of our sweet babies we miscarried hits me into next week. But, the grief…..the heavy heavy grief isn’t no where near as bad. I now am able to wake up and embrace the new mercies instead of laying in bed spending moments digging deep inside trying to find those new mercies I knew God gifted me with that day. They were always there, just buried deep deep down inside the broken pieces of my heart. Grief does that, right? It tries to steal your joy, your peace, your new mercies…… just know, that’s not God. God is the one next to you reminding you of love, of His grace, His blessings. That FIGHT that is still in you fighting to get through the day, even with that heaviness weighing on you so heavily, that’s GOD fighting FOR YOU and WITH YOU!

Grief doesn’t have a calendar. You can’t schedule it. You can’t pencil it in to your day. Sometimes it comes out of no where and knocks you off your feet. It’s okay. Go with it. Feel it. Embrace it. MOST IMPORTANTLY, invite God into it with you! Don’t go through grief alone! Know that it doesn’t last forever, and that God wants to see you through to the other side. Do at least one thing normal every day, until you are finally living life again. God knows your heart. He knows your pain. He also knows YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THIS! I promise you! HE promises you!

Grief doesn’t have a calendar. You can’t schedule it. You can’t pencil it in to your day. Sometimes it comes out of no where and hits you like a ton of bricks.

Spend time with God today. Trust Him with your broken heart. Whether it’s the loss of a parent, or the loss of a child or pregnancy, or the loss of a relationship or a job. Grief finds us all at some point in our lives. Nobody is exempt from it. BUT God will meet you right where you are with all of your sorrow. He won’t let you go through it alone!

I’m praying for you! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like me to pray with you!