Shelly Calcagno Articles

The One Grace-Filled Gift You Can Give Yourself This Christmas

It's the first snowfall of the year tonight and as I look outside, it's a picture of perfection. All that white pure...
Practical Tips for Slowing Down Your Chaotic Life

Practical Tips for Slowing Down Your Chaotic Life

Last week, I decided to do some baking on my day off. I grabbed the pile of bowls in the cupboard and instead of taking out a couple at a time, I went for the whole stack. As a result, the heavy glass one at the bottom got away from me and crashed down on my little...

4 Little Words That Stopped This Mom Cold

4 Little Words That Stopped This Mom Cold

I made a commitment to myself when I became a mom that I would not pass on my insecurities to my children, that I would keep all the struggles and self-esteem issues I faced most of my life to myself. I always heard that kids would become what they saw in their...

Breaking Down the Restricting Walls of Your Bento-Box Life

Breaking Down the Restricting Walls of Your Bento-Box Life

There are these super adorable little lunch revolution products called Bento Boxes. They keep your food in perfectly neat compartments, like a dream. Your own healthy stainless steel lunchable that can be reused over and over again, and filled with creative and...

Lessons in Legacy From a Surprising Source

Lessons in Legacy From a Surprising Source

I was having a pretty good morning. You know, I liked my outfit. I felt pretty pulled together. I even preplanned my day and remembered to bring a lunch to work.I was ready.Let's Do ThisI led my first meeting for a summer program, it went well and the team seemed...

Scripture’s Antidote for Heart-Crushing Rejection

Scripture’s Antidote for Heart-Crushing Rejection

It feels like the little sting you get pulling a big prickly weed out of the garden with dollar-store gloves.Other times it comes as a deep-down pang. Your heart dropping three stories in a freefall that lands somewhere in your gut.It's buried deep.It rises...

Demolish Despair With This Truthful Decree

Demolish Despair With This Truthful Decree

We can do hard things.This was a little message that I sent to a coworker a few weeks ago. We were visiting someone at the hospital and had taken separate cars. As we left, we realized we both had the same fear of trying to get out of the parking lot. You...

Holy Spirit’s Answer When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

Holy Spirit’s Answer When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

I'm doing the best that I can.Those seven words strung together created a little phrase that I started using in the past year. I like to put lots of pressure on myself to be Superwoman, have a perfect house, healthy meals, an immaculate lawn, make...

Embracing Your Season Before It’s Too Late

Embracing Your Season Before It’s Too Late

Recently on vacation, while our family was beautifully unplugged from the world, my son asked me a question I had never considered."Did you know the last time that you held me when I was little would be the last time?"His words blew my mind....

This Prevalent Lie Feeds the Stronghold of Rejection

This Prevalent Lie Feeds the Stronghold of Rejection

This place was my favorite place. The old house that told many stories through all its creaks, secret doors and peeling layers of wallpaper.A little bit scary, but mostly awesome.I'm affected by the visual, and I like to imagine.This was a great house for me.My...

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