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Blessings Abound! Am Featured On The LadyBoss Blogger Blog!

Recently, I was interviewed and featured on LadyBoss Blogger, a blog with an audience of more than 200K which seeks to help people, especially entrepreneurs, share their stories, and has the tagline, “Launch, Grow, And Monetize Your Blog And Instagram.” You can check out my LadyBoss Blogger feature “Christina Semmens Helps Women Say Yes To Holiness” Elaine Rau, the founder of LadyBoss Blogger, has a phenomenal backstory to how she came to be doing what she is doing today, and both of us are similarly passionate about the power of story and how sharing it with others is of vital […]

“Don’t Cling To Unforgiveness”–Brian Caley in Episode #50 Say Yes to Holiness Podcast 1 on 1 Interview

Greetings! Since we are in the midst of Lent, it’s probably appropriate to confess that I am WAY behind on getting out my latest 1 on 1 podcast interviews, but today begins my seeking to rectify that by sharing each of these wonderful interviews with you. The first conversation I have to share is one I had with Brian Caley of The Behold Project. Brian began The Behold Project as a way to help reduce the stigma of mental health issues and to raise awareness for Christians about those issues while seeking to create a space for those struggling with […]

My Gift To You On This 12th (and final!) Day of Christmas Is…

On this 12th day of Christmas, my gift to you are an assortment of resources, videos, blog posts, podcasts, and social media community links from the Say Yes to Holiness ministry. My hope is that they can help us be mindful of, and be entry points to dive deeper into understanding the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed–which the 12 drummers drumming represent in the Twelve Days of Christmas song. Those twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed are: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord Who was […]

My Gift To You On This 10th Day of Christmas…

On this 10th day of Christmas, my gift to you revolves around the Ten Lords a Leaping–who in the Twelve Days of Christmas song are representative of the Ten Commandments. In addition, I also have had the privilege of praying and working alongside members of a women’s religious community that is very near and dear to my heart–the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word (SSeW) who are located at Casa Maria Convent and Retreat House in Irondale, Alabama. The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word is a public association of the faithful founded by Mother Mary Gabriel Long in 1987. […]

My Gift To You On This 9th Day of Christmas…

On this 9th day of Christmas, which also happens to be a First Saturday, the gifts I have for you are inspired by both our Lady, Mary, Mother of God, and the Nine Ladies Dancing–who in the Twelve Days of Christmas song are representative of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. So, my 9 gifts to you are: Say Yes to Holiness blog post about Blythe Kaufman and her new book, Child Consecration to Jesus Through Mary 2. Interview with Blythe Kaufman, Founder of the Children’s Rosary Movement Say Yes to Holiness YouTube Video 3. The Children’s Rosary Movement’s PDF […]

Direct Order from Saint Pope John Paul II Results in Decades of Books and Work for Monica McConkey—Say Yes to Holiness Podcast 1 on 1 Conversation

Monica McConkey and I have been crossing paths for the last five years–even though we weren’t aware of it until about a year ago! But God finally gave us occasion to connect, and the result has been a great joy as we have each discovered many common interests–both of us are wives, moms and authors, and we also each have the desire to serve God as best we can in the vineyard. For Monica, in addition to being wife and mom of 5 kids, she is also a designer, an architecture school survivor, and a crafter. She and her husband […]

“Enduring COVID and Practicing the Presence of God”

My husband woke up not feeling well with a pounding headache, low fever, and tiredness and simply thought he had a sinus infection. Two days later, I felt like I had a sore throat coming on and then woke up feeling like I had gotten run over by a bus. We went to the doctor to be tested, and then received the results that no one wants to hear right now—we were COVID positive. And so, our six-week journey of enduring COVID-19 began. And I say endure, because enduring truly was our experience. For me, I ran a low-grade fever […]

Listen. Learn. Love. Live. The 4 Keys to Faith and Life.

Here is my weekly recorded YouTube video for all of you as I continue to build up my YouTube Channel until I have 1000 subscribers. (Now up to 43, so thank you to those who subscribed this week–only another 957 to go!) This is the next video in the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series where I focus upon the four keys to to finding faith and in life. . This time, I share about the importance of practicing 4 habits–listening, learning, loving and living. These are intricately tied to being able to know, love, and serve God, but […]

Ford v Ferrari And The Precious Few Driven To Do Something

In the last couple of months, the film Ford v Ferrari has been playing frequently on HBO. For those who are unfamiliar, Ford v Ferrari follows the story of a determined team of American and British engineers and designers, led by automotive designer Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. I was excited to […]

“History Has Its Eyes On You”–Hamilton-Inspired Observations For the Journey Towards Holiness

One positive of still recovering from COVID was the opportunity to watch the Broadway play, now turned movie, Hamilton: An American Musical, at two different points over the holiday weekend. I first had the privilege two summers ago in Atlanta when the Broadway show went on the road, and just like when I experienced it live, the movie of the taped musical was just as powerful. For those of you who might have missed all the theatrical hubbub over the last four years, Hamilton tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Wikipedia adds that the play was inspired by the […]