Am I the only that didn't jump on the "one word for the year" bandwagon for the last 6 or so years? I'll admit, I do jump on trends often. I mean, hello, Instant Pot for Christmas: I got curious, saw it everywhere, and gave in. However, this whole idea of no resolutions and one word, eh... it seemed "overly spiritualized" at first to me. But apparently, this entire "pick one word" thing...Read More
The Crystal Lee Williams blog was nominated for the Liebster Award! Many don't know that I've been blogging for 7 years!!! That's insane. All in all, life with God inspires me to blog, documenting every...Read More
Scripture reading: Luke 4:14-19 | Matthew 6:9-14
It's often said in Christian lingo that we live between two advents. The first, being Christ's birth, already happened. The second, his return, we still wait on. But never in vain. For he has proven himself faithful once before and he will do it again.
Suprise! The Williams (finally) took family photos! And we're so glad we did. Family portraits don't have to be complicated or perfectly staged. They just need to happen. And I'm going to tell you why!
I'm a finisher of 2 half marathons and you know what I realized? This is a sport that almost anyone can participate in. And I'm not over exaggerating. If you have always wanted to be a "runner" and/or complete a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon? Guess what. You can! Here's how...Read More
Surely I'm not the only gal that checks the weather app when she wakes up, smiles with glee when she sees 57 degrees under her hometown's name but then instantly dreads the 86 degrees that await from 1 - 4 pm that same day. So, I decided my closet needed some pieces that work well during the months of the year where the south (Houston, Texas - specifically for me) is still deciding if it'll be hot or cold.Read More
Here we are! At the final post of my Leading Women blog series. Thanks for all your encouraging feed back. I've enjoyed sharing on this topic, so let jump right in!
Discipleship (or mentorship) is embedded into the structure of my local church. Christ’s Mercy Church, the church my husband and I planted in Katy, has three core values: Community, Transparency and Discipleship. Discipleship can only happen when one lives transparently in community with others.
About 6 years ago I took a chance. This leap of faith led to something greater than I could have imagined. It was a Wednesday night, the exact date, I can't recall. But what I do remember is this: I heard the voice of God as clear as day while in the worship portion of a Wednesday night service at the church I attended in college. In the middle of the third song, I heard God say:Read More
I don't think I've shared about this with y’all, yet. Which baffles me because it's been such a huge part of my life over the past 3 years. Or so I thought. Because as I looked back, I realized this has been infused in my life for well over a decade. I believe every woman wants to be led, and some women, in return, want to lead others.Read More
...on August 19th, I turned 27. And let me tell you, I can feel 30 creeping closer and closer. With that said, I've decided to begin collecting some of the lessons I've been learning in my 20s. Here are 27 lessons I've learned so far (which I encourage you to embrace) and here's to many more...
*raises her glass of Rose Lemonade and takes a sip*
Anyone within the hurricane's radar did this. I'm sure of it. You and your friends, or you and your loved ones decided to do this to ensure that everyone was safe. Whether it lasted one day or endured throughout the duration of Hurricane Harvey and even going strong now as some are starting to (literally) place their feet on solid ground again. I'm positive that most of us at some point...Read More
I am more than happy to share my recommended list of must-dos while in New Orleans, Louisiana. Note: Prior to this trip, my assumptions of NOLA all came from Princess and the Frog. Thank you, Disney.
Here are three things you must do while in New Orleans:
This time last week I was on my couch watching Moana. For the first time ever. I know, I know... you mommies out there probably have it memorized and wonder how on earth I've gone nearly a year without watching it or downloading How Far I'll Go on to my phone when you've done all you can to escape the seemingly never ending Moana phase to no avail. I have no littles. I guess that's how. *shrugs shoulders* I bring that up because...Read More
You'd be naive to think pastors don't lose their cool. Or that they don't have heated discussions with their wives from time to time. And even more naive to think they are perfect and their marriage is 100% error proof. Newsflash - we argue. We get upset, angry and discuss. We discuss a lot. Here are my tips to avoid disputes when change comes:Read More
I can't start this blog post off without saying it...
so, imagine me in front of you doing a happy dance as I shout:
WELCOME TO MY NEW WEBSITE!!! (Cue the fireworks!)
I recently went on FB Live to share the news of this website launch, speaking opportunities and my dream to write a book! To share such news is freeing. It is also scary! I've kept this desire to myself for almost a year. Telling no one about it until someone brought it up with the statement...
We aren't the best at this. We meaning you. We meaning me, too. Christians. Non-Christians. Young people. Older people. Males. Females.
We often fail to be h o n e s t.
Recently, I had a friend approach me to ask me for help....Read More
This isn't a serious or deep "5 Secrets to a Godly Marriage" blog post. It's simple and relaxed. Not to mention, it's from the perspective of two young adults that fell in love and said "I do" not that long ago. Marriage teaches you things. And here are just but a few things of what my husband and I have learned so far...Read More
It's March. Two years ago this month I started this blog. In many ways - I have fallen short since then. In many ways - I have celebrated numerous victories since then! Big and small.So, I dare say it again: it's March. Let's bring up those New Year Resolutions...Read More
Let's talk about waiting, because we all do it. Sometimes waiting isn't that bad, right? You really want that top that goes well with those jeans in your closet, so you willingly wait in the long line at Old Navy to purchase said top. You are surrounded by others who are clearly okay with the wait too as they also have found an item they can't leave the store without. Or you really need that cup of joe to energize you before your 8 a.m. meeting so the wait at the Starbucks drive-thru line is worth it as long as the caramel macchiato with 2 extra shots of expresso gets in your hands just like you ordered it.....Read More
Am I the only one who thought Christmas Day felt... weird? It was HOT. We winged it. It was far from 'traditional'. Our Christmas Lunch was re-heated leftovers. Decorations were scarese. And our house STILL smells like smoke. Gross. (Keep reading for full story.) 7:30 am came quick on Christmas Day after staying up with my family for Christmas Eve and opening presents. As you know, Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, of course, and a church service was to be had! Sundays are work days. Though with great joy we gladly serve the Lord each Sunday and don't look at it as our "job" but as a privilege, it still technically is...Read More