In the best possible way, Jesus has been wrecking me lately. I am not someone who usually cries at the drop of a hat. I'm the kind of person who will bite the inside of my cheek before I let a tear fall willfully, and I especially don't like others to witness me crying. But [...]
God speaks to me through written word. Through reading the Bible and journaling my thoughts out He delivers whatever messages He may have for me. It is a source of comfort to know that He knows me so well and meets me uniquely in that place, but I've gone through seasons of jealousy in this [...]
"Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my song." Isaiah 12:2 My biggest fear is that I am walking down the wrong path. That I am somehow missing my calling, missing out on the best parts of my life. [...]
In college I really began to come into my faith. I started learning what it was like to have a relationship with Jesus and live out my faith every day. I was excited about beginning to walk on this faith journey that was more than Sunday mornings and praying when I needed something. I began [...]
As I was reading Matthew 21, this conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees caught my particular attention: 23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus [...]
I've learned a part of maturing is doing the things you don't wan't to do but know you need to do. At least, that's what I told myself one Sunday as I got ready for church. My body was charged with anxiety, my mind weighed down from the difficult week. I was getting emotional thinking [...]
We all have big dreams and plans we insert into our faith journey, all the while forgetting that the number one thing God wants from us is relationship.
I ended my last blog post with a verse from Proverbs. “A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” Proverbs 15:1 I think a lot of us can attest to this verse. We’ve been on a receiving side of someone snapping an angry answer at us, only to feel that [...]
I've been angry for a long time about a lot of things. I was consumed by bitterness that was uncharacteristic of me, and I didn't know what to do. Then I looked to the gentleness of Jesus.
I settled down in the lawn chair, looking out into the changing colors of the woods, wrapping my blanket around my legs. The air was cool, a slight breeze picking up every now and then. The sun was shining down on my face through the trees, warming me. I reached into my backpack and pulled [...]
For a long time I’ve carried an image of the ideal person I wish to be. This person does everything right. She knows exactly who she is. She goes to bed early, she works out, spends time with God, writes every day, eats well, maintains relationships and makes everyone she knows feel loved. She is [...]
I finished a journal today*--the first journal I have ever finished front to back. It has taken me over a year to fill, and cover to cover it is full of my faith journey over the past year and three months. Its pages hold my deepest transformations, so much of what God has taught me, [...]
A few words I got from the Lord earlier in this year were “be still” and “wait.” I was in a season of worry, a season of looking frantically ahead, a season of anxiety. At the end of the spring and beginning of the summer, I kept feeling like God was setting me up for [...]