Pity Party

Have you ever been hurt? Ever been so depressed or pained that you chose to stay in bed a little longer or get to bed five hours too early? Ever chose isolation over hugs because you didn’t want anyone interrupting your time of saturating sadness? Me too. Sometimes, before I even got out of bed, the sadness completely engulfed…

12 Things I Never Knew About Grace

Grace teaches me to live my life before an audience of One, disinterested in the lofty and lowly opinions of others. Grace reminds me “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (even when a fancy personality test validates major character flaws I’ve been denying). Grace joyfully persists in the seemingly impossible task of making me more like Jesus. Grace says,…

When The Path Seems Pointless

Ever wondered why God is taking so long to bring your dreams to life, or if He even will? During a recent “woe is me” episode (yes, another one), I stumbled upon “The Tale of The Three Trees.” I dug into the whimsical, worry-free pages of childhood and shed more tears than I’ll admit, as…

Brevity

When you hear the still small voice of God, don’t question it. Don’t fear its implications. Simply listen and do as you’re told. Your bones will be fortified and your life will glow with joy. Questions, concerns and doubts will always try to shout you out, but you are a steady one because you are…

Seeping Sin

Ever cut your knee, slapped a Band-Aid on it and looked down to find blood had seeped through to the little white square? Sin is kind of like that. We do something, we fall, get a cut, cover it up. But, eventually the blood seeps through and we can’t deny the ugly blotch. _________ Sin is…

Confessions of a Christian Writer

“There is nothing easier than getting into the right relationship with God, unless it is not God you seek, but only what He can give you. If you have only come as far as asking God for things, you have never come to the point of understanding what surrender really means. And instantly God puts…

Peace, Purpose and The Presence

A year ago, I asked a lady in church how to figure out God’s will for my life. Ever done that before? She said, “You know what I always do when I don’t know what to do? I follow peace and excitement.” Although her advice comforted me for a while, my overwhelmingly intense brain blew a…

Transgenders and Face Wash

If you haven’t heard the news, Clean & Clear recently hired Jazz Jennings, a young transgender activist, to be the new spokesperson for their most recent ad campaign, #SeeTheRealMe. This controversial and undoubtedly risky move has the public polarized in both outrage and applause. Furthermore, Jazz’s life is set to air on TLC in a new reality TV…

Breathe, listen to the rivers of running gold…alone.

Pick a focal point: Anywhere in your room, car or imagination. Turn the key and lock down your attention. The swiping, the scrolling, the liking, the posting, the highlighting, the updating, the texting, the Bible App reading — Squeeze all the buttons until the pixels and power ooze out. Fix your gaze and hold. The traditions, the…

One Habit Worth Breaking In 2015

Scroll, tap tap. Like. Scroll, tap tap. Like. Scroll, eh, don’t like. Scroll. That’s how I spend hours each day — mindlessly, unintentionally and passively weeding through social media content. Well, no more. Last week, when my head hit the pillow, I remembered I didn’t have quiet time with God that day, so I flipped open my Bible…

In Between: the Mountain and the Valley

Have you ever had a divine encounter with God? One where He shows you “this is all that I have for you, all you have in me. This is who you will and are becoming in me? Look at my splendor! Look how I love you and romance you! Come to me!” Oswald Chambers describes…

The in-between

I could write hundreds of blogs about being “in-between” different stages of life. And maybe I will. But for now, here’s in-between blog 1. The focus: the patterns of this world. —- I had coffee tonight with a friend from Europe who told me about this girl he adores back at home, and how they…