A God that always provides

You finally filled out your monthly bills and as you look at your bank account your stomach start churning as you realize you are down to pennies now. You lost your job a few months ago and you’ve been searching for a new job every day. Sending your resume out by the dozens. And yet…

Giving God 99% of Me

Sometime I wonder… If you take away the bumper sticker on your car that says “Jesus Loves you”, if you take away the t-shirt you are wearing with a catchy Christian phrase on it, if you take away the cross hanging around your neck… would people see Jesus in you? From the very beginning of…

The “Perfect” Woman

I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her. She’s the woman who has it all together. The woman who rises early to prepare for the day. The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need. The woman who takes care of her…

Counterfeit happiness

If marriage is what makes you ultimately happy then there would be no divorces in the world. If drugs or alcohol is what makes you happy then there would be no rehab centers to heal destroyed lives of people around the world. If fame is what makes you happy then there wouldn’t be headline stories…

God, Why?

Questions. They began from the moment that we find the words to say them. About why the sky is blue, how you can grow tall, and what makes the world go round. Questions about the world we see with our eyes, the people around us, and the life that we live. And for the most…

God’s Definition of Love

Love. It has been sung about by popular music artists of all genres for many decades and I’m sure many more decades to come. It has been endlessly written about by famous authors who with words attempt to depict its complex significance. It is talked about by people on a regular basis as they attempt to…

What defines you?

Often times we allow everything in the world but Christ define who we are. We allow our scars to define us; our pasts to define us; our background to define us; our self-esteem to define us; our bank account, home, and status to define us; our failures to define us; our self-image to define us;…

Some friendships aren’t forever

Image via.It’s amazing how a total stranger can walk into your life and within a week, a month, or a year you couldn’t imagine living a day without them in it. And then it’s just as amazing that a friendship that took a decade to build can just crumble and never be the same and…

Walking a lonely road

A desert is a dry, barren, isolated, and uncomfortable place. A place where there is nothing but the hot sun shining above you and the warm sand underneath your feet and not a single person around. It’s a place where you get thirsty easily and you have limited resources with you. It’s a place that…

Antidote to Busyness

We live in a world that thrives on busyness. From the moment we hear the ringing of our alarm clock to the minute our head hits the pillow at night we just go, go, go. If we are lucky enough somewhere from the time of waking up to falling asleep we get a little break…

Choosing to end well

The greatest king in the world started out by being a mere shepherd boy. The bravest queen in the world was an orphan girl. The most influential evangelizers in history were simple fishermen. The savior that came down from heaven was born in a barn full of farm animals. What about you? How does your…

So, you serve in the church?

Exactly ten years ago my teen coordinator from my (old) church asked me to get involved with leading teens at church. From teaching lessons, to leading Bible studies, to planning events, to preparing for church performances, to working one on one with parents and teens. I can say that it’s been a fun and very…

Taking off our masks

As Christians we always face the temptation to pretend. To pretend we are doing just fine when we are suffering and hurting deep inside. To pretend we have it all figured out in life. To pretend we have no insecurities and no need for support from the outside. Before we go to church, Bible study,…

“My scars don’t define me”

You know who I am talking about. You feel broken and worthless. You weren’t always like this. You didn’t always have cuts on your body. You didn’t always skip meals or purge them up. You didn’t always avoid mirrors and scales like they were plagues. But someone hurt you. I know they did because I’ve…

Trust God In Your Good-Bye’s

Last week I got my heart broken at a place I dreamed of for many years that my future husband would propose to me at. It was unexpected and bittersweet, to say the least. As I sat there at a loss of words to say all I could think was, “This isn’t how it’s supposed…

“God can’t possibly use me”

Growing up there was only one thing I wished more than anything in the world: to be anybody but me. I wished I was that girl in middle school who wore the cute clothes, always had the perfect hairstyle, and never had a frown on her face. I had to wear hand me down’s most…

[Prayer Request]

I’m heartbroken at the violence going on in my home country right now as they are on the brink of a possible revolution. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have the place you called home where you feel safe and protected in turn into a war zone.  If you can, please join…

2013: Top Ten Things God Has Taught Me

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at midnight on December 31st welcoming in the New Year with fireworks and friends. My heart full of joy, my mind running around excited for the things the new year would bring. And as this year is drawing to a close –incredible things this year did bring…

Beyond The 4 Walls Of Church

There’s a serious epidemic in Christianity that is spreading quickly today, especially in civilized countries. You may have heard of it, you may have seen it, or just like me, you may be the one who has it. What is it? Spiritual blindness. The ability to become blind to those around us. How does a…

Forgiving and Moving On

Whether you like it or not people are going to hurt you. Not strangers that you don’t know. Not mere acquaintances that you could care less about. No… people that you love. People that you look up to. People that you would do anything for. Sometimes they will hurt you out of jealousy, out of…