God of the Valley

Some of life’s greatest lessons are not learned in a classroom but in the crevice of a dark valley. Sometimes you grow closest to Christ not in the seasons of prosperity, laughter, and joy, but in seasons of loss, trials, and tears. Because it takes going through hardships that test your faith to believe God…

When life brings you to your knees

When I thought about taking a month off to escape the busyness of the world and seek Christ more I envisioned myself having sweet times of fellowship with Jesus one-on-one with no distractions. I thought I would dig deep into His Word to draw nearer to Him and get more insight, more direction, and more…

A good-bye letter

You like to remind me of my failures and my shortcomings. You like to bring back memories of pain long buried away. You like to predict my future and tell me I don’t have anything to look forward to and that nothing will ever change. You like to interrupt my day and stop me dead…

Finding hope again

I’m not sure what the hype was with the end of the world coming in 2012. The “end of the world” has come in my lifetime at least 7 times already. And yet I’m still here. Why? Well, that’s still a mystery to me. 😉 Although you may think I’m joking, this is 100% true.…

When you have a bad day

We live in a world that’s all about image and putting your best foot forward. And with social media and people posting one picture or status after another of how wonderful their life is it makes it easy for insecurity to creep in, especially when you’re struggling and life is far from perfect. But what…

When you want to give up on life

I’m a girl. Which means that one second I can be laughing until I’m crying and the next second I will be crying… literally. One minute I’m high up in the clouds excited about everything in the world. The next minute I’m down in the dumps throwing myself a pity party and thinking it’s the…

“I’m too scared to face my fears”

It is what gave a beautiful young queen boldness to approach her king in order to petition for the lives of her people. It is what gave a young shepherd boy the boldness to speak against a giant that was taunting his people and his God and bring him down with a few stones. It…

“I can’t do this on my own”

For some odd reason when people become Christian they think they are signing up for some kind of special club. One where God is the owner and He provides each person with benefits of a life filled with abundant riches and joy. What they don’t realize is that they are actually signing up for war.…

The training ground of adversity

Before there was a Promised Land for the Israelites filled with milk and honey there was a dry and hot desert filled with questions, complaints, and many miles to walk. Before there was a spot right next to the Pharaoh in the palace to help rule the land for Joseph, there was a spot right…

“I Will Trust God Anyway”

Sometimes life is just not fair. Bad things happen to good people. Unexpected tragedies take place. Dreams are destroyed. Loved one’s walk away. Or that one thing you’ve been waiting for never comes. And we find ourselves standing at a crossroad with two roads in front of us that we can choose to travel. One…

The secret to true happiness

I have a confession to make. I think Apostle Paul was kind of crazy. Before you think I’M crazy too let me explain. Paul was beaten multiple times by rods. He was pelted nearly to death with rocks. He was shipwrecked three times. Wherever he went he was always in danger. He was in danger…

A broken girl’s cry

She was broken and bruised running away from the place that she had once called home. She didn’t think twice about what she was doing. All she wanted to do was escape. So she packed her bag and ran as far away as she could so she wouldn’t have to face abuse anymore. Even though…

God Will Make A Way

They had their hopes set for the Promised Land. Waking up every morning to take one step after another to reach that place they had only dreamt about. The place of freedom and a fresh new beginning. The place where they would raise their children in safety and in love. And yet there they were,…

When Nothing Seems To Be Happening

Sometimes… I don’t think God knows what He’s doing. I would never say it out loud. I would never admit to it. But deep down inside I believe it. How do I know? It’s quite simple – when things don’t work out according to my perfect little plan I try to “fix” the situation and…

“I can’t forgive myself”

Some days you are going to mess up. Big time. To the point that you won’t be able to look at yourself in the mirror. To the point that you’ll be walking around with a cloud of disappointment over your head. To the point that you will wonder if you’ll ever be able to forgive…

Turn your pain into someone else’s hope

Sometimes when I step into church I feel like I’m attending a masquerade. A place full of perfect people hiding behind masks. Masks that cover their insecurities, their imperfections, their heartaches, their struggles, and their pain. People who would never dare to put that mask down and admit that life is less than perfect. That…

{Loving God When It’s Hard}

I wish fairy tales came with labels, warning, disclaimers of some sort before we get swept away by Prince Charmings and Happily Ever After Endings. One such as “real love is not how it appears on this screen” or “don’t forget that this is just a made up story.” I have nothing against Prince Charming.…

“I’m not the person I want to be”

Can I be really honest with all of you? Sometimes I really don’t like myself. I wake up in the morning and I don’t like the reflection of the girl I see in the mirror. Not because I’m having a bad hair day (although that may be the case at times) but because I’m far…

“I have nothing going for me”

Life is hard, I know. But I want to remind you today that there is someone out there who has it worst than you. Someone who would switch places with you in a heartbeat. Someone who would be more than happy to walk in your shoes. So often we get discouraged about what’s going on…

You Will Fail

I hate to break it to you, especially this early in the day but you’re going to fail in life. Very encouraging, I know. But please keep on reading. It’ll get better, I promise. 😉 So many of us are scared of that word: failure. The likelihood that we will not succeed at something. It’s…

When your problems seem too big…

We all have them. Problems that seem larger than life. Issues that we must wake up to every day. Battles we must fight. Difficult choices to make. And what determines whether or not you will face defeat or have victory in the end? It’s one thing really. It’s not the size of your problem. It’s…

When life isn’t worth living anymore

Have you ever felt like you finally reached the end of yourself? That there was nothing worth waking up the next morning for? That nothing good could possibly come out of you or the situation that you are in? That maybe the world might just be a better place without you in it? If you…