A faith that doesn’t falter

There’s something that has been nagging on my heart all week. Something that I don’t want to admit. Not to myself, and certainly not to others. It’s paradoxical and quite simple. I’m Christian and I’m not a believer. Those two things don’t belong in the same sentence together. But even though I wish I could…

The antidote to worry

Here are the benefits of worrying: 1. ____________________________________________ 2.____________________________________________ 3.____________________________________________ Yep, there are none. And yet how often do we toss and turn all night because of worry? How often do we create the worst of scenarios in our heads of what tomorrow might bring only to realize that it’s unlikely it will really come…

Making the most of today

Sometimes I think we live in such a hurry to start a new season in our life that we make the mistake of missing out on the one we find ourselves in right now. We enter into fall and already start dreaming of Christmas and snow. We begin spring and start wondering what we’re going…

Living out your faith authentically

Anyone can show up to church on Sunday morning, raise their hands during worship, and say all of the right “churchy” phrases. Anyone can grab a microphone and share a message on stage about what living for Christ looks like. Anyone can post inspirational quotes and Bible verses on their social media feeds about God.…

Ignored, unloved, and not wanted

She knew that he never chose to be with her and yet every morning she woke up dreaming and praying that maybe he would love her the way that she loved him. She longed for him to look her deep in the eyes and call her beautiful. She wished late at night he would choose…

When you feel afraid

Fear. It’s what kept the Israelites walking around in circles when they were destined for the Promised Land. It’s what made Peter start drowning when he should have kept on walking on water. It’s what causes dreams to be left unfulfilled and buried with talented, gifted, and skilled women and men all around the world.…

Cultivating a grateful heart

We like to point our finger at her and judge her. We like to criticize her for her lack of self-control and desire. We like try to rationalize why the first woman who God created with His very own hands, the one who had it all could possibly betray Him by not restraining herself to…

When God says “Not Yet”

You had it all planned out perfectly from when you were a young teen. Where you would live, what you would do, who you would be. The moment you stepped off the podium of your college graduation you were ready to face the real world. To accomplish your dreams. To travel the world. To start…

Finding strength on your knees

As physical beings we need to eat multiple meals a day just to stay nourished and strong to survive. Skipping meals for a few days is unheard of because you know it will only leave you weak and tired and unprepared to face the day. As spiritual beings we need to eat “meals” of God’s…

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

It was faith that brought Isaac into Abraham’s arms. Faith that kept Peter up when he walked on water. Faith that helped Moses lead the Israelites across the Red Sea. Faith that healed the blind man calling out to Jesus and faith that restored the health of the bleeding women. Faith that caused the walls…

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…

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…

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…

Standing at a crossroad

Many times in my live I have found myself standing at a crossroad with multiple roads in front of me leading in different directions. Each one offering an option for me to take and door I can step through leading to an end I cannot yet see. And in those moments of uncertainty when I…

“I want ____ more than God”

When I used to think of the word “idol” many images come to mind. People dancing around a golden calf. People bowing down to a statue of Buddha. People worshipping the rising of the sun on top of a high mountain. But often times what I forget is that an idol isn’t just a statue…