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.…

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…

“My life is meaningless”

I’m not going to lie, I can read thousands of inspirational quotes about living life to the fullest, I can read one book after another about what habits I need to build to fulfill my dreams, I can go to church three times a week and hear one message after another about the purpose of…

To facebook or not to facebook?

Ten years ago in order to know what was going on in a loved one’s life you would get together for dinner with them or call them on the phone…now you can just log onto facebook, instagram, or twitter. Ten years ago you could enjoy the food you were eating, the scenery you were looking…

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…

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…

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’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…

“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…

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…

No More Comfortable Christianity

These last few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster for me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually because of one simple prayer. A prayer I don’t know why I continually repeat. A prayer that is constantly on my heart. “Break my heart for what breaks Yours”. And God has answered that prayer, because heartbroken  I…

Power of Words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” …and there goes one of the most popular and well-known lies of all time. The truth is no matter how much we pretend that words don’t hurt, no matter how hard we try to forget words that people spoke against us, no…

Standing God up

There’s few things worst in this world then being stood up by someone you care about. Then being rejected or ignored by someone you love. Then esteeming someone as a very important person in your life when you are the least important in theirs. And it always leaves you feeling one thing: sad. Sad that…

Addicted to approval…

There’s a fad going around in the average teenager’s world on facebook that really got to me last year. Although it’s new to the facebook world… it has existed long before facebook. What is it exactly? It’s the constant desire of people (beginning in their young years) to have the approval and validation of others. In…

In the background where nobody sees…

Nobody grows up dreaming to be a janitor when they grow up. Cleaning toilets in the back where nobody will notice. Nobody stands in long lines outside of studios waiting for a chance to become someone working in the backstage before the show. Nobody gives up years of their life to chase the dream of…

I’m no Mother Theresa…

When I was a little girl I thought I could change the world. There was a fire burning deep inside that couldn’t be put out. I would lie in my bed and dream about all the ways I could reach out to those around me. I would stay up late crying out and praying for…

I’ll do it… tomorrow.

We all make excuses. Excuses for staying in our comfort zones instead of reaching for our dreams. Excuses for living halfheartedly instead of giving God our all. Excuses for remaining in the same place we’ve always been and never taking a step forward. See… tomorrow always seems like a better day to do everything God…

Living what you preach

  We sing about how we’ll follow Jesus to the ends of the earth… But we have a hard time following Him across the street to our own neighbors… We sing that we surrender all… But we have a hard time surrendering ten minutes of our precious sleep time in the morning to spend with…

What are you preaching with your life?

When I think of a preacher I think of a man dressed in a nice suite standing behind the pulpit on stage in church. Bible in one hand. Microphone in the other. A crowd of people in front of him. When I think of a missionary I think of someone in a foreign country. Spreading…

God doesn’t want you to be comfortable…

Praying in public took Daniel from the comfort of his home to a den full of hungry lions. Worshiping only God took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the comforts of security, to the burning fiery furnace and anger of a king. Faithfulness to God took Mary from the comfort of an ideal life to being…