At a dead end

These last few weeks of my life it seems like God had only one agenda on His mind: take me through some of the toughest “courses” in His handbook. Patience 101. Faith 200. Trials 401. Humility 302. Perseverance 203. Why I’ve been going through these courses, I haven’t quite figured out yet. I don’t remember…

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…

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…

{Life Thoughts}

“Until we care more about what God thinks than what other people think we are never truly free” –Christine Caine “Some of the most beautiful futures are built from the rubble of the most broken pasts.” –Mandy Hale “God doesn’t expect us to understand; He just expects us to obey. Sometimes understanding comes after we…

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,…

“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…

A lesson from Caleb

They were all sent on the same mission. They all saw the exact same thing. They all came back with one report. All but one. And it was this one that made all the difference when it came to conquering a land that seemed unconquerable. As I was reading about Caleb yesterday this phrase stood…

Practicing what you preach

I’ve always had good intentions in life. Intentions to make God #1 in my life – the center of my very existence. I plan on waking up earlier the next day to spend some one on one time with Him… but then I keep hitting snooze on my alarm clock. I have intentions to encourage…

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…

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…

“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…

Something to think about…

“Your most powerful testimony is how you treat others after the church service is over” “When we complain about our current situation, we remain in it; when we praise God in the midst of difficulty, He raises us out of it.”-Joyce Meyer “God isn’t interested in a Sunday morning relationship. He wants a daily walk…

One prayer can change everything

It was because Elijah prayed that it didn’t rain for three years. It was because Joshua prayed that the sun stood still during battle. It was because Daniel prayed that the mouths of lions were closed. It was because Hannah prayed that her baby boy was finally in her arms. It was because Esther prayed…