The courage to feel

The courage to feel

      The other day, I got some unexpected news, and it put me in kind of a funk *real talk*. I wanted to shut down and try not to feel what I was feeling. I wanted to forget about everything, escape it, and numb the ache. It seemed like it would be easier that way....
An atoning sacrifice gave me astonishing confidence

An atoning sacrifice gave me astonishing confidence

      I will never forget the feeling I felt when I was 9 years old and discovered porn for the first time. It was a feeling like I had never felt before. Without anyone telling me, I instantly knew I needed to hide. I felt so much guilt. And I swore to myself, right...
5 Little Things I Do to Fall More in Love with God

5 Little Things I Do to Fall More in Love with God

     When I was younger, my family would heat our house with a wood stove heater. And this was great for our budget because it saved us a ton of money in the long run. But it wasn’t fun when my brother and I had to chop wood for hours every summer. Those were the days...
My top 5 takeaways from my trip to Haiti

My top 5 takeaways from my trip to Haiti

      “Thank you Jesus. I am finally at peace.”       These words concluded my final prayer in Haiti this year.       Along with some other leaders in our church, I was recently able to lead a team of 12 people to visit our sister church in Desriveaux, Haiti for...
4 Ways To “Love God With All Your Might”

4 Ways To “Love God With All Your Might”

Have you ever been overwhelmed by all of the things that people tell you are vital to your faith? Does it sometime seem like there are a thousand hoops to jump through and endless ladders to climb if you want to get to God? When it comes to walking with God, there is...
He wept…

He wept…

The day wasn’t even over, but already I had attended a friend’s funeral, attended to my very sick daughter, and was heading to visit a student of mine in jail… Days like this make me weep because of the brokenness that is the world around me. I don’t...
Waiting for a breakthrough…

Waiting for a breakthrough…

Recently I saw a cute inspirational quote on Facebook (I know…shocker…) that said “Water cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” And though it captured my attention due to its pithy brevity, it captivated...
Imperfect mugs. Perfect grace.

Imperfect mugs. Perfect grace.

I. Love. Coffee. Mugs. I have so many different coffee mugs from different places around the world and from different seasons of my life. I have fancy coffee mugs, little cute clay mugs, and large this-is-way-too-much-coffee-for-anything-I-could-possibly-do-today...
In your footsteps

In your footsteps

The other day, I heard a weird *clunk clunk* traveling through my living room. I looked around the corner to see my daughter had grabbed my shoes, and stepped inside of them, and started to try to walk around. It was hilarious! This really caused me, not only a lot of...