daddy, get up

daddy, get up

The other day, I messed up. I messed up big.   I lost my cool and yelled at my daughter, Grace. I’m not proud of it, but I did. And so after she calmed down after crying (yes, I made her cry…), I had to apologize to her. Though it’s not ideal, I...
the glory in your story

the glory in your story

     Have you ever known someone who shaped their life (or at least their conversations and words) around the type of actions he/she was always praised for?        In middle school, I was the kid who tried to be a punk skater because the cool crowd (the kids who...
how to pray with confidence

how to pray with confidence

     When I was preparing this content, I was really busy with a lot of relatively important things: I was in the middle of teaching my students in our Youth Center, I was trying to decide in my head how to lead my middle school boys group, And I was mentally...
to the person complaining about their family

to the person complaining about their family

Have you ever felt like someone else’s family was so much cooler than yours?   Have you ever envied the love you see in another family?   Have you ever been hard on someone in your family because they don’t treat you the way another family treats each other?...
between worry and wonder

between worry and wonder

Sometimes, I ask my friends, “What is the best thing that could happen today if God showed up and answers all our prayers?” The answers I receive vary. They range from things like, “I could finally get some rest,” to things like, “Everyone in my life would experience...
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....
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...