it’s more than just an easy feeling

it’s more than just an easy feeling

How many of you are like me, and feel that peace is long-overdue for you this year? I’ve been studying what that looks like in Scripture (because I believe that God will always have the best answer to questions like this) and was just 🤯 with the very first verse that...
what if God was bigger than the sides we take?

what if God was bigger than the sides we take?

Sad reality: one of the most divided places in the country is the church on Sunday mornings. I’ve heard this phrase (or something similar) tossed around by Christians a lot lately: “How can you be a Christian if __ ?” I hate phrases like this because it’s basically...
clickbait christianity isn’t good enough

clickbait christianity isn’t good enough

Those who give you “3 steps” or “5 easy ways” or “the ONE thing you need to do” to achieve a better life in some capacity are usually being far too simplistic. If life could be figured out in a few easy steps, why haven’t we yet? Often, in the church, we fall prey to...
you don’t like free stuff

you don’t like free stuff

I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “free is for me!” Or “Free? That’s my price range!” I’ve even been the one to say these on many occasions. But I don’t actually believe it, when it comes to the core of how we think. In other words, and pardon the...
systems don’t defeat the flesh

systems don’t defeat the flesh

Ok… I’m just going to say it. You have to stop trying to defeat sin in the flesh! More systems and more rules and more accountability isn’t the answer. You will keep losing in the fight against that strong opponent called sin. It’s so much stronger than you on...
the only way to get to new levels

the only way to get to new levels

There have been many times in my life that God has graciously brought me to the end of myself. And I am so so so grateful that when I came to the end of myself, there is a Savior waiting right there for me! Thank God that when I was all-out of me, he was still there...
awe leads to generosity

awe leads to generosity

One of the things I’ve been really enjoying is my devotional time through the Book of Acts. It’s been a while since I last journeyed through this amazing book. I recently read the account of the first gatherings of believers in Acts 2. It sounds like this: “All the...
“and eat some food…”

“and eat some food…”

The other day, I was watching a cartoon with my daughter, Gracie. And somewhere in the middle of the movie, the two main characters started getting into an argument and eventually stop talking to each other. So Gracie, a wonderful peacemaker (she gets that from her...
when you live for you, you don’t really live

when you live for you, you don’t really live

     What if there was a bigger picture out there in which you were not the main character? What if the things you’re experiencing in your life are not actually about you?      It’s so easy, these days, to be so self-focused. You’re one of the only people you are...
what I really need to hear

what I really need to hear

You know what makes me roll my eyes every single time? Hearing someone wonder *out loud* why I struggle to feel confident. They usually qualify it by saying that I seem so confident all the time, and that I’m super valuable to whatever it is I’m worrying about.  ...