Adulting Ain’t Easy

As I’ve grown, I’ve come to realize that more often than not, life is tough. The millennial generation calls it, “adulting.” And let me tell you, it’s not easy. Bills continue to come each month. Loved ones pass away. Situations arise that aren’t expected and they require hard decisions to be made, or cost more … More Adulting Ain’t Easy

Kindness Challenge

Rosaria Butterfield is an author who wrote a powerful memoir about her journey to Christianity. She says as a non-Christian her impression of Christians was that they were poor thinkers, judgmental, scornful, and afraid of diversity. In her memoir, she speaks of publishing a critique of a Christian group in her local newspaper. After this … More Kindness Challenge

One of Those Days

Have you had one of those days recently? You know which ones I’m talking about. The day where you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Or maybe your day started out ok, but quickly turned into a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” Everyone has days that are what I’d … More One of Those Days

Sticks & Stones

Flashback (cue rewinding tape sound). Here I am, 12 years old going on 18 (or so I thought), watching my favorite after school show, “Saved by the Bell.” My brother, all of 8 at the time, comes barreling into the living room with some toy in hand, jabbering and yelling as he played. The noises … More Sticks & Stones

Love is a Verb

My brother offered a meditation thought prior to communion on Sunday morning. The topic was love, and as he began speaking he quoted these words from Merriam-Webster, “Love is an intense feeling of deep affection.” He then went on to discuss the love Jesus showed by suffering on a cross for our sins. The greatest … More Love is a Verb

Joy in the Flow

I’m a planner. I make lists. I like organization and structure. You could say that I’m not the type that “goes with the flow.” The flow only works for me if it’s going the direction I expected it to. I’ve been told many times in my life to “relax,” and let things happen. But why … More Joy in the Flow

Drop-outs

So you walk into your local coffee shop and look around. The tables are filled with 20-30 somethings, laptops in front of them, headphones in, and an oversized mug billowing the aroma of fresh brewed coffee close by. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Millennials live for their coffee and the vibe they experience in … More Drop-outs

Different Lens

I wear contacts to see every day. I also have glasses. If I don’t wear one of the two, my eyesight is terrible. I’m lucky to see shapes of things, but definitely unable to see any details. I’ve had to wear glasses since I was 13. It’s a trend for my whole family. All 4 … More Different Lens

Fumbling with Fret

I recently spent some time studying Joshua and the obstacles he had to overcome. Let me tell you, this guy could’ve been a worrier. Seriously, he could’ve spent a lot of his time worrying about the things he was dealing with. With enemies to conquer, rivers to cross, problems to solve among the Israelites, and … More Fumbling with Fret

Plant Talk

My grandma is an avid gardener. She plants flowers and vegetables every spring. I joke that her whole hand is green, not just her thumb, especially because she didn’t pass the gardening gene on to my mom or me. She has the most beautiful plants around her yard. Flowers I’ve never even heard of usually. … More Plant Talk

Wait

Patience isn’t just meant to make you wait. It’s meant to prepare you. You can’t be content with where you are when you’re too focused on on where you aren’t. All that does is rob your own joy. In every season, it is God’s Will that we are matured and that we become equipped for … More Wait

Faith is…

Normally, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of Christian movies. The reason is because most of the time it’s cheesy, over-the-top, and unrealistic plots, with terrible movie quality and even worse acting. I realize that sounds really brutal of me, but it’s just the truth. My faith isn’t like that. It isn’t easy. It … More Faith is…

Storms Rage

As I was browsing through my Facebook news feed, I ran across the image above. The quote on it is something I needed to read. The last few days have been tumultuous to say the least. I’ve had a rough weekend and it’s been caused by the people in my life who should be loving… … More Storms Rage

Beautiful Name

Life gets busy, the world creeps in, and we lose focus sometimes. This week was one of those weeks for me. Fear, confusion, frustration, and even anger were part of my week. Mid-way through though, I decided to give it to God. What happened next is nothing less than God’s hand in my life. I … More Beautiful Name

Slave to Fear

My brother was visiting last night and as he was talking about his faith and his current walk with God, the highs and lows, he mentioned a frustration he has with our family. He said, “I’m tired of our family giving in to fear.” It was a phrase I’d never really heard from him before, … More Slave to Fear

Even Then

It’s Monday. And let me tell you, it’s been a Monday for the books. Normally my weeks start off without much issue. I don’t have to rush into work after a weekend off. It’s been an incredible blessing. This Monday morning was a bit different though. In the first 30 min. of my morning, I … More Even Then