anxiety, Christ, emotions, fear, love, peace, trust, worth

beautiful things.

I brought this big fella out of storage and into the nook where I do yoga a little bit ago. It's a shitty mat job (I did it myself years ago without the proper equipment - it's sad) but I love him. I called him 'the bone daddy' after Jack Skellington form The Nightmare Before… Continue reading beautiful things.

emotions, family, fear, loneliness, marriage, personal relationships, trust

I’m good! It’s okay! I’m fine! 

I'm reading a book right now called Nothing To Prove by Jennie Allen and it's great. I'm sure I'll write about so much coming out of my heart because of this book in the near future. But right now, I've got to be real about something. Because Jennie talks a little bit about this in… Continue reading I’m good! It’s okay! I’m fine! 

emotions, family, girl stuff, loneliness, ministry, personal relationships, romantic relationships, work

Girl Scouts messed me up. 

Guys, I'm messed up and I think Girl Scouts played a decent role in the messing.  I don't know what it's like today, but we had this motto or way of doing things when I was a scout as a kid. We never left a place the way we found it; it was always better… Continue reading Girl Scouts messed me up. 

anger, anxiety, emotions, faith, fear, loneliness, marriage, peace, personal relationships, sex, testimony, trust, unbelief

life is short, but you can’t rush healing. 

I stopped my cousin mid-sentence yesterday because she said something that totally took me back. She was telling me about her plans for next week, and she said she'd be doing something on the first of September. And that the first of September is next Friday. I interrupted her to ask "how are we already… Continue reading life is short, but you can’t rush healing. 

Christ, emotions, faith, fear, loneliness, love, marriage, peace, sex, trust

beauty for ashes, when we’ve totally crashed and burned. 

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3 NLT) I love tree pose and I love trees.… Continue reading beauty for ashes, when we’ve totally crashed and burned. 

anxiety, Christ, emotions, faith, fear, loneliness, trust, unbelief

tell me your story again. 

I've found that writing in the moment of a thought or a feeling has done me much better as of late than sitting on something to write about and work through later. So right now, I'm writing from the passenger seat of our family van on the way home from vacation.  We're in the rainy… Continue reading tell me your story again. 

anger, ministry, personal relationships, salvation

Part One: 3 big things we, the Church, can learn from what’s been happening in Cleveland with LeBron James.

If you’ve lived in the United States in the last few months to the last 10 years or more, and you’ve been anywhere near a television that streams ESPN, I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the love affair between LeBron James and the city of Cleveland, Ohio. But in case you haven’t, here is… Continue reading Part One: 3 big things we, the Church, can learn from what’s been happening in Cleveland with LeBron James.

anger, Christ, emotions, family, personal relationships, romantic relationships, satan

giving God what is God’s. | how stressful wedding planning has given me a fresh look at Mark 12:17

You know, in planning a wedding, I’m learning a lot. I’m getting stressed out by a lot, but I’m learning even more. One of the greatest points of contention for me and my family has been over things that I (and/or my fiancé) want vs. things that our families want. The biggest example being the… Continue reading giving God what is God’s. | how stressful wedding planning has given me a fresh look at Mark 12:17

Christ, emotions, salvation, sex, testimony, unbelief

what having a cross tattoo has taught me about a cross and the Cross, being lukewarm, and evangelizing.

I’ve been pondering something lately, and that is my lack of patience with people who adorn themselves and their homes and their Facebooks/Twitters/Instagrams with Christian propaganda (be that a cross necklace/tattoo/something similar, a scripture poster or status, a Christian meme, or share about Jesus or whatever). It doesn’t come from hatred, I assure you. It… Continue reading what having a cross tattoo has taught me about a cross and the Cross, being lukewarm, and evangelizing.

emotions, faith, loneliness, love, personal relationships, satan, sex, trust, Uncategorized

on dating and relationships.

It's always very interesting to me when people accuse me of being judgemental. Now, I'll admit it - I can be sometimes, but I think I do an "okay" job of living a non-legalistic life and I try very hard to be understanding of each person's particular season of life, by the grace and power… Continue reading on dating and relationships.