The world we live in and the culture we are surrounded by doesn't push us towards worshiping God. It doesn't push us towards setting our mind on Christ and fighting to live a set- apart life as believers. It pushes us to idolize our bodies and worship the way we look.... It doesn't take long to forget about my worth in Christ and place my worth in the way I look.
The truth about sexual sin. If I’m being completely honest, the past 8-ish months have been pretty terrible. Don’t get me wrong... I’ve done so many incredible things, had amazing opportunities, created some of the best memories, and gotten closer to people that I know will be my life-long friends. From an outsider perspective, it … Continue reading I Don’t Miss Him. I Miss Me.
I wonder how many of us grew up pushing the boundaries of sex. Going as far as you possibly could with a stranger in your dorm room or your high school boyfriend or girlfriend, without actually "having sex". I wonder how many people struggle with lust but are too afraid to reach out to their Christian community because they fear people's judgement. I wonder how many people think their life is filled with too much sexual sin and believe they too far gone for God to use any part of them in His redemption story.
We can’t create our own meaning and love whoever however. We can't rely on the simplicity of love because that's just not love. The scripture talks about a love that was nailed to the cross. A love that was persecuted and killed. A love that is endless and abounding. A love so sweet and pure that it’s hard for our human hearts to fully understand.
Dear Younger Me, You’re about to graduate and move, to where it seems way too close to home, to go to college. You’re excited but nervous. Ready but scared. You’ll leave behind, what at the time, you thought was your identity. But thankfully, you’ll move into a tiny dorm room where your roommate will encourage … Continue reading A Letter to My 17-Year-Old Self
The formula to joy is not God and (blank) so much as God in (blank). True joy derives not from God and job, family, sex, friends, food, rest, driving, buying a home, reading a book, drinking coffee- but from God in these things… Every taste of beauty in this world, from the roar of waterfalls to the chatter of birds to the richness of true friendship to the ecstasy of sexual experience, is a drop from the ocean of divine beauty. Every pleasure is an arrow pointing back to him. Joy is from, and only finally in, God.
Part One Heartache, broken, depressed, rock bottom, suffering, trials, weak, challenged, sorrowful, the valley…words often used to express that one’s life is frankly just hard and often times, more than hard. For now, I will use the term heartache. We have all known and shared in heartache—not one of us is alone in the struggle. … Continue reading Heartache
I pray that if/when the time comes when every single earthly thing is taken away from me, that I would still praise God and give thanks to Him for giving me the greatest gift. When our own personal Hurricane Harvey’s hit, I want us to run to Jesus and cling to the joy and hope found at the cross. Friends, as we continue to watch the devastation that is happening in Texas, I ask that you pray with me.
The sorority sister who died, the boyfriend who couldn’t decide, the interviews that tanked, the roommates that moved out married, the deployment that wrecked our honeymoon years, the months we thought we’d be pregnant but weren’t, and this most recent grief of pregnancy lost, these turned out to be the sweetest times of my life. The moments I never would have chosen for myself were the exact moments that Jesus leaned in and spoke loudest, “I choose you. You are mine. Stay with me.”
You know who the worst party pooper of all is? Anxiety. I need to confess right here on the internet that I’ve said ‘no’ to and cancelled so many dinners and coffees over the past several months because I was ‘sick’ aka anxious. Potential relationships ruined, mentoring opportunities missed out on, precious time with friends gone....Don’t let anxiety get you alone in a dark alley of your mind and beat you up....Darkness loses its power when it’s brought into the light. Shine a spotlight on it, and let’s all get a little more free.