Renewing Our Minds in a Corrupt Culture

Today, we live in a culture that is filled with garbage—racy movies, crude music, and indecent pictures. Sexy ads and dirty jokes are everywhere around us. Putting this garbage in our heads is becoming normal.…
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Clinging to Hope When Hardships Wound You

My heart ached under the weight of a thousand burdens.   One night last December, I cried tears held inside my wounded heart for months:   God, my heart is breaking, my heart is breaking.…
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A Thousand Words: Be

Anybody make New Year resolutions? Whether you love or hate them, resolutions are typically something that people spend time talking, or joking, about at this time of year. Conversations often go something like this:  …
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Reborn From the Ashes of Sin

Set apart. Holy. No longer slaves to sin. Different from the rest of the world because of Christ.  This is our calling as Christians, but what happens when we slip off our set apart path?…
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3 Ways to Set Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

It seems to be the most popular New Year’s Resolution of all time: to lose weight.   We watch countless weight loss ads on television in between our favorite shows, and we see them in…
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New Year – New You?

As any year comes to a close, talk of “becoming a new me” is common. This year is no exception.   We look back at our year, or refuse to look back, and focus on…
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Reach For Success: Love Others With Your Dreams

As we pulled open the second set of large, wooden doors in Barnes and Noble, the mingled aroma of coffee and new books greeted my mom and I like the warmth of an old friend.…
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Changing the Face of Social Media

I don’t post much on social media, but when I do, it’s usually because I have something fun or exciting to share. My friends and I did something fun so I post about it. I…
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Is It OK To Be a Work in Progress?

I’m in a rut. I seem to be making nothing but mistakes. I’ve fallen down the same hole, it seems, far too much. Whatever sin it is I’m struggling with—gossip, a hot temper, unforgiveness—it seems…
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Women Impacting History: Making Differences in the Everyday

It seems like there is a massive misconception that people have to travel to the other side of the world and donate millions of dollars to make a difference in the world.  Yes, traveling to…
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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

“You’re okay. It’s gonna be fine. It’ll be over soon. Don’t worry about it; it will work itself out. Just don’t think about it.”   I repeat these phrases to myself whenever I’m under stress…
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How to Deal With Rejection God’s Way

God calls us to live set-apart lives. In a world full of judgement, scorn, and ridicule, living set-apart for Jesus likely means rejection is sure to follow. If we haven’t yet been faced with rejection…
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He Gives Us Strength: Reflections on Isaiah

“Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings.” (Is 40:30-31 NABRE)   These are my favorite verses from the book…
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Letting Go and Letting God: Learning to Wait Patiently for Answers

I had been telling myself all week that I shouldn’t worry about things. “Don’t worry about where you’re going to live in a few months. Don’t stress right now about what you want to do…
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