I thought I was clinging to God in the world of dating, trusting him and seeking his path for my life. But I wasn't. In all honesty, it was God who was clinging to me.
Sometimes we need deep courage. When we get out of bed. When we walk into work. On the phone with our mom. Facing that friend. Going to church. Life isn't easy. Lately for me, I've needed deep courage in ballet class. Leotards and tights. Buns and ballet slippers. What was once an excitement and highlight … Continue reading Deep Courage when Fear + Insecurity Strikes
Passion has never usually been a problem for me. I was the girl who cared. I cared about the environment. I cared about suffering. I cared about injustice. I cared about my friends, and school, and city. I cared about justice. I cared about causes. Most university students I know care about causes. I went … Continue reading Passion, please burn
Being fatherless on father's day, may be a time filled with grief and sadness. It may be a time of hope and thanksgiving. A chance to serve others. But whatever it's like for you, seek to spend time with your eternal Father, for he loves you deeply and meets you where you're at.
I know, I last wrote about fighting discouragement and doubt. No doubt, there were challenges this past year. Yet I'm thankful for them because God has done an incredible work in my life. Little deposits of grace have built up, and now looking back I can reap the rewards. Little deposits of mercy have brought … Continue reading My Cup Overflows
I'm about ready to give up. Yep, there I said it. It's been this nagging feeling at the back of my mind all year, but honestly, I've been too afraid to voice it. Not trying to complain here, but in more than one area of my life I've been facing massive discouragement. I'm discouraged at … Continue reading Fighting Discouragement and Doubt
Lately, people around me have been craving community. We need more community, they say. More encouragement. This seems to be a strong felt need right now. And I would agree: community, a sense of belonging, deep relationships, and mutual encouragement are all very important aspects of life - and they're biblical. In pursuit of this … Continue reading In Craving Community
Unmet desires (and the associated pain) force us into a place of deep surrender and humility before God. They remind us that our true hope is in Jesus and how he supplies all our needs in every moment. The growth and likeness of Christ that come when we learn how to surrender and to humble ourselves before God and others. That's growth God desires in us every day to make us more like him.
Holidays seem to be all about needs, and Christmas is no exception. As most people turn in ward, towards family, friends & food, its obvious that there are those who lack these things. While holidays can feel overwhelmed with consumption, gifts, and mass-marketed crap, they're conversely about giving. Giving back to those who have helped … Continue reading My Holiday Needs
Our natural inclination is to be so precise—trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next—that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the nature of the spiritual life. The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in … Continue reading The blessing of Gracious Uncertainty