This week in our choir we sang an upbeat version of the song, I Will Arise and Go To Jesus. During one of the practices we were laughing and cracking jokes over this line - Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream.Read More
I am broken.
The storm is blowing fierce. The waves are gathering high and crashing low. I have been fearful and afraid. The waves are tossing me about and are dashing me on the stones.Read More
Paul said he was, “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing”.
Sorrow, grief, sadness, depression, struggle, these are not words we like to make part of our every day vocabulary. We don’t like to use them to update our status, talk about them on our Instagram stories, drop them casually in conversation when someone at church asks us how we are.Read More
Count it all joy.
We see it on tshirts, and bags, and websites. We say it to each other. We study it in ladies Bible study. But what does it really mean?Read More
If you grew up in a Christian home, you might have spent hours memorizing this verse as a child. I tried so hard to get to where I could say each one of those things in order - true, honest, just, pure… and it became one of those verses that I just chanted instead of dwelt on.Read More
I’m a fixer. And a doer. And sometimes I feel like I need to do all the things. That’s a lie. I always feel like I need to do all the things. And I have some hard things in my life. So when I was making this list of truths I needed to remind myself of, I put down, I can do all things through Christ.Read More
Lately I’ve been tracking some of my thoughts and emotions, doing some journaling, just thinking about what I’m thinking about. It wasn’t long before I realized that one of the main lies I believe is that I am alone. I think about it way more than I thought I did.Read More
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
God is good.Read More
Have you ever looked around and felt like you can’t find joy anywhere?
That the burden you’re bearing is outweighing everything else in your life?
It’s amazing to me, that I could believe lies and that those lies are coming from me. But there it is. Maybe this happens to you too? I’ve been fighting against myself for a while now, trying to combat the lies one by one, trying to identify them, and it’s been exhausting.
But try as we might, we can’t seem to get away from them. Some labels we try to give ourselves. The good ones, of course. The ones that make us seem like Wonderwoman. Labels that define us in the best ways possible. Labels we try to wear to show everyone that we have it all together.Read More
We’re nearing the end of Elijah’s story.
We’ve seen his highest point on Mt. Carmel, calling down fire from heaven and defeating the prophets of Baal. We’ve seen him at his lowest, sitting by the brook, asking God to kill him because he felt so alone. And the difference in time between those two events is surprisingly small.Read More
Do you ever feel alone? Even in the middle of a big church, or in a group of friends, or with family that love you?Read More
It’s a question we all ask. And often. There are so many things about this world, about what goes on in our lives, about pretty much any situation, that we just don’t get.
And there will be those who will tell you that you shouldn’t question. That even if you do question in your heart, you should certainly never question God out loud.Read More
What is your view of God?
Do you see Him as someone ready to rain down his wrath on you whenever you make a mistake? Growing up as a christian, we would often make jokes about stepping away from someone because they were about to be hit by lightning, or that you might get a stomach ache if you ate before you prayed. Even though we were joking, those kind of thoughts can be indicative of how we view God.Read More
Do you talk to yourself?
I do. All day. In fact, if you follow me much, you’ll know that I often recommend podcasts. I listen to them a lot just to stop the voice in my head for a while.Read More
Have you ever thought to yourself, I just can’t handle this?
We throw around the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle” often in christian circles. There’s only one problem. I don’t buy it. I often feel overwhelmed and lacking in wisdom and wondering how in the world I’m going to get through something. I think God frequently gives me more than I can handle. But that’s the point.Read More
I’ve had a battle this year with my emotions feeling like a roller coaster. Up and down, happy and depressed, overwhelmed and carefree, loved and unloved. If you can name one extreme to the other, I’ve probably felt it this year. Maybe in the same day. Its partly because of this that I’ve come to love the prophet Elijah and his story. Or really, the story of God’s response to him.Read More
Everything I’ve been thinking or feeling the last couple of weeks has been leading to one word. Battle.
I hate it. I get tired. Some days I’m tired of battling my body, going to battle for other people, but mostly, battling myself. Battling my own thoughts and my own emotions. Right now my body is betraying me in the regular ways of pain and not being able to feel half of my face, but also in roller coaster emotions and periods of dark depression.Read More
Verses and encouragement and reassurances can come later, after a person is sure of your grief for them. When I was at my darkest, the songs and verses and words that came from those I knew were truly for me meant the most. Those that had walked the darkness with me were the ones that I trusted to speak into my soul.Read More