Tracing the handiwork

When I sat on the first flight home from the Netherlands, I had 8+ hours to think about what (and who) I was leaving behind and what (and who) I was going home to. It was hard. I came home and immediately had to spring into action getting ready for school and going back to... Continue Reading →

Are you ready?

It's cool outside with a somewhat eerie whistling wind. Gas stations have their prices zeroed out signifying no more fuel. Store shelves are emptier than the church parking lot at midnight. It's pandemonium during the day, then a silence descends at night. Everything echoes: "The storm is coming." *     *     *... Continue Reading →

Coming home

Coming home. At the end of a vacation or trip away to camp, you're supposed to feel satisfied, like you had a wonderful time but are ready to come home. Coming home is supposed to feel like bringing your heart back to where it belongs. It's supposed to be the comforting return to normal life,... Continue Reading →

Intentional rest

A lot's been going on in my life as of late. (Since that last post, I've become a shift leader at Chick-fil-A as well...as you can probably imagine, this adds a fair amount of craziness.) But is that really anything new? Often there's so much going on that I forget all about resting. Or at least,... Continue Reading →

Love that overcomes

Does it ever occur to you that the foundation of the story of the world is love? Love was carried on the breath of God as He spoke the world into being. He formed each aspect of it with tender care. Love was perfect bliss in the garden of Eden, as God walked with man.... Continue Reading →

Be content

Contentment. It's something I think we would all agree is lacking in the world today, especially in first-world countries, who, ironically, have so much. Often, we equate being content with happiness. We chase happiness hoping to find contentment. How do I know we aren't just looking for happiness, as everyone says? Because happiness is fleeting. And... Continue Reading →

Confident failure

So much comes down to confidence. No, this is not a lecture on self-esteem, or a proposition that you should dig deep within yourself and find self-confidence, or anything like that. Bear with me, here. Something my Bible Quiz coach said a couple years ago that stuck with me was to stand up and give... Continue Reading →

Hopes and dreams

It's beautiful tonight. All the doors to the house are open so the cool breeze can blow through, and the inside is melded with the outside. It's quiet out here, the only sounds are palm fronds rustling in the air and crickets chirping. I've been thinking. My friends laugh when I start a sentence with... Continue Reading →

Uncertainty is not the enemy

Here’s something I’m learning: uncertainty is not the enemy. The past year has been a crazy mess of college stress as I try to figure out what I’m doing, where I’m going, and how I can afford to get there. It’s involved a lot of switching here, there, and everywhere and a lot of confusion... Continue Reading →

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