2017 – Perspectives | 2018 – Reach

This year changed me. I hope there is never an ending of a year when I cannot say those words. In 2017, I learned to open wide my heart to the unexpected things God was doing in my life. Instead of holding back my heart, with iron-walled defenses against the possibility of hopes being dashed,... Continue Reading →

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 →

At the edge of eternity

This past week in the Netherlands I was a guest member of the teen Bible camp run by the missionaries. It was a mentally and physically tiring week, but it was so worth it to get to be with these incredible teens and staff members. Thursday night we ended with a campfire song and testimony... Continue Reading →

More real to me

One of the most pressing questions we often have about things in life is Is it real? When we are scared, we want to know if the threat is real. When we are presented with a new idea or a crazy sounding story, we demand to see the evidence before we will believe it is real. When... 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 →

2016, the year of peace

I'm one of those people who enjoys looking back. I like remembering, and tracing the pieces and how they connect. I remember how I felt and what I was crying out to God about at various points in time. And most of all, I love seeing how He grew and changed me, how His hand... 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 →

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