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12 August, 2016

I Will Not Look Back


“Don’t over-think. Just let it go.”

I recently read those words on Instagram, and they instantly grabbed ahold of me. They caused me to examine my heart, and to ask myself these questions: Have I really let go of the past? Have I completely forgiven and chosen to love those who have persecuted me and sinned against me? Have I fully allowed the Lord to heal my heart? Are my scars reminding me of the One who rescued me? And, am I actually pressing onward to become more like Christ with each new sunrise? Read More

In Trials on
2 March, 2016

6 Biblical Promises to Calm an Anxious Heart

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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 4:6-7

Anxiety—it’s a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual struggle that many of us will battle to some degree in our lives. Yet somehow, up until a few years ago, I thought I would be an exception. I watched others around me struggle with anxiety and naively thought to myself, “Anxiety, really? I won’t ever have time for that. I’ve got too many plans!” Read More

In Trials on
30 November, 2015

How to Truly Give Thanks During the Holidays


“To see the King of heaven fall
In anguish to His knees,
The Light and Hope of all the world
Now overwhelmed with grief.
What nameless horrors must He see,
To cry out in the garden:
Oh, take this cup away from me
Yet not my will but Yours.

What took Him to this wretched place,
What kept Him on this road?
His love for Adams curséd race,
For every broken soul.
No sin too slight to overlook,
No crime too great to carry,
All mingled in this poisoned cup
And yet He drank it all.”

{Gethsemane – Keith & Kristyn Getty} Read More

In Trials on
24 June, 2015

Taking Captive Every Thought


When times get tough, it’s so easy to watch our lives from the side lines and think, “This is just the way it is.” Or worse, “This is just the way I am.”

I recently heard someone attempt to explain their problems from a hopeless, Christ-less worldview. “I just can’t help it…this is the way I am,” were the words used. And I truly felt sad.

Those words made me realize how, even though we can’t always change our situation, we are still responsible for our reaction to whatever comes our way. As believers, how we respond matters and should glorify Christ. And we can start doing so by transforming our minds and changing our attitudes. Read More

In Trials on
22 April, 2014

Finding contentment in the cross, one note at a time


“You need to be okay with where you are,” my piano instructor said to me with kind eyes and an encouraging smile, lifting my spirits and giving me a glimpse of hope on a day when I needed it most.

For half of a decade, I have dreamed of sitting down to my grandmother’s Baldwin piano and playing from start to finish one of the most beautiful songs ever composed. Clair De Lune may be among the most popular pieces of classical music—and it may have been featured in countless movies throughout time—but to me, it is a work of art that puts on display just how intricately God designed us and the world we live in. I mean, how can anyone hear such gorgeous sounds and not believe in their creator? Read More

In Trials on
24 October, 2013

Falling leaves & difficult things


It was the beginning of May when I glanced outside my living room window and noticed the first signs of spring transforming the world before my eyes. The grass was greener, the sky was bluer and the lilacs were blooming in all their pink-and-purple glory.

As I observed these sweet changes taking shape around me, I naturally began dreaming of all the things I’d accomplish in the coming season—all the books I’d read, the sandy beaches I’d dip my toes into, and the friends I’d laugh and make memories with. Read More

In Trials on
24 August, 2013

Choosing to see the good in the bad


When making a list of things you’re thankful for, how often do you think of your hardships and give praise? How many times do you consider your job loss, family problems or money stress and say, “Thank you, Jesus”?

Well…almost never, right? The same goes for me.

But this morning, as I was completing Day 15 of the Growing in Gratitude Challenge from Revive Our Hearts, I realized just how much I’d been in the wrong by only giving thanks for the good. Seem strange? Read the challenge with me: Read More

In Trials on
6 July, 2013

James: failure & how to get back up


The truth is: I failed.

Not once, not twice, but several times. I have been fighting with my flesh, attempting to serve both God and my human desire to put myself first. To focus on myself. And to sin when things don’t go my way. Sound familiar?

But the truth is also this: One cannot be of the world–doing the things the world does, and thinking as the world does–and call herself a friend of God. I cannot serve two masters.

Earlier this week, after continually realizing my selfish behavior and wrong motives, I decided I’d had enough. I wanted to be done. I knew my selfishness and putting myself first needed to end, but I didn’t know how to do it. It was causing me to be moody, it was putting friction between my family and me, and it was making me absolutely miserable. Read More

In Trials on
14 May, 2013

Stop hiding from your past {Paul’s story}


Stop. What are you doing?

Why are you covering up who you’ve been? Why are you acting like you don’t have a past? Why are you pretending you can mask your scars with layer upon layer of cheap makeup?

Your scares are there—whether they’re visible or not. The most despaired person can hide behind a smile almost effortlessly. After all, didn’t someone once say that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile?

You know it’s true: Underneath all that cover-up lie deep, dark reminders of things you’ve done and things that have been done to you—things you don’t want to remember. They’re things you don’t want to relive because they hurt you. Read More

In Trials on
9 April, 2013

Painful pivots

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My life was full, rich, sweet, wonderful, and filled with expectations for greater things. Everything seemed to be going just as I had planned it to go. First A happened, then B, and before I knew it, if all continued to go smoothly, C would happen. And I would emerge successful, triumphant and finally complete and happy. And I was so close to getting what I wanted. It was within my reach and my grasp.

Or so I had thought.

But I am not the author of my life. I learned so the hard way. I learned that you cannot control your circumstances, even with a detailed to-do list and endless hours of strategizing. You cannot completely plan out the future {Proverbs 19:21}. That’s because the unexpected can happen. Read More