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In Trials on
17 February, 2016

The struggle is part of the story


What do you do when something you’ve held close to your heart is ripped apart from you? What do you do when everything you have placed your hope and security in is swept out from underneath you like a rug, leaving you hopeless on the floor, asking, “Why, God?”

As dramatic of a description as that may seem, I know what it feels like to lose out on a dream, what it feels like to lose someone I love, what it feels like to be afraid of what the future may hold. And for me, even though those times can be unimaginably painful, they can also be a fresh beginning and a chance to truly trust God and give him the pen of my life’s story—including my love story, my financial story, my ministry story and most of all my faith story. 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
9 April, 2013

Painful pivots

Female hand holding a pen and writing a plan in a planner


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

In Trials on
10 April, 2012

God knows better than I do

Do you ever feel like your prayers go unanswered? Have you ever thought that maybe God has something else for you other than what you’ve been asking for? Something that will answer your prayers, but not the way you want him to? Perhaps that’s because he’s got even better plans for your life than what you could imagine.

I’ve experienced this multiple times within the last few years, and even within the last few weeks. In one instance, I’d prayed for so long that God would make something happen in my life that I thought would be simply perfect. Read More

In Marriage & Love on
29 March, 2012

Someone’s gotta say it: purity is hard work

Ever since last night I have felt a tug on my heart to talk about purity and walking with Christ in every aspect of our lives, including dating relationships.

I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night because of it. I went to bed later than usual and woke up way earlier than I needed to. I ended up praying about ways to pen the words I want to scream on the rooftops to all young people and all unmarried people. I want to do it with wisdom. And I don’t claim to know everything.

I also don’t claim to be perfect or sinless, but I do know that the bible calls us to purity in the scriptures, and that it is absolutely what we should strive for. I recognize that it is SO hard in our culture to stand firm when it comes to this topic. Movies, music, magazines, peer pressure and the Internet make it almost impossible to walk on a straight path when it comes to keeping ourselves and honoring our bodies as the scriptures beckon us to (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 is a good reference if you don’t know what I’m talking about). Read More