I said goodbye to my youth pastor yesterday. That was difficult. Even though I’ve only known him for a few years, it was still so hard. I tried to hold back tears as I thought about him leaving. And I don’t even cry at funerals. I drove away from our church pondering the reality that... Continue Reading →
Have you ever prayed and felt like God didn’t listen to your whole prayer? I have. I have received totally different answers than the ones I prayed for and I have wondered if God didn’t listen to my whole prayer. But you know what? I think we feel this way sometimes because we have some misconceptions about prayer. Sometimes we can get so focused on how we think answers to our prayer should be, that we forget who God is.
All I saw were the tattered clothes, crooked teeth, and unkempt hair. All I heard were the murmurs, nervous laughter, and brisk replies. All I felt was the discomfort, awkwardness, and potential danger. Last month, I served for the first time ever at a food pantry. I’d once helped with the behind-the-scenes work at a food pantry, but I’d never been there while people actually got their food. In short, my experience was different than I’d expected.
Not too long ago, I was a homeschooler. I know all about the homeschool lingo—in fact, I lived it every day! I know all about homeschool co-ops, tutorials, and “independent work.” I have no idea what public school is like. I’ve never ridden a public-school bus, eaten lunch in a public-school cafeteria, or heard the... Continue Reading →
*Poof* In an instant, she was gone. One of the sweetest girls I’d met at college had suddenly vanished. I had no idea what happened to her. She didn’t respond to my texts. She didn’t let me know that she’d gotten my package in the mail. She didn’t even tell me that she wasn’t coming... Continue Reading →
It’s wonderful to be ready for doing God’s work. Sometimes that “work” refers to taking a certain job, joining a certain ministry, or mending a certain friendship. However, it’s unwise to ready yourself for a relationship that isn’t part of His plan.
How can we expect to have renewal of our minds with vulgar language from music, sexual scenes from movies, and inappropriate images from social media constantly running through our minds? We can't. So is there a way we can have renewal? How can our minds be refreshed and restored?
Hi, friends! I hope you are having a wonderful winter and enjoying the weather, whether you live in the snowy mountains, the breezy beach, or somewhere in between! 🙂 It’s been several months since I released my first set of resources in Fall’s Five Favorite Finds, so if you’re looking for some more great Christian resources to explore, check these out:
All I know is commands, The calls, The constraints. All I see is rituals, The rules, The regulations. All I see is lectures, The laws, The lessons. I thought this would be good. I thought I would be free. But all that I can feel Is the weight upon me. Improve.... Continue Reading →