Love is a complicated infrastructure.
A thing you are either building up or letting fall into decay.
What makes it strong are the deeds done in the everyday walk of life.
What makes it beautiful is two unique people coming together and making their own unique kind of love.
It doesn’t come from textbooks or formulas, or to-do lists.
You’ve probably seen my parents from afar, either online here..
Let’s say that you’re at a time in your life where you could be in a relationship that leads to marriage. What are you doing to prepare for that role? It is an important stage in your life and you will probably (with God’s hand) be married for the rest of your life. But if we are headed for such a huge blessing and responsibility, then what are we to do to prepare for that?
What are you worth? If you were put up on an auction block today, what kind of price would you fetch? What dollar amount would equate to your value?
Do you think you are worth a hundred dollars? Or maybe ten thousand? A million? Surely you don’t think you’re worth a billion dollars, right? Come on! What kind of narcissistic psychopath are you?
Have you ever thought of yourself as being worth $5 million before? How would you treat an object you owned if was valued at $5 million?
Earlier this spring I was hired by an amazing ministry to be a youth counselor in the beautiful Redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. I left in June and enjoyed a brutal, beautiful, difficult, amazing, summer with 40 other staff members and hundreds of kids.
The reason I say it was difficult and wonderful at the same time is because it was. I grew in many ways I thought..
“But everyone else is wearing it, mom! I don’t want to stand out like a super weirdo,” I said through distressed tears.
This was me having a small meltdown. Scratch that. A major meltdown.
My mom wasn’t super excited about the shirt I was wearing and was encouraging me to put on something more modest. I was thirteen years old at this point and didn’t care about modesty at all. I wasn’t..
The car pulled in the driveway, I got out and walked into the house and went up to my room. I looked in the mirror at myself and let out a heavy sigh. How could I have left the house looking that way?
Why are my legs so big?
Why is my hair so flat?
Why can’t I keep a clear face?
The list of what was wrong with my image ran through my mind a million miles per hour. I couldn’t stop judging myself..
I was sitting in the nose bleed section with thousands of women in attendance.
This conference had all the motivational speakers, power packed content, and an energy that sparked action. It was busy, alive, and brought powerful “aha” moments.
Yet it was in one of the quieter moments that my soul was stirred – through a song sung by a woman whose voice graced me with penetrating stillness. Standing in awe, soul resonating, tears flowing, I soaked in God’s presence through these words…
In today’s society it seems as though singleness is a curse. Our world portrays singleness as a condition of loneliness, doomed to the unfortunate. But I challenge this notion by saying that one can be single, and not be lonely. When you’re busy pursuing the kingdom, you don’t have time to be lonely.
If we are not careful, singleness can challenge our self-worth because of thoughts like… “if..
Married life. No one knows what it is like until they’ve been married. It can be rewarding, promising, challenging and surprising in many ways. Right now, you’re either single or in a relationship and all you know is your day-to-day life. But did you know that your future husband needs to hear from you right now? From the girl that you are on this day. He wants to know what you’re like. What..
If you’re a Christian you’ve heard it a million times: Trust in the Lord
We all know it’s easier said than done. For me, I like to be in control so trusting does not come easily. I love to plan and I love to know. When I was five years old I dreamed of becoming a party and wedding planner. Sometimes it just about kills me to not know what lies ahead—but when I think about it—where’s the fun in actually knowing? The mystery of what’s to come should ignite us with wonder. God mostly calls us to trust in Him because it shows our faithfulness to Him, but more than that, trusting in Him allows for a deeper bond between us and our Creator.
I will be the first to admit that trusting in God’s plan is difficult, but it is also life changing.