My kids teach me something everyday. Life with children is certainly an adventure. Last night as I was giving my last round of snuggles to my five-year old and tucking him in for the night, I said the words I so often say to him. "Goodnight mighty man of God. Do you know you will … Continue reading Identity
I was 18 years old and had a brief crisis of faith. I'd been raised in church and had served God faithfully the majority of my life. Life is still "life" and sometimes hits us with curve balls we don't expect. It just so happened for me that all those curve balls knocked me flat. … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Pregnancy and I Gave My Baby Away
Maybe if we as a church would spend more time focusing on the person next to us than we do on our own problems or even on what we think we have to offer, things might be different. Maybe if we quit waiting on the Pastor or church leadership to do all the work and instead we step up and fill in the gaps, the ministry would be more effective. Josiah found himself in the book of the law that day and it changed him. It caused him to realize his utility was not just as a ruler, but as an encourager. He led a nation to repentance through service. Perhaps it’s time we follow his example. So often, we’ve looked at all of the things we think exclude others from ministry rather than finding their gifting and encouraging them in it. As we encourage and equip them, they draw closer to Christ and the negatives often fall away. We all have rough edges that need to be sanded down over time. Let’s stop focusing on the edges so much and start advocating for the heart. Let’s stop condoning sinfulness in church while casting stones at the folks outside. Let’s restore true worship again where we lose ourselves in wonder at a God who sees us, broken and fallible, and adores us anyway. Let’s follow his lead and radically love those we deem despicable. Maybe we can begin to see their hearts instead of their actions. Maybe we can find the person, whom God loves unconditionally, instead of focusing on the outside appearance. We believe God saves us through faith and not through our works, yet we judge the works of those who haven’t yet come to know Him and forget to love. If you want to change the world, do it…one word of encouragement at a time.
True peace is a gift that no one should ever have the right to snatch away.
What does it mean to be modest? The dictionary defines it as "behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency." Churches have defined it based on 1 Timothy 2:9-10, "in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls … Continue reading Does Modesty Matter?
The collective voice of our cultural paradigm can be heard from sea to shining sea. We are reminded that hate is never the answer, that bullying is prevalent and tragic and that our differences should be celebrated rather than used for purposes of division or judgement. The most well-known passage of scripture at one time … Continue reading Why I’m Choosing not to Teach my Children “Tolerance”
Have you ever read something that's going viral that you agree with completely and then you can't get it out of your head? Not because it was any new concept or trans formative thought, but because you're suddenly struck by the notion that it isn't common sense to the mass populace. You realize that the … Continue reading When You Stop and Think About It
Everyone knows the benefits of exercise. Doctors, health & nutrition experts, personal trainers, magazine articles, advertisers and celebrities have been telling us for years that if we want to be healthy, we have to work it. For me, that fact alone has done very little to persuade me to get up & move, or worse yet...step … Continue reading Why I Do & Don’t Work Out