Tag: challenges

Blow-Up Mattresses and Broken Promises

You guys need to meet my mom. My mom is a supremely gifted and creative human being, especially when it comes to interior design and home staging.  She can turn any poorly decorated room into a beautiful work of art with just a few…

Uganda: Loving Simply and Simply Loving

Did you know that missions trips have a lot in common with surprise birthday parties? Yeah, me neither.  Until now. Think about it.  Sometimes the events of the day catch you totally off-guard, sometimes you experience anxiety, excitement, and fear all at the same…

But the Greatest of These Is Love…

It’s always funny scrolling back through my old blog posts, reminiscing about the trials and the triumphs that I’ve had to walk through over these past few years.  It’s cool to see how far I’ve come, and it’s humbling to see how far I…

It Takes A Village (To Raise a Missionary)

There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  But, over this past year, I’ve realized that it also takes a village to raise up and send out a missionary (especially a crazy and injury prone one…

Preparing for a Porn Conference: This Christian’s Walk on the Wild Side

I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth, but here it goes… In exactly one month, I will be attending a porn conference in Vancouver, Canada.   Now before anyone freaks out – or rushes over to their cell phones to…

To Sin Less or to Be Sinless: That Is the Question

Sometimes, I get so tired of being a Christian.  Literally, I get exhausted to the point of needing multiple power naps a day. This week I finally decided to sit down and ask myself, “Why the heck do I feel this way?”  If the…

And Let Us Run with Endurance

Yesterday, I ran my first trail race. I can describe the experience in two words: terribly wonderful.  “Terribly” because it was freezing and I could barely breathe the entire time.  “Wonderful” because of the adrenaline rush, the incredible views, and the satisfaction of finishing…

“An Other” Kind of Love

There are days when I would love nothing more than to throw my bible off a cliff. A really high cliff. Let’s be real.  Sometimes I don’t like what the bible says.  However, just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. …

Uncharted Territory

“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading.  The few who learn by observation.  The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”   ― Will Rogers (In case you were wondering,  I’m the kind of…

According To Plan

I have to admit, I never thought that I’d need to type a blog post with one hand, I never thought that I would’ve fractured my wrist playing soccer, and I never thought that my best friend would need to wash my hair for…

Why Terrible People Make Excellent Missionaries

I was listening to a sermon this past week and heard this quote: “Christianity is beggars telling other beggars where to find bread”  -D.T. Niles What a profound quote for a struggling legalist like me to hear.  News flash: I am not a baker…

Be Still and Know

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!” 1 Samuel 12:16 (NIV) For those of you that don’t know me that well…. “Standing still” is not something that I enjoy doing.  In fact, I…