Tag: hope

Death Grip: Letting Go of the Rope

Did you ever play the game Tug-O-War as a kid? If you haven’t, it’s a game where you and some friends stand on opposite sides of a long heavy rope, gripping it and “tugging” on it as hard as you can until one team…

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…

Desperate

We all have a story. We all have a past that is full of joy, hurt, sin, triumph, and brokenness.  Our stories define who we are today, they shape our personalities and our characters, and they guide us down different paths.  I’ve had the…

When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle

This may come as a surprise to most of you, but… I love grocery shopping. Well, actually wait.  Let me rephrase that.  I love food. In all seriousness though, I love getting to stroll through the aisles of Publix while basking in the vastness of…

Facebook, I’m Breaking Up With You

“When something becomes so important to you that it drives your behavior and commands your emotions, you are worshipping it.” – J.D. Greear “Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair.  It needs women who know…

Being You-er Than You

2 + 2 equals  4… but so does 3 + 1… Just because someone may do things a little bit differently than you, doesn’t mean they are doing it wrong.  This has taken me years to understand, and I think I’m just beginning to…

Naked and Afraid

We’ve all experienced it at least once in our lives. That embarrassing moment you just can’t seem to shake out of your mind.  Maybe it was that moment when you were spending quality time with friends, telling them a fantastic joke or sharing an…

Let’s Get Dirty

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round…

The Blog Post That Everyone Hated

I’m warning you now—you are not going to like this blog post. This blog post is not filled with politeness or political correctness.  It is not filled with flattery or superficial clichés that are meant to keep you comfortable.  It is not a “feel…

When a “Good Christian Girl” Has a Bad Day

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong? Maybe you caught every single red light while running late to a meeting, maybe a bottle of your favorite red nail polish spilled all over your white carpet, or maybe…

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…

The Only Way out Is Through

Several years ago, my lovely sister Melissa (aka: Angel Princess) got a tattoo in Arabic that says, “the only way out is through.”  Most of our family’s ethnicity is rooted in the Syrian and Lebanese cultures, so I thought the tattoo was really awesome.  But…