Tag: missions

When Life Gets a Little Messy

Every New Year’s Eve, I ask God to give me one specific thing to focus on for the year.  Sometimes He gives me a verse, a word, or a phrase.  That way, no matter what the year has in store or how messy life…

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…

Is It Well With My Soul?

I have always loved the classic hymn, It Is Well With My Soul.  It’s a beautiful [and famous] song that’s sung in most Christian churches around the globe.  It’s filled with lyrics that speak of surrender, peace, and complete trust in a God Who…

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…

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…

Shockproofing Sin: One F-Bomb at a Time

There’s a question thats been floating around in my head these past few days… It’s been driving me crazy, and it demanded an answer. Why are Christians so shocked when a fellow sinner… sins?  I mean, think about it.  Say you’re sitting in church,…

Late Nights, Drunk Girls, and Fuzzy Blankets

I have always struggled to believe in coincidences. When I was growing up, I found it easier to believe in a perfectly orchestrated world where everything happened for a reason (even when I didn’t understand why) and nothing happened by chance.  Over the years,…

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 Golden Rule

I hate cliches. They frustrate me, mostly because there is so much truth to them—but also because they are overused and thrown around by people to the umpteenth degree. But hey, everything happens for a reason, right? Over the course of these past few…

Ants in My Pants

Before I even jump into this next blog post, I’d like to quickly open up with a little disclaimer. (What I am about to say is not to throw myself a pity party, nor is it to make you guys feel bad for me. …