July 28, 2020

I am a liar. I am selfish. I struggle with jealousy. I think bad thoughts. I am a sinner.

I’m actually the worst sinner there has ever been.

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, a...

July 6, 2020

When I was a teenager, I used to think of ways to reinvent myself. It was especially something I thought of over summer break. I’d get a new haircut. I’d wear some different clothes or shoes than I normally would. I might even convince myself to do things I normally wouldn’t. Most things didn’t stick because they just weren’t me and it was easier to just be myself than try to be someone else.

Looki...

May 27, 2019

I remember opening a cassette tape as a kid in 1996 and pulling out the lyrics sheet to learn the words as quickly as I could for Leann Rimes’ album “Blue.” My mom allowed me to play it in the car when it was just us so we could learn the songs together. That’s one of my favorite memories. I LOVED that album and I loved that my mom and I could share it together.

Music has such a power over us. It a...

February 8, 2019

When I was a kid, I would hear the story of Jesus and wonder why in the world he would let people be mean to him and not do anything about it. I would think how much of a pansy he seemed to be. Why wouldn't he just fight back when they were hitting him with a whip and beating him senseless? Didn't he have any power at all?

It took me a long time to sort through my confusion and realize just how pow...

May 27, 2018

Today, Ireland voted to legalize abortion. At first, when reading the news, I got angry. I wanted to tweet some nasty things because I'm only human. Before I hit Send though, I knew I needed to pray and think it through first. See, it really makes me mad, like fighting-mad as people around here would call it, when someone says they're okay with aborting babies. I have a 2-year-old and if anyone ha...

February 28, 2018

I’ve done many things in my life I’m not proud of. I’m not going to name them here because I don’t want to. I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will be willing to tell you my “secrets” and some of them will probably be true. But you all know we’re none perfect. And what’s even better than that is that someone who was perfect sacrificed himself so that we could be made perfect in our Heaven...

February 17, 2018

One time, in middle school, I was crazy about this boy. I thought he was SO cute and I wanted to be his girlfriend more than anything! (Insert rolling eyes emoji here.) I got up the nerve to call him on the phone and he told me that he would "go out with me" if I would find some way to make it to his baseball game that night. (I know, stupid, right?) So, I asked just about everyone I knew to take...

February 2, 2018

One of the last things Jesus tells his disciples before His crucifixion is that He has a new commandment for them. He says, "...Love one another. Just as I have loved you, love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35). This is so powerful to me. Jesus is saying that if you show love for others, people will know that you a...

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