the day an angel came to Mary

We are acquainted in some measure with Mary, the girl "blessed...among all women" who was chosen to give birth to Jesus. One day in her young life, an angel appeared. It may have started off as a very ordinary day for Mary, though it certainly did not end that way. The angel carried to Mary... Continue Reading →

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a space for spoken words

Written words often seem to be the greatest asset. Even when I can't necessarily say what I'm thinking, I still have written words. I can blog them, email them, text them, scribble them down and look at them. Writing means I can make a thought sound exactly like I wanted it to sound, and give... Continue Reading →

hunger deeply

Come quickly— The Savior stands ready, forgiving Drink freely— His water is yours without cost Rest abundantly— In His peace, to the world, unknown Love unreservedly— For He, the Savior, loved us first Abide safely— Shadowed beneath the Almighty Seek fervently— He has promised a reward lies ahead Hunger deeply— In Him your soul shall... Continue Reading →

five methods for keeping a journal

On the subject of keeping a journal, some people can't do without it, some couldn't care less, and some aren't sure how to journal. Thankfully, writing a journal is something that's hard to do wrong, which tends to be a reason for me to enjoy the art.  The past five years have transformed my personal journaling... Continue Reading →

a reflection on living

Sophie Scholl was an ordinary girl: she grew up in a normal family, got an education, struggled to make sense of a torn-up world, and nurtured hopes and dreams in her heart. But there was more to her story. In the early 1940's, she became a part of the White Rose, an anti-Nazi activist group that her older... Continue Reading →

for the prayers you keep praying

There are certain prayers that God asks us to pray for a very long. Mercifully, God also brings us to the point, where we can't even stop praying those prayers. But although when we care about about a prayer, our hearts face temptation to grow weary. We long for answers. After all, that's why we keep praying. This week,... Continue Reading →

on being unique and authentic

I have two overarching thoughts about the fashion industry. First of all, individualistic people shop at thrift stores. For all the hype about being unique, it makes no sense to me how people shop by trends. Like I heard once, "If it comes in Small, Medium, and Large, it's not unique; it's commercial." Regardless of... Continue Reading →

authenticity

Society craves authenticity, as if honest living alongside our fellow humanity is a lost treasure. I remember the first time I realized someone asking me, "How are you?" was nothing more than an acknowledgement of my presence rather than a legitimate inquiry. They don't really intend for me to answer that. We want open, honest living together because... Continue Reading →

mindful of GOD

I've spent a quiet morning gearing up for another busy week. It's looking to be a week full of really good things- dear friends visiting, time with the church, fellowship over Scripture memory. And it will be busy. This morning, I needed quiet to focus on the Lord. The Word has a lot to say... Continue Reading →

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