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 →

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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 →

this ordinary day

I wrote about it recently- the fact that our everyday living is the thing that propels us forward. As I've discussed it with others, I've found this idea resonates in a bigger way than I had expected. So many people need to feel the same need to make sense of ordinary repetition.    *    ... Continue Reading →

paths of progress

I was honored to have the opportunity to share a guest post at Satisfied by Grace today. This blog belongs to a wonderful friend of mine, and I would encourage you to check out her writing! From time to time, we inevitably look at our lives and question whether we’re getting where we want to go. That... Continue Reading →

faith & the Mona Lisa

Suppose you viewed the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. As the most famous, valuable painting in the world, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, it would be hard not to revel in the moment- regardless of the degree to which you appreciate the art for its aesthetics. As you experienced art at its height,... Continue Reading →

again & again

The world is a repetitive place. Life moves along in days, seasons, and years. Each day we get up, eat three meals, and go to bed again only to repeat it tomorrow. King Solomon recognized this: "The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to... Continue Reading →

truth for your hard times

Where do you go when you're facing your hardest times? I've been noticing a trend lately: when people are in a difficult trial, compassion and truth are often pitted against one another. Perhaps you've noticed this, too, depicted in media and hinted at in well-meant advice. Either we sympathize with with a hurting person, or we... Continue Reading →

perfectly curated life

Social media is the perfect place to find perfect looking lives. Sometimes it feels like every Instagram account records the life of an adventurer, heart filled with beautiful dreams while inhabiting the coziest coffee shops around. It can be hard not to look at social media sometimes without wanting a life like that.  What if you had everything... Continue Reading →

how about a ‘thank you’?

When I met a well-known preacher at a conference just several weeks before turning twenty-one, he asked me if I was fifteen. That certainly was not exactly what a hoping-to-sound-mature twenty year old was looking for. In the end it didn't matter because my point in meeting him was not to talk about my age but rather... Continue Reading →

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