Take Care of Yourself

It’s crazy to me that we live in a world that is so easily able to convince us of something. Even admitting that, my immediate response is, “the world can’t convince me of anything—I know what I believe and what I think and I stick to it.” It took me a little too long to…

Love Actually is All Around

This year, for the first time in my life, I was completely unable to get into the Christmas spirit. Generally, I’ll admit, I start the holly jolly entirely too early. Just last year I cracked the vault of premature cheer in mid-October, when I realized they were already releasing new Hallmark Channel Christmas Classics. It…

Letters To Me

Life is so funny. One day you are great, the next you’re not. Seasons change in a split second. Sometimes they last a month, sometimes a year, and sometimes they never seem to end. I’ve tried to figure it out, like there is some algorithm for which days are going to be good ones and…

Live Colorfully

  For months, I have avoided it. I tried to stay off of social media, and I didn’t want to read the articles or watch the news broadcasts. I continued to push aside any thoughts or feelings brought on by the never ending airing of the culmination of life. I knew these weren’t my stories…

The Purpose of This

I would argue that in life, it is easiest to overlook the small things, the short things, and the seemingly meaningless things. After all, how can something so tiny have such a big impact? While I am completely guilty of overlooking the simplest lessons of everyday life, once in a while God will open my…

The Bookshelves

The final days of my trip to Uganda consisted of pure, lighthearted adventure. The other voyagers and I traveled up to the northern Nile and stayed in Murchison Falls National Park. The African savannah is absolutely beautiful and nearly surreal. To physically be in a place I had only read about as a little girl…

Little Red Dots

It is mind-boggling to me how quickly things in life can change. In a matter of seconds, everything can be different: one moment you are a child, the next an adult, one moment you are single, the next engaged, one moment you are a renter, the next a home owner, one moment you are a…

The Pain of the Plant

  Of all the lessons and certainties God has made known to me, there is one which seems to stand out above the rest. I do not believe this is because it is the most important, but rather the concept I have the hardest time accepting. Whenever some plan or dream goes awry the Lord…

The Beauty of Grace

Through times of hardship, days of joy, trials of life, and every experience in between, there has been one fact I have come to accept as truth: our God has a matchlessly glorious sense of humor. This, of course, is not Biblical—at least I don’t think it is. The scripture does not say that God’s…