The Bible literally says to not be anxious (Philippians 4:6-7), so can I be a Christian and struggle with anxiety?Read More Can I Be a Christian if I Struggle with Anxiety?
I don’t know about you, but things have been crazy lately. Here are some passages that have been encouraging to me lately, and they bear repeating — from my heart to yours: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be […]Read More Passages of Encouragement
A few years ago, after memorizing the book of James, I decided to go back over each verse to extract a personal lesson from it. As in every book of the Bible, there are some verses that have an obvious and immediate application, whereas others take more time to think and pray. One of my […]Read More Every Gift
I remember sitting in his office. I remember a church member peeking in, “Pastor, there’s someone on the phone for you.” He told her to take a message because he was busy, was having an important conversation. That conversation was with 17-year-old-me. I treasure the memories of those hours. I wish I remembered how he […]Read More What the God of the Old Testament Wants
I am endlessly fascinated with the Israelites. I know the stories — especially the big ones: Passover, Red Sea, 10 Commandments, lots and lots of disobedience and captivity… But there’s something about the details that bring new light with nearly every read. In Deuteronomy 5, Moses repeats the 10 Commandments in the hearing of all […]Read More Missed Experiences
Like a typical teenager I struggled with FOMO throughout high school: the fear of missing out. But mine was more information focused than experiential: I didn’t want to miss out on knowing anything. I wanted to know who was dating who, what official and unofficial events were happening, and what crazy things were happening in the […]Read More When the Devil Tells the Truth
When we are excited about starting something new, we tend to jump into the deep end. This isn’t necessarily bad — sometimes it’s good to start there! But other times jumping straight into the deep end simply overwhelms us and makes us not want to be in the water at all.Read More Prayer: How to Start Praying
I am an all or nothing person — I am 100% in or will not do it at all. This is true in pretty much every aspect of life: I’m working out 6 days a week or zero, I keep to my daily to-do list completely or don’t even look at it…you get the idea. […]Read More Prayer: Why is it so Hard?
I’m honestly tired of reading articles and reflections about this spread of a deadly virus. I’m even tired of writing them. But here we are, me writing another. I think I’m tired of it because I’m tired of thinking about it. I’m tired of it taking up space in our hearts, robbing us of time […]Read More The ________ of Control
I absolutely hate romantic comedies. Actually, I hate any kind of movie or show that tries to get me to feel something. People who don’t know me very well assume it’s because of my appearance of confidence and unshakeable resolve that I find these pieces of emotional media annoying because of how emotional they are. That’s almost […]Read More How to Live by Faith (on the hard days)