There are moments that I don’t know why I am where I am. I don’t know why I’m at this school so far from my family, taking classes that often feel irrelevant; working towards a major I’m no longer certain of and a future I don’t know how to bring into existence. Moment by moment […]


Mental Illness

Christianity Isn’t  ‘Insta Pretty.’ Picture this: A group of young women meet up for a Bible study. Upon arrival, each of them orders their caffeinated beverage of choice (in a mug, of course) as they scope out the coffee shop for the best table (near natural lighting, naturally). Once their Bibles, journaling Bibles and coffee mugs […]


Spiritual Growth

I used to think that the Lord kept me away from high mountain tops out of fear. I figured He thought that I would love the view more than I loved Him. I would get half way up and think, “I’ve made it this far, but I can’t keep going. I’m too weak. I don’t […]


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One of the consequences of living in the rural Midwest is the unmistakable backyard menace – the Canadian goose. My goodness, my desire for all animals to love me does not apply to this horrid creature. Geese are such strange things. They waddle their way into every free area, and set up camp. Not only […]


Spiritual Growth

Who is God?  What is He really like?  How on earth is it possible to have a relationship with God? These are questions I struggled with for a long time.  No matter how much I wanted to know God (or wanted to want it), no matter how hard I tried to do the right things, I […]


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The table is set. The candles flicker their warm light, the smell of baking turkey fills the house. The plates line the table, forks, spoons. Décor with red and orange leaves are at the center. Laughter and the sound of conversation wafts through the air. There are sounds of spoons and clinking forks touching the china. The […]


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Philippians 4:6-7 says: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Be anxious for nothing.  How is that even possible? The plane ride over the […]


Spiritual Growth

image source It’s an old worn chair, one I bought for $20 at a thrift store years ago. But it always sits in the corner of my bedroom, covered in blankets of all colors, surrounded by books and bible studies, lit a tiny desk lamp. And it’s where my days have been starting lately.  First […]


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I grip the handle of the pitcher, a gift from my sweet cousin after her visit as a thank you for our hospitality. It reads simply, “Grace and gratitude.” I traced the design of the wheat, the dot pattern, and each letter, as if trying to remember. That day, I felt neither gracious nor grateful. […]


Spiritual Growth

Why should I study the Bible? What’s the point? Why is it relevant? The bible is the LIVING WORD OF GOD. It’s full of life. It’s fluid, meaning that it interconnects in different ways and new revelation is always being given by the Holy Spirit. Somehow, after 2,000 years, we still don’t know everything about […]


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I’ll be honest. I went through a bit of a grumpy season earlier this year. Do you have those moments when you get a bit of vision, a glance of a dream, and all you want to do is run toward it? But instead, you turn around and run straight into a wall? That was […]


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In 2 Kings 6:1-7, there’s a very interesting little story.  There’s really nothing that precedes it or comes after it to show us why it’s actually in the bible. Elisha is living in a kind of barracks for prophets, and one of them tells him that they want to move to a bigger place.  So […]


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Have you ever had one of those days [or weeks, more like] where every time you scroll through Instagram or Facebook you are amazed by all of the incredible things your friends and people you admire are doing? One person posts a picture from their incredible trip to London, the next friend announces an internship […]


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