Happy May Day! As you begin trading out the sweaters for t-shirts and the coats for windbreakers, may you feel the Holy Spirit clothing you in your new attire for the coming season! Perceiving with open eyes and receiving with open hands the new thing He is doing within and through me has been my experience the last few weeks … Continue reading Finishing with Excellence
I am so far from God's standard of faithfulness, integrity, purity, and humility that David sang in this psalm would bring His reciprocated qualities. Yet, when He gazes at me, He sees the radiant robes of righteousness He died to wrap around me.
Paul instructed the church in Rome to honor each other above themselves. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Roman 12:12-13 My design is to bring the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth; my calling is to live … Continue reading Sincere Love
After the standard "hurry up to wait" procedure at the airport, my travel mates Donna, Morgan, and I boarded our 10-hour flight from Chicago to São Paulo, Brazil. It was a seamless immigration procedure, adding another beautiful stamp to the passport! (Shoutout to Pops driving us Cedar Rapids to Chicago!) Rainbow Tunnel in Chicago O'Hare … Continue reading Welcome to Brazil! Bem-vindo ao Brasil!
"My life has not fit into any real pattern, other than the fact that anything anybody else could not do or would not do God would drop into my spirit, and I would do it. Sometimes God sent me to a pastor, sometimes to a king, sometimes to a church that was praying. But everywhere … Continue reading I Am Sending You…
If you haven't seen the update posted to my social media pages, I have published my first book! The Lord be glorified for the completion of this work, for I needed His help every step of the way! It is a special revelation that deepens each time when I experience over and over again how … Continue reading I’m Savoring this One: First Published Book!
The burning message in my heart to share is hope. As the flower that finds its way up through cracks in the concrete, this hope comes from a place of trial. We wouldn’t know the anchor of hope for our soul without being hard-pressed on all sides by trouble. From news media highlighting “the sky … Continue reading Hope in these Times
To learn a lesson we usually have to live through the experience. Our parents and teachers will sound like a broken record repeating a truth we'd do well to live by. For some reason it takes living through the roller coaster to truly grasp what they were trying to tell us all along! Imagine for … Continue reading Prayers Up, Head Down
One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is knowledge. In sharing about the Enneagram personality test, I hope to empower your life by the self-actualization this resource can bring! Like any tool, it is not the be all, end all. The greatest danger I've seen (and at times, personally experienced) is making … Continue reading What’s All This Enneagram Hype?
It's the simple pleasures, isn't it? One of my favorite little joys is opening a Yogi tea bag, plopping the leaves into steaming water, and following the string to cup the tag and read the short quote printed on one side. (It's almost like cracking open a Chinese fortune cookie, but you don't feel uncomfortably … Continue reading The Slow Way
The pilot's voice booms over the intercom: "I have good news and bad news. The bad news is we're lost; the good news is we're making great time!" Doesn't that ring so true in our busy, busy lives?? When we accidentally hit that pause in the hustle, we look around and wonder where we're even … Continue reading Busy Busy
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) After spending a tumultuous year abroad on the mission field, I clung to this promise from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. “Our present sufferings” for me was the feeling of being misunderstood, … Continue reading There Is Victory