Two weeks

The last two weeks have been some of the most hectic, with the most big-ish changes in such a short time. Two weeks ago, on a Saturday, I got my nose pierced. I had talked about it for a couple of years and had never done it for every reason, and finally decided I wanted…

When the halls are filled but your home is quiet

I realized as I thought through this post, that this doesn’t just apply to me. That parents are seeing kids go back to college, and it’s weird, and hard, and maybe still doesn’t feel quite right after a year or two. That the feeling of not being there too is shared by a few of…

fullest grace upon grace

[Grace]- unmerited favor, here particularly, God’s unmerited favor Two days ago, my beloved friend Anna published a blog post on the Gospel, the Gospel of grace, which causes her to arise out of bed and move forward each day. Read her post here:¬†https://awordpress22com.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/gospel-for-the-god-forsaken/ Yesterday, I spent some time journaling with God and pondering this little…

Carry my soul

via Daily Prompt: Carry “My life is yours. My hope is in you only. And my heart you hold. ‘Cause you make this sinner holy.” All Sons & Daughters The reality of the Christian life is the truth that my soul is, and must be, carried by Jesus Himself to be safe, secure, cared for,…

changes and relationships and Jesus, too

Relationships are complicated, and hard, and messy, and awkward. Sometimes, when you meet people for the first time, you assume right away that you like them or don’t, right? We acknowledge their body language, notice their tone of voice, and look them up and down to determine their style. If we hear the right answers,…

a soul’s refreshment

I’ve set my face to sit and write about how in the last two days, my soul has been refreshed beyond reason, but I don’t know how. And I think I wish I could tell you the secret, that if you sit and study the Word and drink coffee around 8am, you’ll be set. Or…

deliberately and lovingly

After a week and a half of being home, in what felt like a hell hole, God surprised me by blessing me with a visit from my sweet fianc√© for a weekend. To explain, since I had been home following my graduation, I had been living in awkward chaos. My house is consistently full to…

how deep the Father’s love

God, I hate this. I hate that my worlds are colliding and that there’s so much going on in my heart. I hate that my parents are different from my friends here, and my friends from my parents. I hate that I have to be in this. I hate this. I hate that so much…

you’re easy to hate and I’m sorry

For a pretty long time, I hated cool people. I hated them for their exclusivity, for their feigned closeness with me, for how people seemed to love them. Cool people were easy to hate. I used to talk to the Lord about cool people being brought to a place of humility, daydreaming that everyone would…

“for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced”

2 Timothy 1:12b “You know what we are? A bunch of deadbeat criminals saved by grace.” – Butch Bennett “The grace of God has never been about my performance.” – Mike Sullivan “I am standing in grace. I am positioned in the cross.” – Scot Keen For I know whom I have believed, and I…

a letter to my home church

Hey, Mount Ararat! As I write this to you, God is reminding me of what an incredible privilege it is to know you. To see how much grace you’ve shown me as I’ve grown up, and how you’ve stayed connected with me as I’ve been studying at NTBI. Man. I’m so thankful that you’re moving…

Me and Him

Lately, within the last week, I’ve heard a lot and learned a lot about being engaged with the Lord. And this isn’t an engagement that is superficial, or only when I want answers, or to find a solution. This is companionship, and friendship, and vulnerability. This train of thinking began less than a week ago…