Moms of Adult Children: You Still Matter

Some think that “real motherhood” occurs when one’s children are between ages 0 and 18, and then you’re kinda done with the everyday, nitty gritty grind of parenting. As if your only responsibilities consist of spoiling grand-babies and hosting the family during Thanksgiving and Christmas. But let me tell you something- Being a mom to adult “children” is no walk in the park, and it’s definitely still a full-time gig! My mom has 4 children ages 18 to 23. It’s that season where we, as young adults, are all…

Why You Should Document What God Is Doing

Recently, I found great encouragement and healing from the words and the life of a 19-year-old girl. I know, I know, most people do not typically turn to teenagers these days when seeking counsel and comfort on the major issues of life. But hey, God has a reputation for using young people in big ways throughout the Scriptures! So why not?! In recent weeks, I have been struggling with some feelings of discouragement and loneliness, feelings of uncertainty about how to approach God’s calling and…

I’m Not The Good Girl I Thought I Was: Reflections on Humility and Forgiveness

Recently, I found out that a dear friend of mine was a victim of a horrible crime. As I processed and grieved the situation with this sweet woman, I can honestly admit that I felt serious fury and anger toward her perpetrator in the hours and days to come. In the paragraphs below, my dear readers, I give you some “not-so-Christian, nice girl”, “hashtag real life” responses which ran through my mind. There is a Biblical truth which states that we are ALL sinners who…

How to Handle the Burden of Burden-Bearing

Sometimes we experience pressures, disappointments, and suffering in this life, not because of our own particular circumstances, but because we are helping and leading others through their own trials and uncertainties. As members of one family, we are told to “bear one another’s burdens”. At times, it feels like an honor to be entrusted with other’s burdens and struggles. It can feel quite rewarding to walk with people through their valleys and to watch them grow and heal. But sometimes, we take the burdens of…

“How Do I Honor Ungodly Authorities Who Lead God’s People?”

When I think about leaders that God has put in place to rule over His people, church and ministry leaders come to my mind first. If you have been part of an organized gathering of believers for very long, you most likely encountered or heard about some church leaders who rubbed people the wrong way! I don’t know what your experience was. Maybe you were belittled or verbally put down by a pastor or elder. Maybe you were excluded from a committee by some control-freaks…

When Satan Throws Shade at the Light

God has given me the opportunity to use my love of writing to share the good news of Christ with people all around the States! Thanks to the internet, Biblical inspiration and messages of hope can be shared without the barriers of distance, time, or significant costs limiting their accessibility! On July 16th, an article I wrote spread rapidly around the internet! Part of its message addressed the stronghold of rejection in a certain group of people. It took a lot of boldness and vulnerability…

Churches, Homosexuality, and Something Christians Should Know

Dear Fellow Christ Followers, About a month ago, I discovered an article about Pastor Andy Stanley regarding a statement he made recently at a conference for Christian leaders. He said: Churches should be the safest place on the planet for gay youths. No more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they’re same-sex attracted or because they’re gay. I totally agreed, as did many other Christians. Unfortunately, Stanley took serious heat from some religious individuals who did not…

Having Trouble “Feeling” the Holy Spirit?

Oh feelings! Gotta love ‘em! Those little up-and-down thoughts and emotions that seem about as stable as a rickety wooden roller coaster. I, like any other normal human, have allowed some of my feelings to shape my view of the world and life itself. Until now, I never really thought about how we as Christians look to the unstable scale of feelings to measure the degree of God’s presence with us. We say things like, “I just can’t feel Him.” “I am having a dry…

Hurt by Christians, A Church, Or People in Ministry? Struggling to Forgive? This is for You

I was surrounded mostly by Christians throughout my entire upbringing. I was in church and Sunday school every week. I grew up in a Christian school and then went off to a Christian college. “WOW,” you may be thinking, “Must have been super great to spend your whole life surrounded by Godly people who were constantly Christ-like, following Jesus, and always doing the right thing!” Uhhh…well… I am so grateful for my Christian upbringing. However, my life was not pain-free. I have been hurt, bullied,…