God Can Use the Unexpected

Even though disappointment hit me hard recently, that doesn’t mean I have an excuse to curl up in a ball and pout. God is working in ways I can’t always observe or understand, but His plan is at work. He can use me—and you—even in our disappointment.

Stuck

Here I am once again In the middle of my sin.   Why can’t I stay away From this dark and dismal place?   I can’t see any light Coming from his path of lies.   Only I am to blame For returning to this place.   I don’t know why I ran Back into... Continue Reading →

The Real Reason I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

There are so many things I need to do that I’m not doing. I need to do more, try harder, be better…but I’m not. If I set New Year’s resolutions for 2019, I’ll set myself up to fail. I can’t and won’t live up to my standards—or even God’s standards. As soon as I look away from my list of resolutions—or maybe even while I’m still writing them—I’ll fail.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

In Christian circles, Halloween can feel like a controversial subject. Sadly, we don't often talk about it. Some believers seem to want to avoid it and its implications. They simply slap a label on it as either “acceptable” or “unacceptable.”
But there is more to Halloween than gooey candy and cute costumes. There is also more to Halloween than evil witches and creepy goblins.

When the Future Looks Better than the Present

I have a friend (who I’ll call “Taylor”) who always wants to do the next exciting thing in her life. In the past, she has often been looking forward, as she has planned out her future and dreamed about what lay ahead of her. However, she has never seemed to be content in the present.... Continue Reading →

Movie Review for “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”

Louis saw God as the source of his suffering in the prison camps and wanted nothing to do with Him. When the PTSD became too difficult to handle, he drank alcohol. But it led him to his downfall. He was only able to see his circumstances clearly when he turned to Christ and trusted Him for salvation. He realized that God did not cause his pain but allowed it so that Louis could come to know Him.

3 Life Lessons I Learned This Summer (and Am Still Learning)

To be brutally honest, this summer wasn’t easy for me. It was a rollercoaster of anxiety, happiness, fear, discouragement, excitement, frustration, eagerness, and doubt. But I’m still here. I survived Summer 2018. 🙂 And I learned a few life-changing lessons along the way:

What Disappointment Taught Me About Dreaming Big

I felt a twinge of jealousy crawling up my spine as I stared at the words on my computer screen. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. A friend of mine had just received her very first book contract. Why hadn’t I received a book contract? I just couldn’t figure out what I was missing. Was I not doing enough? Was it simply not the right time for me to be a published author? Would it ever be the right time? How many articles and blog posts did I have to write until it was the right time? And then I began to realize the truth of the matter.

One Thing to Remember During Spiritual Dryness

Church…blah, blah, blah.
Bible study…blah, blah, blah.
Prayer…blah, blah, blah.
Worship…blah, blah, blah.
Quiet time…blah, blah, blah.
Do you ever feel like you’re living a blah spiritual life?
I definitely do. I’ve been a Christian since I was a little girl, so I’ve learned how I should act and what I should do as a Christian.
But sometimes I feel tired of doing the "right" things...

What Good Friday Means for Us Today

My sins hung Him on a splintering wooden cross so that the world could watch His pain and mock Him relentlessly.
My sins cast Him into utter darkness—a world full of loneliness, shame, misery, gloom, frustration, rage, anguish, sorrow, despair, rejection, and pain.
Why would the King of Light dwell in the world of darkness?

From the Depths of the Pit

I was falling Slipping Sliding Drowning Sinking deep.   Trapped in the deepest Loneliest Darkest Gravest Lowest pit   I shouted Pleaded Begged Cried Called Your name.   You have listened Watched Loved Seen Heard my voice.   My cry for strength Love Grace Freedom Help   You said, “Don’t worry Struggle Wonder Doubt Fear.”... Continue Reading →

3 Things to Remember about Prayer-A Guest Post

Have you ever prayed and felt like God didn’t listen to your whole prayer?
I have. I have received totally different answers than the ones I prayed for and I have wondered if God didn’t listen to my whole prayer. But you know what?
I think we feel this way sometimes because we have some misconceptions about prayer. Sometimes we can get so focused on how we think answers to our prayer should be, that we forget who God is.

The 3 Greatest Fears of Homeschoolers

Not too long ago, I was a homeschooler. I know all about the homeschool lingo—in fact, I lived it every day! I know all about homeschool co-ops, tutorials, and “independent work.” I have no idea what public school is like. I’ve never ridden a public-school bus, eaten lunch in a public-school cafeteria, or heard the... Continue Reading →

Winter’s Five Favorite Finds

Hi, friends! I hope you are having a wonderful winter and enjoying the weather, whether you live in the snowy mountains, the breezy beach, or somewhere in between! 🙂
It’s been several months since I released my first set of resources in Fall’s Five Favorite Finds, so if you’re looking for some more great Christian resources to explore, check these out:

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