One More Thing I’m Not Thankful for This Thanksgiving

I am not saying that God caused the coronavirus. I am saying that God allowed the coronavirus because He let sinful humans with a freewill choose to sin. (I won’t get into the blame game of who caused the coronavirus because that’s a discussion for another time.) As a pastor recently explained to me, the Fall caused a lot of unpleasant consequences for sinful humanity, including illness and death. But I believe God can still use this messy situation for good…if we let Him.

Why Your Body Is Perfect Just the Way It Is

Do you ever get tired of hearing that you have to be a smaller size? In order to be considered “okay” in today’s culture, you have to firm up your abs, get rid of your fat, tighten your butt, sculpt your arms, fit into those skinny jeans, and do it all with a smile on your face! If you’re tired of hearing it—and hearing it—maybe you need to stand your ground, rebel, and go against the tide. There is so much more to you than just a size or a number.

2 More Things I’m Not Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Maybe Thanksgiving is going to be especially hard this year. Perhaps you’re going through something really difficult and don’t feel like being thankful. But God’s unchanging nature and His promise to sustain the righteous are two reasons that we can—and should—still be thankful to Him. Even if you’re experiencing frequent life changes or facing adulthood, like me.

5 Practical Ways to Show Gratitude

It’s that wonderful time of year again—Thanksgiving. This is an exciting day of family togetherness, celebration, and delicious food. I can’t wait to catch up with my relatives and eat my mom’s delicious apple pie. I can almost hear the loud chatter of conversing family members and taste the sweet, gooey pie. However, one difficult... Continue Reading →

From Green to Grateful

She seemed to have it all. You know what I mean. She (I'll call her Raegan) was obviously gifted. She could play music by ear and sing like a professional. Her hair was wavy and golden, her smile was contagious, and her laugh was obnoxiously perfect. For a time, Raegan and I were friends. But... Continue Reading →

Remembering the Tough Times

If only we could be on top of the world forever. Big name and big bucks. I haven’t gotten very high on the success hill (according to the world’s standards), but when I did start climbing the hill, I rolled back down very quickly. Simply put, you can’t be on top of the world forever... Continue Reading →

Pies and Promises

When I hear about Thanksgiving, I immediately think of pie—my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Apple or pumpkin. Warm. Crusty. Sweet. Pumpkin with whipped cream and apple with ice cream. Yes please…. You probably think you know what this post is about. You probably think I’m going to say something cliché, like, “But there’s more to Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →

Thanking Our Maker

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” How terribly wrong. For example, when you eat half a big bag of white cheddar popcorn in one sitting (not that I’ve ever done such a thing), you never want white cheddar popcorn again. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience with raspberries,... Continue Reading →

Watching Fireworks

The little boy stared in awe at the colorful firework show in the sky. His eyes were glued to the bright sparkles, glimmering above him. A couple nights ago, we went to a minor league baseball game. The actual game was pretty dull, but it was a fun social experience. I got to walk around,... Continue Reading →

Forgetting the Good Gifts

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17, NKJV). I read this verse today, and I felt very convicted. Why? Because I am utterly horrible at remembering this verse. In fact, I’m extremely... Continue Reading →

Bouncy Curls and Meaningful Hymns

My youth pastor said that worship is more than just singing the words. We need to be thinking about the words. When I sit down every week after we’ve sung a few praise songs in church, my though process is similar to this: Seriously? Did I really just zone out for all of those songs?... Continue Reading →

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