Depressed. Alone. Defeated. How many times have you trudged through your day under the heavy burden of these feelings? For me, it has been far too many to count. If you have walked this journey, or are currently walking it, then you’ve probably found yourself many times asking, “Where is God in all of this?” … Continue reading Where is God when I’m Depressed?
Nothing speaks to my heart like a good object lesson—particularly when that object lesson comes to me out of the blue, almost as if God were downloading it straight from his heart into mine as I take in the world around me. Let me give you an example from a recent experience. I was sitting … Continue reading Through the Faded Reflection (Fix Your Eyes on Jesus)
One year from now, I want to be able to look back on 2019 with a sense of satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment. That sounds like a vague answer, but truthfully, I think it’s just as simple as that...
Not long ago, Ryan and I discussed how some of our recent conversations had taken on an unnecessarily negative tone. Ryan, in particular, has always been a passionate advocate for taking a positive outlook on life, and so this was a strange place to find ourselves in. It wasn’t that either of us had intentionally been steering our conversations in a downbeat direction, but somehow, it seemed we had wandered off the more positive path without realizing it.
Each day this month I will be answering one question from these December Journal Prompts. Day 26: What are some areas you’d like to see yourself grow in next year? Recently, I was asked which of the fruits of the spirit (found in Galatians 5:22-23) I thought I most needed to grow in at this point … Continue reading Getting Ready for Growth
A few days ago, I wrote about some truly magical Christmas memories from my childhood. In that post I shared that, to me, Christmas means family. In fact, every childhood memory that I hold in my heart centers around family, because in my upbringing, family was immensely important and fiercely cherished.
Each day this month I will be answering one question from these December Journal Prompts. Day 24: Summarize Philippians 2:5-11 in your own words and how it makes you feel. MY SUMMARY Lots of people give the advice, “just be yourself.” The problem with this advice is that it leans on the deceptive hearts and wavering … Continue reading A Better Way: My Personal Summary of Philippians 2:5-11
Day 23: List 10 words you would use to describe Jesus. 1) Faithful. “Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.” – Isaiah 11:5 (NIV). The word “faithful” has been on my mind a lot lately...
Becoming a mom has changed my perspective on a lot of things this year. I always knew that moms had a hard job, but this year I felt that in a very real way! Suddenly I could identify with so many things that I had never understood before—like how hard it is to get to church on a Sunday morning when your baby’s sleep patterns don’t match the church’s service schedule!
There are a lot of ways I could answer this question. I could talk about how God has richly blessed us with a healthy baby girl, or how He provided for us financially this year while I was on maternity leave. I could talk about...