• The Christmas promise
    Christmas,  faith

    The Christmas Promise

    Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45 NIV) Sometimes we go through difficulties or hardships that seem to never end. Maybe even our faith gets shaken, as we question whether God will create a breakthrough. When Elizabeth saw the young, pregnant Virgin Mary walking down the road toward her home, I can only imagine what went through her mind. An angel of the Lord visited both women with the good news that they were supernaturally pregnant. Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, had struggled with infertility their whole marriage, yet the Lord considered them righteous (Luke 1:6-7). This is how the…

  • why prayer is not a waste of time
    faith,  Prayer

    Why Prayer is Not a Waste of Time

    On what should’ve been a quiet, peaceful Sunday morning, our nation was rattled by the tragic news of a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Over two dozen are dead and many have been injured. In the face of such tragedy, many of us rally together in prayer and peaceful vigils. However, some people on social media are saying that prayers are useless. They don’t do anything to help, and therefore, a waste of time. As a Christian who believes deeply in the power of prayer, these statements really made me pause to think. If you’re on the fence about prayer, or are just worn down by all…

  • How to Find Your Self Worth
    confidence,  faith,  recovery

    How to Find Your Self Worth

    This is going to sound totally cliché, but I had a real “God moment” at Chick Fil A a couple of weeks ago. While I waited for my food, I noticed an older woman sitting in a wheel chair. My heart just melted. For some reason she reminded me of my grandma, who passed away last year. The woman and I introduced ourselves and discussed flowers. As I was leaving the restaurant, she said something that caught me off guard: It’s nice to know you.  How many people do we meet everyday, yet we don’t even really know or see their worth?  At that moment, when I looked into the…

  • Christians, It's Okay to Grieve
    faith,  Grief

    Christians, It’s Okay to Grieve

    Christians can be some of the most encouraging, helpful people on earth. But when it comes to grief, we have a lot of work to do. Since my grandma died last summer, I find myself stumbling across Christian blog posts and advice about “overcoming grief” or “finding joy” instead of pain. It can be very tempting to encourage others to fly past their grief. Believe me, I know. But it does more harm than good. I don’t want to blame my fellow Christians here though. I think American culture has ingrained a tough, busy exterior in us that doesn’t really allow the process of grief. But did you know that…

  • Look toward Jesus to beat fear.
    anxiety,  faith

    In a Boat With Fear and Jesus

    Picture this: Three girls are sitting in a canoe on windy waters. One of them is in the middle, clutching onto the sides of the boat for dear life as it tilts and bobs. Even though her friends are paddling and assuring her that everything is perfectly fine, she can’t stop shaking and singing “Oceans” by Hillsong. That girl is me.  It sounds ridiculous now, considering how I was wearing a life jacket and was in a boat with two skillfully trained swimmers who I love and trust. But sitting in that canoe last weekend reminded me just how shaky and unstable this life can feel sometimes. Like a beautiful,…