• My Thankful List-2020 Edition
    gratitude,  inspiration,  life

    My Thankful List-2020 Edition

    Thanksgiving 2020 is upon us! I don’t know about you, but a week ago I was not exactly feeling grateful. Between the COVID-19 spikes, lockdowns, and political unrest, 2020 has been a difficult year for many.  But my perspective changed when I noticed how my blog post from 5 years ago on my gratitude list was trending. It reminded me that even in the midst of a difficult year, we can always choose to be thankful.  Looking back at my old post, I realize that even though some of the things I am thankful for are the same, my life has changed and I have grown in many ways. If you’ve…

  • How Do We Begin Again?
    Jesus,  life,  love

    How Do We Begin Again?

    Where to begin?  Isn’t that everyone’s question right now?  Maybe we’re not asking the right question. Maybe the appropriate question is how do we begin again? I find it funny that the longer I walk with Jesus, the more complicated life can get.  Beautiful. Tragic. Life.  “I’ve never seen anything like this.” My parents echoed this quote during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it still rings true today.  Sickness. Disaster. Division. Racism. Violence. Hatred. Lawlessness.  The symptoms of the fall of man are flaring, and the earth is groaning for a Savior.   People are walking around with all kinds of hurt. My black brothers and sisters are fighting…

  • The Promise of His Presence
    inspiration,  Jesus,  life

    The Promise of His Presence

    Why is it that you can seem to have everything, and yet feel so empty and alone? This world promises us happiness and fulfillment in so many ways: money, relationships, jobs, new experiences–the list goes on. The Hollow Promise  But what happens when that’s not enough? What about that hollow feeling? The one tugging at you, making you work until your knuckles bleed, so you can forget that it’s there. The hollowness that leaks out as tears as you lie awake in bed at night. The hollow feeling that makes people cut, starve, and lash out at others? This post isn’t pretty, but it’s real and raw. Because I’ve been…

  • Finding Your Anchor in Life's Storms
    inspiration,  life

    Finding Your Anchor in Life’s Storms

    I shall not be moved; I shall not be shaken. How many times have I repeated these familiar Bible verses in my mind, thinking that as long as I am truly rooted in God, nothing will ever rock my world. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 NIV) But the world keeps rocking and rolling all around me, and sometimes, no matter how hard I cling to the grace of God, I find myself rolling along with it. I shake with every burst of bad news. I tighten my grip as my feet slip on unexpected…

  • When It Feels Like Your Life Has No Direction
    life,  purpose

    When It Feels Like Your Life Has No Direction

    I remember sitting in the library of my local community college. I was trying to figure out what career I wanted to pursue, and how to go about life while facing a chronic illness. Any young adult can relate to the pressures of this world. It’s like as soon as you turn 18, you need to have everything all figured out. College majors, jobs, dating, and relationships. There’s just so much to figure out, and sometimes it feels like you’re the only one without a clue of what to do–the only one without direction. When you feel like your life has no direction, this is actually an opportunity for God…