• What 2017 Taught Me About Hope
    anxiety,  New Year's

    What 2017 Taught Me About Hope

    This blog post is co-authored by my boyfriend, Owen Wolf. (SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL so you never miss a post!) A Year of Hope 2017 is coming to an end. Another year filled to the brim with memories that are already fading away as 2018 looms ahead with unwritten adventures. This year has been a crazy one for me. I was heavily involved in my church and finished my last year at community college. Eventually, I decided to take a break from being a youth leader as I started my senior year of college. Not only that, but I’m also in a relationship (as you can clearly see)! One theme of 2017…

  • What suicide can teach us about becoming a light
    depression,  suicide

    What Suicide Can Teach Us About Being a Light

    Some of you may be surprised how hard I’ve been hit by the tragic news of the suicide of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park. This was a band I listened to during my adolescence, a time of turmoil and angst like it is for many other teens. I didn’t really know the Lord during my early teens, and so secular music was all I listened to. This was a band that helped me through some pretty rough times. Suicide Affects Everyone Chester Bennington died in a tragic way that no one should ever have to experience. He committed suicide. He hanged himself. Sounds pretty heavy,…

  • faith,  inspiration,  thanksgiving

    Being Thankful During Hard Times

    There are a lot of things to be grateful for in life, but sometimes it’s hard to be glad if you are struggling. Right now I’m going through a lot of change in my life–both good and difficult. That’s life. There’s change and loss. I’m just being real. I want you to know that it’s possible to be a thankful Christian even when life gets tough.  Emotions aren’t singular; at times it can seem like they overwhelm us.  We can be a whole rainbow of emotions on any given day, and that’s okay. That’s also  good news for those of us who may be sad or stressed this year, but…

  • Bible study,  devotional,  faith,  Firstfruits,  the Gospel,  Uncategorized

    FirstFruits~Mirrors of Faith

    Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome to Part 4 of the FirstFruits series, which is the last part of our adventure together in James 1. Recently I went to a youth convention with the youth group I help lead. It was awesome–over a thousand students worshiping Jesus together and hearing some powerful preaching! It really made an impact on my life as well. One of the speakers who preached (I don’t know why I didn’t write down his name) said something that really inspired me, and I think it goes really well with today’s post. Are we going to spend our life looking in a mirror or walking out the…

  • Bible study,  devotional,  faith,  Firstfruits,  the Gospel

    FirstFruits~Why You Were Created

    Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome to Part 3 of the FirstFruits series, where we continue to explore the concepts of James 1. James 1 focuses on the Christian under trials. Most of us know what it’s like to experience trials and losses, and it doesn’t make us feel very special. It doesn’t always make us feel very loved. Yup, I went there. It’s hard to feel loved by God when your whole world is falling apart. After all, where is God when all of these awful things are happening–when we’re persecuted, grieving, or fighting a battle? Why is He letting these things happen to us?  Do not be deceived,…