He is Risen, Indeed

Today we celebrate – because today we are sons & daughters of a king – a king who conquered the grave. Today, we are free to live in joy & hope because our redeemer lives. Today – He is risen! He is risen indeed. God seems to show up in the craziest places – and…

Trying to Map

Ecclesiastes 8:6-7 – For there’s a time & place for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. Since no one knows the future, who can tell what is to come? As no one has the power of the wind to contain it.  Boy oh boy it is good to be home. My…

A Canvas

Today, I woke up with some aches & doubts, but I woke up. Life may not be perfect, but I am undoubtedly blessed. If I were home right now, there is zero doubt it my mind that I’d be taking out this overwhelming amount of negative energy by painting my feelings away late into the…

Be Strong & Take Heart

In my distress, I called out to the Lord and He answered me. -Jonah 2:2 God doesn’t always give us the answer we want to hear. It’s taken me a long time to learn that. I might not always fully understand His plan. Why does God cause heartbreak? Am I foolish to feel joy and peace and…

Running to Healthy

Song of songs 4:7 – You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no fault within you. I have always loved running. I’ve always loved fitness & eating healthy & overall living a lifestyle that makes my body feel good. There’s nothing wrong with this! Heck, I am so lucky that God gave me a naturally…

Because, “love.”

John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us. College has buckled my relationship with Jesus on the seat of some crazy rollercoaster of growth & trust.  For the first time, being a Christian makes me an outsider. For the first time, I am the minority. I am constantly questioned. Choosing a Jesus-centered life…

trust & thankfulness

This post is probably not going to make any sense and sound like I’m talking in circles. If you don’t trust me, proceed. I need my heart to quit being consumed by my life and start being consumed by my God. This week, I’m learning to focus my heart. Lately,  I’m constantly tangled up in my own…

Day by Day

Today, I am learning to live in the present, in the presence of the one who created it. I am learning that my imperfections – my doubts – will never override God’s promises for my life. I am learning not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. I am learning that doubt and…

It is well

The dark is just a canvas for Your grace & brightness. I would say it is about time I had a few disappointments come up in my life. Relationship troubles, hard work going unnoticed, homesickness, not getting the things I want, whatever the case. They’re things I can be thankful for. I am thankful for a rough…

With you & for you

“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” -James 4:8 That makes it sound pretty easy, doesn’t it? In times of trial – when I’m trying to understand God’s plan for our lives, I struggle with forgetting that prayer isn’t always a magic trick. Maybe you’re like me – when you cry…

We are His portion & He is our prize

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” -Ephesians 4:1 We are called to be God’s portion. What does it mean to be God’s portion? What an unfathomable thought that we were called, chosen, and set apart before we were even born. Before we impressed anyone, failed anyone, won, lost,…

Waking up in the light

I love Washington – it is the most spectacular kind of beautiful. Not even my new home in sunny San Luis Obispo, CA can compare to the brilliance of being surrounded by colassal mountains and lush forests and vast oceans – all in one place. The best part is; Washington’s beauty seems to be a…