When I first saw the commercial for Frozen over two years ago, I was immediately turned off by it. I thought it would be a cheesy movie about a wintry land that was home to an annoying snowman, but I was dead wrong. This movie has the most insightful elements of any Disney animated film... Continue Reading →
The time has come. It’s finally here! With only a few weeks left until the end of the semester, I’m unable to contain my excitement. I’ve been awaiting the end for so long! I can’t stop thinking about summer plans and a homework-free life. (What even is that?) But first, I have to survive—and... Continue Reading →
Bitter, angry words flew from my mouth toward my siblings, which shut them down and wounded their hearts. I sat selfishly at the computer and let my mom do all the supper preparations, even though I knew better. In bed that night, I looked back over my day and inwardly wept. My meanness and thoughtlessness surprised me.
This post was featured on Pursue in February, so I apologize for my lateness in posting it here! I truly hope you'll be able to find some encouragement from this post, especially if you or someone you know struggles with body image issues. You're not the only one! 🙂 I have a secret. In my... Continue Reading →
My sins hung Him on a splintering wooden cross so that the world could watch His pain and mock Him relentlessly. My sins cast Him into utter darkness—a world full of loneliness, shame, misery, gloom, frustration, rage, anguish, sorrow, despair, rejection, and pain. Why would the King of Light dwell in the world of darkness?
I was falling Slipping Sliding Drowning Sinking deep. Trapped in the deepest Loneliest Darkest Gravest Lowest pit I shouted Pleaded Begged Cried Called Your name. You have listened Watched Loved Seen Heard my voice. My cry for strength Love Grace Freedom Help You said, “Don’t worry Struggle Wonder Doubt Fear.”... Continue Reading →
I said goodbye to my youth pastor yesterday. That was difficult. Even though I’ve only known him for a few years, it was still so hard. I tried to hold back tears as I thought about him leaving. And I don’t even cry at funerals. I drove away from our church pondering the reality that... Continue Reading →
Have you ever prayed and felt like God didn’t listen to your whole prayer? I have. I have received totally different answers than the ones I prayed for and I have wondered if God didn’t listen to my whole prayer. But you know what? I think we feel this way sometimes because we have some misconceptions about prayer. Sometimes we can get so focused on how we think answers to our prayer should be, that we forget who God is.
All I saw were the tattered clothes, crooked teeth, and unkempt hair. All I heard were the murmurs, nervous laughter, and brisk replies. All I felt was the discomfort, awkwardness, and potential danger. Last month, I served for the first time ever at a food pantry. I’d once helped with the behind-the-scenes work at a food pantry, but I’d never been there while people actually got their food. In short, my experience was different than I’d expected.