I made it! Over a thousand miles across the country, about twenty hours of car rides, and three nights on the road has led me to Bethany Global University in Bloomington, MN! I’ll be honest and say the time travelling up to Minnesota was not my favorite thing (driving is pretty low on my list of favorite activities), but we got a full day to hang around Bloomington before move-in this past Monday, and that made it all worth it. … More Next Chapter: Minnesota Bound!
Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I updated you guys on life. With lots changing recently/in the next couple months I felt it was appropriate. So, no article this week, but I’ll have a Song + Verse up next week and a special update detailing my move to Minnesota the week after. Then we’ll be back on a more regular schedule. Let’s do it! … More Life Update #2: College Student, Writer, and Aunt!
Acts is one of my absolute favorite books in the Bible. It is a reminder to me that we have the same Spirit within us that Jesus had. When acting according to His will and speaking by His name, we have the same authority over evil, sickness, pain, death. It is a reminder of Jesus’ command at the very end of Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all the nations (anyone have a tally of how often I’ve quoted that? Missionary things, I guess). It is also a reminder of things that we should watch out for in ourselves and in the church that could hinder us from doing the best work we can for the Kingdom. One of these things is prejudice. … More How Prejudice Hinders Our Mission
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about worship and how we must maintain awareness of what we are worshiping, what our intentions are, and take action to repent when we realize either are skewed. Today I want to take another look at the topic of worship/idolatry and give you something more to consider when it comes to who/what you are worshiping. Everything I talk about is something I’ve dealt with personally or am currently dealing with. I want to be extra clear with this one that I am so far from perfecting this (if you’re looking for a good example, check out Jesus). But it’s important and worth working through alongside others. Let’s take a look at the Hierarchy of Worship. … More The Hierarchy of Worship
What do you think of when someone mentions worship?
My initial thought, and likely the thought many of you had, is singing songs with your church on a Sunday morning or on your way to work. This is certainly a form of worship, and it’s actually going to be the primary focus of today’s post. Until said otherwise, when worship is mentioned it will be referring to it being done through song. However, it is also relevant to take note that everything we do is worshiping something. Keep that in mind as you read this. … More Worship: Intention, Awareness, Action
Through my past few posts, I’ve seen a theme that I believe is important enough to give it’s own post. This is not a new idea among Christian circles – it’s in the Bible, so thousands of years old, actually. However, I’m aware that there are people who see these posts who are not believers. I’m aware that there are people who see these posts who have only recently accepted Christ. I’m aware that even devout Christians who see these posts need to be given reminders like this now and then. Perhaps now more than ever. Myself included. To start off, let me ask you this: When was the last time you put love first? … More First, Love.
Lately I’ve been thinking about wisdom a lot (you can see my last post about it here). I’ve been on this journey of truly recognizing that all I am and all I have is from God (hence the probably most quoted passage of mine 2 Cor. 3:4-7). Included in this is wisdom. In my last post I mentioned a struggle I had before when asking God for wisdom which was my motivation. There was a time where I was desiring to be seen as wise more than desiring to actually become wise. This of course led to some inner conflict because I’d hear message after message about where your heart was in your petitions to God. I’d be in discussion after discussion encouraging people to examine their own heart and repent when necessary. I would then be praying and trying to convince myself that I was in the right mindset when it was very obvious my own petitions were pretty self-centered. I was trying to justify and defend myself. … More Stop Trying to be Right!
In the past year or so, my life has been full of excitement. I got a new job with incredible coworkers, I was accepted into my dream school, I met some of the best people during a trip to Mexico, I found out I would be an aunt (end of this month!), I joined the Asheville Performing Arts Academy for my senior year and somehow managed to get one of my dream roles. The past two months specifically have also been full of a lot of change. From being out of work, to online rehearsals, to getting this blog back up and running (thanks, Squaretrade), to spending more time at home and on my own than I have in… years probably. All these things have led me to asking the Lord over and over again for the same thing: wisdom. … More Wisdom: A Burden or a Blessing?
Quick story about writing this blog post… I was about two paragraphs away from finishing one I had started two weeks ago when I decided this past Wednesday to change it. On Monday I felt like it wasn’t the right time for the other one I was writing. I don’t know if the wording is wrong, the content is off, or there’s just a time in the future that it will be of better use, but I knew today was not when I was meant to post it. Perhaps it’s just because someone needs this one more today. … More Let No One Despise Your Youth! (and 7 Other Commands for Young Christians)
Hey friends! It’s been awhile. Between my last post and now I had finals which included the last test of my high school career, I visited the Bournes and the YWAM Morelia team in Mexico, my laptop broke, I performed in Legally Blonde with the APAA, I began rehearsals for Matilda, and then COVID-19 started. All that has led us here, to me telling you I haven’t been doing nothing. That isn’t to say that I couldn’t have worked harder on getting my laptop fixed or written on someone else’s laptop (that’s a lie, I can’t stand doing work on other people’s laptops and I would have gone insane). I’m here now, though, and I’m so thrilled to be writing again. … More Self-Sufficiency: The Danger of Independence