I bet most of you can conjure up a specific smell when I ask you to think of your grandma. Maybe it's of a specific perfume. Maybe it's of flour. Maybe it's of peppermints. Maybe cigarettes. Each of my grandmas have a specific smell in my mind, but the most vibrant is a smell I encounter every fall, and that is of leaves.
I don't know about you, but I tend to fan-girl female Christian authors. The past few months, a certain author has been inspiring me to do more, but a fellow blogger called out a few issues her a popular book, and I re-acknowledged those issues. So, I dove a little deeper. I looked at this… Continue reading City on a Hill
God has been doing a deep work in my heart this year. Maybe, I finally am catching up on sleep, and He's like, "Ok, now she can handle this." Maybe, it's just time for some growth. Then again, I feel like I have always been at a stage of growth in my life, just different… Continue reading Waiting for Harvest
You know those mornings when you don't really have time to stop and get a drink, but you do it anyway? That was the other day, on our way to church. We stopped at the McDonald's Drive Thru, waited in line, and placed our order. The line seemed to be moving along fine and swift,… Continue reading How a McDonald’s Purchase Humbled Me
We must realize that God's will shines through everything if we are following Him. In John 16, Jesus is trying to explain to His disciples what is about to happen to Him. They ask a lot of questions, and Jesus tells them that they will be faced with trials and sorrows, and even people who will hurt them in God's name. But. There's a But!!! (Don't you love it when there is a but?!) "But, take heart, because I have overcome the world."
When I was an 8th grader, brand new in the youth group still, we had a Disciple Now weekend. A singer/guitarist named Josh Wilson was our worship leader for the weekend. Not only was Josh very personable, but he was insanely talented. That weekend was impactful for my spiritual life for many reasons, but one… Continue reading Dream Small
Scripture is such a great weapon to have on hand. At times of deepest struggles, knowing scripture to turn to that relates to my trial has proved to be a tool that helps me get through the struggle. Having scripture to turn to during workouts and races can prove helpful in providing motivation and distraction… Continue reading 8 Important Verses for Workouts
One of the reasons I hated running as a kid was the fact that I was almost always last. The shame of not just not winning, but being the final person to cross the line really got to my me. I don’t like to admit it, but I’m a fairly competitive person, and losing just wasn’t going to work for me. Quitting was much easier to do than lose, and I quit more things than I am proud of as a child because I wasn’t winning as much as I wanted to. So, this caused almost two decades of an unhealthy relationship with physical activity.
God is good, always. This goodness extends far beyond our satisfaction with the way life is going. While we must always strive to be joyful in the life God has given us, there are times when things don't go our way. Praising Him, in spite of our circumstances, is a privilege. Our relationship with God is more precious when we choose to worship Him when things aren't going right.
I never anticipated my running journey would have been as "successful" as it has been so far. Running a mile? Impossible at first. Running a 5k at one point seemed like the biggest mountain ever, a 10k the same, and then the idea of a Half Marathon was unachievable. Until I put the work in.