“Check your heart!”

How many of y'all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says "Check your heart" in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I--and all of us--need…

Recipe: Banana Energy Bites

FIRST RECIPE POST! I am so excited to share this with you. I love quick and simple recipes that end up delicious and filling--and these fit the bill. Yesterday I spent no less than twenty minutes looking for a recipe in which I could use some of my super ripe bananas--and another fifteen minutes looking…

True Feminism

(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended)   fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com)   After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve…

stop looking for “the one.”

  I feel the need to clarify something. First of all, I appreciate the response to my last blog post. I really do. It means so much that people comment on my post, like it, share it or excerpts from it, and message me about it. It is overwhelming and humbling, and I love y'all.…

Being Told “No.”

"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and…

Discernment for the Believer

Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 Law. Grace. Legalism. Liberalism. Churches today seem to enjoy being on one side of the spectrum or the other. Either they have a list of rules as long as the…

sovereign over us

About a week and a half ago, my life got turned upside-down. More accurately, my brother's life did. But that in turn affected me. Ricky had a massive aneurysm in his brain. He also had a stroke which left part of his brain very damaged. Last Sunday, I thought we were going to lose him.…

reach out

This isn't a fun blog post. My heart has actually been hurting for over a week as I was unwillingly, unknowingly prepared to write this post. When I say my heart is hurting, I don't mean I saw a cute picture of a puppy. I don't mean I read about orphans in China. I don't…

good tidings of great joy.

Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I was already listening to Christmas music and making gift-lists the second week of November; but as soon as Thanksgiving was over *BAM* full Christmas mode! I am all about the festive lights, Christmas music everywhere you go, tacky sweaters, and finding the perfect…

in whatsoever state I am

  It's November! Finally! Already? This year has flown by, but I have to admit I am very excited to get revved up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and all that 2018 holds! Many of my "friends" on social media have already posted many things about thankfulness and the coming of a new month. I…

what I learned from camp:

Well, it's that time of year again. Summer time. June is here, and camps all over the country are getting pumped up for the craziest three months of the year. And I'm not. For the first summer ever, I'm not going on any wild/summer-long adventure. How crazy is that? Summers 2011-2013 I was at Sandy…

the Rushing engagement.

One year ago, my heart felt wild with freedom. I was detached from any romantic relations or romantic expectations. I would be heading to North Carolina in May to, in God's timing, fulfill a life-long dream. God had opened several doors of ministry and brought unique people into my life, and I was content. I…

Our Messiah: Part 3

"Grandmother Anna, you must stay in today," I sigh for the third time that morning. "You're not well." My mother's grandmother smiles at me, her eyes disappearing behind layers of soft wrinkled skin. "I am as well as I have ever been. The Lord's work will not wait. I must go and pray at the…

Our Messiah: Part 2

"Marah, quickly. Guests will start arriving as early as tonight. We must be ready." I stumble down the steps carrying an armload of sheets. "Mama, I am moving quickly," I say, muffled by the pile of cloth. "It's not my fault Papa asked me to carry all these at once!" "Watch now," my sister grunts,…

Our Messiah: Part 1

I joyfully skip down the dirt path as the sun rises. The shepherds already have their sheep on the hillside in the distance. I call a morning "Shalom!" to our neighbor who sits outside washing clothes. "Sara," she says with a smile. "Too much excitement this early in the morning. Are you off to see Mary?"…