The Church That Built Me

At six years old, sitting on the couch between my dad and sister, across from my mom who was expecting a baby, I read aloud a letter Dad had written explaining to us that we would be going to a new church where he would be the youth pastor. It was a small church perched…

This Is My Story

"If this is how my story is going to go, so be it." I wrote that in my journal about two weeks ago, and I've both said it aloud and thought it to myself many times since. Sometimes I have a resentful tone, sometimes simple resignation, sometimes restful. I don't know really know what I'm…

These Are Simple Days.

These are simple days. Sleep in, slow wake up.Read the Bible, sit on the couch for a few more minutes petting the dog.Put kettle on for coffee or tea.Breakfast.Put away clean dishes.Load dishwasher with dirty ones.Listen to an audiobook.Light a candle.Play the piano.Put in a load of laundry, listen to the rumble of the washer…

grace upon grace upon grace

Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. - Psalm 36:5, 7 I have fallen massively short recently. It probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but it…

GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS

About a month ago, Josh and I got to spend a few days in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. While we were there, we got matching stickers that say: GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS. The irony is that we put them on our laptops. But they serve as a two-fold reminder to us. First of…

what a year.

It sounds so cliche to say but I am shocked at how quickly the year's end came upon us. Just like that, it is 2019. A new calendar, a new set of goals, a refreshed perspective. 2019 is full of possibilities. I am stoked for our new website launch (you can find our new site…

Impressed.

This past Sunday, Joshua and I stopped at Starbucks around 2:30 to treat ourselves to an iced mocha and iced chai latte. The plan was to get our drinks and chill inside, reading or journaling until choir practice. After I got my drink and sipped the spicy almond milk deliciousness, I mentally wrinkled my nose…

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…

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…

After one month . . .

As of this past Tuesday, I have officially been at my favorite place on earth for one month. Whoa. My first week here: May Staff. We did trash runs, bleached the guys' bathhouses, stained decks, stocked housekeeping closets, and got to know the handful of people that were here pretty well. Second week: staff training.…

the next chapter.

This time last year, I was leaving Barbados to return to Grenada. This time this year, my life is about to change again. In seventeen days, I am flying to my favorite place on earth to do what I've been dreaming of since I was twelve years old. I'm going to meet seven or eight…