January 17, 2020

“God is good.”

I’ve heard that phrase all of my life and growing up it was a mantra for many people in the church I attended. One person would say “God is good” and another would reply with “All the time.” But there was a long season of my life where that phrase didn’t feel true. When in my heart I chose to believe in the goodness of God but that’s not how it felt. I’d go through seasons where He felt distant and at times even cruel.”

I found myself in a place where despite me doing the best I knew how to do, the life I was living didn’t line up with what I saw in scripture. “God is good” seemed more like an abst...

August 6, 2015

Confession time: I have a propensity toward the dark and unhealthy things in this world. When I was younger it was obvious in how I dressed and the music I listened to. I have always been drawn to macabre but as a follower of Christ, I knew I needed to focus on things that glorify Him and bring me life. So growing up I often found myself hanging out with and drawn to people who I often didn’t have anything in common with as far as lifestyle choices, but stylistically shared similar interests.


As I got older I learned that for someone with an imagination like mine, I need to seriously filter what I watch and listen...

June 10, 2015

I don’t know about you, but on any given day I can run the entire gambit of emotions when it comes to my contentment level.


“I do believe, but help me in my my unbelief!”


Yesterday was one of those days. Maybe it was post vacation blues because the morning before I had been enjoying my coffee outside by the pool inhaling ocean air. Maybe it was because on vacation I hand’t made the best food choices and my body was detoxing from chips, queso, and even a pop tart.
Most likely, even though those things didn’t lend any help to the situation, I figure it was one of those days because I am human and live in a fallen wo...

May 1, 2015

Everybody’s working for the weekend...

Or everybody’s working for a vacation or the next big something. I was never aware of how much time I spent looking forward to the next big event or Friday night out on the town until I met someone whose life seemed to be all about the next big thing. She was a very unhappy person, despite leading a great life surrounded by people who loved her. Her focus was always on the upcoming thing to make her happy which, of course, never lived up to her expectations.

Knowing such a miserable person caused me to stop and take a good look at my own life. When I found myself also puttin...

April 13, 2015

**Let me give a small disclaimer, in the particular post I’m just being flat out honest about a personal struggle that has been lingering the past few months. When first reading it, if you know me, you may be tempted to give me a little pep talk or encouragement, but that’s not what it’s about. In the end I found all the encouragement I need and recognized the anxiety that was trying to rear it’s head was a lie from the enemy of my soul. I’m praying that anyone who reads this sees the real intention of my writing, which is that when we take all our fears and anxieties to God, He is so faithful to restore our peace....

March 24, 2015

Glimpses of contentment: when all is right in my soul and I feel connected to the God of the universe.


In my life there have been times when God feels so close I wonder why I have ever doubted his love. Then there are times when I wake up and everything feels so... ordinary. Not just ordinary but lacking any hope of the spark that fuels you for days. This morning is one of those times and I have to be honest, it’s been rough because I am coming off a time of feeling close to God.

 
For me this year Lent has just been amazing. I have taken time to say no to most social events and have been hanging out with God more i...

March 20, 2015

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I open my Bible to start reading, and well, it feels more laborious than engaging with God. I must say there are many times I just don’t feel like reading it and a lot of that has to do with not knowing what to read next.


I love the Old Testament, and it’s where I spend most of my time reading. There’s so many amazing stories and the imageries between the physical world and the spiritual world are endless. What’s more, is the redemptive power of Christ can be found throughout the Old Testament, and as someone who enjoys the sci-fi and fantasy genre, the stories speak...

January 28, 2015

I love going to the movies. From the smell of popcorn when you enter the theater to the credits rolling

 

at the end, going to see a movie in a theater is one of my favorite things to do. I get enthralled quickly and often forget that they aren't supposed to include audience participation. I have been known to scream, yell warnings, throw my fists in the air, and cry. In fact, when there's a lot of action, if you're sitting next to me, you may get elbowed because I am so into it, and I make no apologizes. Warnings yes, but not apologizes because in the theater, in the moment, and caught up in all a movie has to offe...

January 14, 2015

Trues confession time: I'm not brave, at least I don't feel like it a lot of the time. That may shock some people who know bits and pieces of my story because I am someone who will pack up her life in a couple suitcases, sell her car, and move halfway around the world without much thought. But staying put, that is something I have to force myself to do. Because when you stay put, people learn how to read your BS over time. When you stay put, you risk hurting people who you actually care about, or worse disappointing them. When you stay put you either live behind a protective wall with a safe, boring life or choose...

November 6, 2014

Holy- to be set apart for a special purpose

Pious- : deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion: falsely appearing to be good or moral

 

 

Too often people mistake being pious for being holy... A few days ago I was listening to podcast by Matt Chandler and he said something to that affect and it stuck with me. Sad to say for many years I thought I was living a holy life only to realize that I was just pious. From the outside I looked like I had it together and following the path God chose for me was easy, but internally I found my identity not from who I was as a new creation in Christ, but rather from my be...

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