Hospitable Hearts

This week I have found myself reflecting on the immense amount of hospitality that has been shown to me over the last few years.  For the past three summers, three different families have taken me in and invited me to live with them, insisting I call their home my home.  These three different families in three different cities that all have one huge thing in common: their hearts are full of hospitality because their hearts are full in Christ.

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Passion 2012

Here it is: the post where I attempt to explain all that Passion 2012 did to my perspective, my plans, and my heart.

First of all, I should let y'all know much it broke my heart that I wasn't able to make it out there in person.  I was so excited to have been given a scholarship, but with my work responsibilities, lack of finances, and procrastination in trying to raise funds I finally realized that it just wasn't going to happen.  Even while I was watching the lives streams (because yes, I was absolutely glued to my computer screen for every  session), sadness began to creep in as I realized that I could have so easily been one of the 43,000 who were at the dome!  As I was praying through it, the Lord actually revealed to me what a blessing it was that I wasn't there physically… uh, what?!  But yeah, seriously!

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Money Matters

Where is our money going?  What are we spending our "hard-earned" income on?  Clothes?  Food?  Bills?  Other things ?  It's easy while living in a culture/society that thrives on consumerism to feel the need to have the latest and greatest things, on top of simply feeling the need to have a lot of things.  But is that money really even ours to begin with?

I've been struggling lately with the concept of money...

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An Unsettled Heart

Today was just one of those days.  It started off fine, and then with the knowledge of one tiny bit of information, it changed - and as a result, my attitude suffered.  It doesn't help, either, that I am a person whose face clearly shows true emotion, thus people who really know me knew something was bothering me.

Truthfully, the information that I learned today which flipped the switch wasn't really a big deal in and of itself.  It simply put everything that had been culminating into perspective, and I became upset with myself.  Without going too far into detail, I know what I want and know the woman that I aspire to be - and thus I have known what I've needed to change, get rid off, and pursue.  Yet I haven't let go of all of the things God has so clearly pushed me to give over to Him.  He had given me the tools, the resources, the support and the strength to... but I - regretfully - never showed up.  I didn't fully rely on Him to get me through it, to satisfy my needs.  And I suffered as a result.  Essentially, I have been hurting myself because I just couldn't give up my need to control this particular situation.

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