Advent · Holidays · Poetry · Whispers of Faith

And So, We Hope this Christmas

Advent Sunday 1: Hope Reflections from Isaiah 9 We walk in the gloom of anguish. We walk in thick darkness,               our heads bowed low,               our hearts burdened heavy,               our tears breaking out.   Sin weighs us down. Pain, disease, heartache, despair— They seem to touch every corner Of our messy and fragile… Continue reading And So, We Hope this Christmas

Daily Living · Faithfulness · Growth · Whispers of Faith

Dear 35: I Hope You Build with Courage

The first half of my twenties were filled with adventure, memories, laughter, and a good share of angst that culminated in a devastating heartbreak right before my 25th birthday. The second half of my twenties saw healing, growth, and an embracing of who God had made me to be. My 30th birthday was a beautiful… Continue reading Dear 35: I Hope You Build with Courage

Daily Living · Whispers of Faith

His Daily Promise: He Will Sustain Me, Sanctify Me & Satisfy Me

The past month and a half have not been easy for me. The teacher life has a few extra challenges this year, and while I love getting to create new programs at a school I adore, I’ve been hitting the end of my physical and mental rope. The days sometimes blur together, the nights are… Continue reading His Daily Promise: He Will Sustain Me, Sanctify Me & Satisfy Me

Dreamy Things · Marriage · Poetry · Singleness

Life is Not a Fairy Tale

Life is not a fairy tale. Wishes don’t come true on command. Princes don’t show up on cue. Happy endings aren’t guaranteed. And singing animals don’t flock About princesses in captivity.   Life—real life—is messy and broken. Sometimes you’re weeping into your pillow, Staring out the window at bleak prospects, Praying the same tired prayers… Continue reading Life is Not a Fairy Tale

Current Events · Daily Living · Relationship

If Everything is Extreme, Then Nothing is Extreme

Do you ever get extremely annoyed by the extremes to which extremists overuse the word “extreme”? In our current cultural rhetoric, it seems like any time something happens that the other side doesn’t like, it’s blamed on “the extreme right” or “the extreme left.” Do the extreme right and extreme left exist? Yes, unfortunately they… Continue reading If Everything is Extreme, Then Nothing is Extreme

Dating · Poetry · Singleness · Whispers of Faith

A Prayer for Those Hoping for Love

In a season of hoping in my life, I wrote the following prayer.  And if you are in a season of hoping right now—praying—longing—wondering—I pray these words would encourage your heart and help you center your hoping in Christ himself. He hears all our prayers. His sovereign love and grace are guiding our lives. We… Continue reading A Prayer for Those Hoping for Love