Misunderstood, Yet Understood By God

Misunderstood, Yet Understood By God

Nothing causes me more frustration than feeling misunderstood by those who are in close community with me. The problem isn’t always on their end. It’s mine. What happens when I can’t explain myself well enough to be understood in the first place? I’m frustrated at...

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Reasons to Hope in the Desert Place

Reasons to Hope in the Desert Place

“Nothing can live in unbroken sunshine.”Bob Sorge The Desire for Unbroken Sunshine In Secrets of the Secret Place, Bob Sorge writes that “Nothing can live in unbroken sunshine.” When I read that, I laughed and said, clearly he hasn’t met me yet. Realistically though,...

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Be Still and Know That I Am God

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Be Still Don’t you love it when God repeats His messages to us over and over? In the past week, I’ve heard songs and read scriptures and posts that all involve the same message. “Be still and know that I Am God.”Psalm 46:10 God knows it is the perfect message for me...

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God Equips Us to Succeed

God Equips Us to Succeed

In school last week, I had the opportunity to teach the message at chapel. Through that experience He showed me, once again, He is faithful. God equips those He calls. In both our creative writing and ministry classes we have been consistently challenged to step into...

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Holding Onto Resilient Hope

Holding Onto Resilient Hope

Resilient Hope I just finished reading a book called What is the What by Dave Eggers. As I reflected on the book, I was impressed by the main character’s resilient hope while he faced difficult circumstances.  Oxford Languages says that the mark of resilience is...

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Building Memorials to God’s Faithfulness

Building Memorials to God’s Faithfulness

Memories and Physical Locations Have you noticed how memories are often linked to physical locations? Memories can sneak up on you when you least expect them. For instance, until two weeks ago, I lived in the house I grew up in as a child. It was chock-a-block full of...

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Pursuing Intentional Christian Community

Pursuing Intentional Christian Community

Painted into the Scene Imagine a painting of a group of men and women casually dressed, seated on couches and chairs in a cozy living room. They are laughing, talking, and enjoying one another's company. In one corner of the couch, there's an empty space. Just a throw...

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Grit in the Midst of Imperfection and Failure

Grit in the Midst of Imperfection and Failure

Fail, Fail, Fail, Again? “I love failure!” said no one, ever. In fact, most likely you’ve said the exact opposite, right? “I hate failure!”  This summer, God gave me the most magnificent opportunity to learn about failure. I knew in the middle of the lesson that...

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Humor and Joy When Jesus Laughs

Humor and Joy When Jesus Laughs

How Do You View Jesus? My personal relationship with Jesus includes a lot of joy and humor. I think that’s because so much of my life I spent thinking that Jesus was so serious. My image of Jesus was of a somber and reserved man who probably disapproved of fun, and...

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