Mozzarella sticks are amazing. Those deep-fried string cheese things with gooey insides and crusty outsides are the best appetizers around! One afternoon, I was hungry and I noticed we had a bag of mozzarella sticks in the freezer. Ignoring the warning from my health class about eating a balanced diet, I had eight mozzarella sticks … Continue reading What Mozzarella Sticks Taught Me About Freedom
What do you do when you feel tempted to do something you know is wrong? Imagine there’s a bunch of cupcakes in the kitchen for your sister’s birthday and they look tasty. You want to lick a little bit of frosting off the top of one of them but you know that would ruin them. … Continue reading Battling Temptation: Don’t Fight—Run!
When I was five years old, I wanted a marble, so I stole one. Then one wasn’t enough and I stole a few more. Later, I felt guilty and confused. I had only meant to take one. Why did I keep stealing marbles? Our actions are only the tip of the iceberg, because our decisions—whether … Continue reading Why You Can’t Change Your Actions Without Your Heart
Crying in front of a group of people is an unforgettable experience. The first few weeks into my freshman year of high school were painful, which made me anxious and isolated. One weekend girls’ retreat, I finally broke down crying. The girls prayed for me, but even as they did, there was a little voice … Continue reading Why Reaching Out Matters
In Sunday school, I learned that it was important to read the Bible, but the question I always had was, how do you do it? As I mentioned in my testimony, our church has a tradition of giving Bibles to 3rd graders. I wouldn’t have minded an instruction pamphlet when I got mine. Although I … Continue reading 4 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Reading the Bible
How much time, on a regular basis, do you spend deep in thought? No screen in front of you, no textbook to guide you, no family member giving you their opinion, just you alone with your own ideas? We live in a world that values speaking out about what you believe in. We all know … Continue reading You Need to Think About This
Ever read something powerful, but afterwards struggled to apply it to your own life until you took a second glance? That happened to me when I was reading Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff. Love Does is an extraordinary book. It’s full of real stories from Bob … Continue reading Love Like a Glove
As a young person, I love 1 Timothy 4:12. The first part says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young…" Which is nice, the Bible is actually telling me that young people are good. Lots of times, young people are looked down on for being rude, clueless, or generally problematic. But … Continue reading Don’t Shortchange 1 Timothy 4:12
My heart thudded against my chest. My breaths were fast and shallow. I felt like I was gasping for air. I would hold myself, I would try to self-soothe. I cried a lot. I felt constantly alone. I dreaded going to bed because I would lie there, gripped by the fear, feeling my life force … Continue reading What Does God Say About My Anxiety?
Dear youth group leader, There are many wonderful qualities about you. First, your volition to spend time around teenagers. Teenagers are a difficult group to minister to. Some adults think teenagers are self-absorbed and unwilling to learn. You see something different. You see that teenagers are part of the church too, and you seek to … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Youth Group Leaders