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
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 A Letter to the Youth Group Leaders
For this post, I had the privilege of talking with several friends of mine as well as a few adults about the importance of Christian community. Some names have been changed. One of the things I miss the most out of all the things we’ve lost by sheltering in place during this pandemic is my … Continue reading Why Christian Community is Important
Different denominations of Christians have slightly different ideas and different practices, but one thing we have in common is church. Romans 12:5 says “So we are many persons. But in Christ we are one body. And each part of the body belongs to the other parts.” (NIV) Does that mean going to church makes you … Continue reading Church 101