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
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
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
Some Christians find themselves discontent with a one-size-fits-all way to worship and know God. We’re prescribed the same practices as everyone else: every Christian must wake up and read the Bible early in the morning or have some sort of devotional time. While this is not a bad practice, some Christians may find that this … Continue reading Finding Your Pathway to Fulfilling Worship (Book Review of Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas)
Prayer was hard for me because I never knew what to say. I was a shy girl who lived in fear of saying the wrong thing, even to God. Every time I tried to pray, it felt wrong for some reason. I wasn't sure if I was doing it right. The first thing that opened … Continue reading 5 Big Questions about Prayer
My youth leader gave everyone an index card. "Write a question," he said. "It could be a question about God, a random question, or even a silly one. These cards are anonymous." There were many questions I had that I was too shy to ask, so I was grateful to be able to ask them … Continue reading Is It Okay to Have Questions?
Hello! This post is written by my friend Eliana. We're doing what's called a "blog swap" where she's writing for my blog and I'm writing for hers at Eliana the Writer. I asked Eliana to write about her experience getting baptized, here is her piece! The hymn came to an end. That’s my cue, I … Continue reading Why I Got Baptized | Guest Post