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
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
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?