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
Welcome to my first feature article! WGTMT stands for "What God Taught Me Today." These feature articles are stories from my own life right now that share what God has been teaching me lately through prayer or a Bible passage. I hope they are encouraging and helpful to you. I love to journal. I am … Continue reading Trusting God with my “Normal” Life
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?