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
What is my purpose? I know - scary question right? The standard answer most Christians say would be to pray about it and ask God for guidance. I wholeheartedly agree with that. I also agree with what the Bible says about our purpose: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all … Continue reading What Will You Do With Your Life?
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
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)
I love to journal. I am passionate about all kinds of writing and keeping a journal is just one of the ways I do that. Every time I fill up one journal, I go through my collection of journals, and pick my next one based on what season of life I am going through. This … 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