A reminder from Jesus

I stepped through my second-story window out onto my fire escape and breathed in the crisp air. It felt like fall. When the humidity and overbearing heat of summer seemed like it was going to last forever, a thunderstorm blew through Washington, DC, bringing with it cool, autumn-like mornings. Now, by noon could I walk…

Trip less, love more

I was out for a run last summer in a Nashville suburb and tripped over a piece of uneven sidewalk. Fast forward a year and this morning I was on a run at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and unsurprisingly tripped over a piece of uneven sidewalk. I’m obviously the most coordinated human – but that’s beside the point.

Am I enough?

“Am I enough?” This simple 3 word, 9 letter question is at the core of the Western world. We ask it of ourselves; we inadvertently ask it of our friends and family when we seek affirmation; we ask it of God. And we always assume the answer is no. And the truth is, the answer always WILL be no. We’ll come back to that, though.

Run into the darkness, not away from it

So sometimes I run at night. Feel free to yell at me in the comments. My friends do. My family does. I still run at night. Don’t worry; I do my best to be safe about it, flashlight always in one hand, mace in the other. One evening I decided to go for a jog…

No, we don’t say those kinds of things about ourselves

If we’re pals and I hear you insult yourself, I’ll more often than not make you say something nice about yourself. And if you refuse, I’ll list compliment after compliment until you feel realllll uncomfortable and finally spit out something along the lines of, “I like my shoes., I guess” But why is that? Why…

Why college entrance exams are a load of BS

If you expect to be college-bound in the United States, you are essentially required to take either, or both, the ACT or the SAT standardized tests. Your scores on these determine not only if you gain entrance into the university of your choice, but also whether or not you’re worth any money to them. Does…

Quit posting your Bible studies on Instagram

Something that’s really been on my mind here recently is the apparent need to post bible studies and verses on social media. That can be all fine and dandy, but I’m wondering what happened to people letting their actions speak for their relationships with the Lord. I understand how if you’re totally inspired by something…

Cultural Christian vs. Hipster Disciple, your choice

In this day and age, it’s edgy and cool to follow someone before they become famous. Those are the self-identified ~hipsters~. Basically anytime you mention you like a new artist to the music scene, these people will be like, “OMG love them!! I’ve been listening to their music since 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean…

Is it okay to be angry at God?

I sat on that sidewalk in the middle of nowhere Mississippi, tears streaming down my face and all I wanted to do was scream. I was so angry. Angry at evil people who do heinous things. Angry at the world. Angry that I was so happy and cared for when I didn’t deserve it. Angry…