Discovering the Beauty of Sharing My Testimony ?>

Discovering the Beauty of Sharing My Testimony

I’m so honored to be featured this week on Whatsover is Lovely Living’s ‘Bravely Be You’ series. Here’s a short snippet of my article. Make sure to read the rest here.  … We introduced ourselves and started some small talk. We were barely got to where we were from when hestarted to open up about his past. He told us how he became an alcoholic and spent years in Seattle on the streets until the Lord saved him. He told us…

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3 Reasons Why “Guarding Your Heart” Isn’t Just for Christians Who are Dating ?>

3 Reasons Why “Guarding Your Heart” Isn’t Just for Christians Who are Dating

We’ve probably all heard Proverbs 4:23 recited in the context of dating relationships. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) This is what we tell the young Christian girl crushing on the boy at youth group. This is what we say to our best friend when she starts to date someone new. This is the excuse we make when we can’t think of any other good reason to reject the nice guy that’s…

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5 Ways You’re Being Prideful Without Knowing It ?>

5 Ways You’re Being Prideful Without Knowing It

My daily devotional this morning was on humility and pride, something as Christians we hear about constantly. It said, “The wise person assumes the battle between humility and pride is always raging in our hearts.” It then listed out several scriptures within Proverbs that talk about pride’s destruction in our lives.  “The wise person assumes the battle between humility and pride is always raging in our hearts.” – She Reads Truth It got me thinking about the pride in my…

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An Open Letter to Trans* People from a Bible-believing Christian ?>

An Open Letter to Trans* People from a Bible-believing Christian

Dear friend, I’m a cisgendered, straight, white, middle-class, Christian. Aside from being a woman, I can’t get much more privileged than that. I am not going to pretend I know what it’s like. I am not going to pretend that I know what you’re going through. I can only imagine, and I want to say I’m sorry. From the bottom of my heart, I’m so deeply sorry for the way you are being treated right now and the way you…

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A Remedy for Missionary Envy ?>

A Remedy for Missionary Envy

I have been dreaming of going to Europe for years and was finally presented the perfect opportunity to make a trip across the “big pond” a couple weeks ago. Thanks to my husband’s frequent flyer miles and a best friend doing mission work abroad, I got the chance of a lifetime to travel to France for next to nothing. While there, I spent time with some faithful missionaries that have been sharing the Gospel for 8 months in Paris, France, a…

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When God Says No ?>

When God Says No

It seems easier to be patient when we think of it as a form of protection. I can wait for something if my waiting keeps me safe. I can wait for my dinner to cook if it means no salmonella poisoning. I can wait for the light to turn green so I don’t get hit by another car. I can wait for the right guy to come along if my heart stays protected. However, it’s a little more difficult to…

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Discerning God’s Direction Without Fear ?>

Discerning God’s Direction Without Fear

I’ve really been struggling with this idea knowing God’s direction. I’m not talking about the type of general direction we are called to as believers like going to church, loving others, winning souls, etc. I’m talking about following God in the literal sense.  I hear words from other Christians implying that they have a direct line to God, like they just called Him up and he told them exactly what to do. “God told me to…God led me here…I felt called to…” What…

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Confessions of a Proverbs 31 Victim ?>

Confessions of a Proverbs 31 Victim

Today my friend gave me permission to love myself.  Like, all of myself. Especially the parts I struggle to accept. I know it seems silly, but it is exactly what I needed to hear. He went on to explain how God loves us, so why shouldn’t we love ourselves? I think us Christians fear the idea of loving ourselves because we equate this with selfishness. But what if this idea of not being able to love myself has actually caused…

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Learning to Wait When You’re Unsure of What You’re Waiting For ?>

Learning to Wait When You’re Unsure of What You’re Waiting For

Last weekend my parents were in town visiting, and my husband and I wanted to take them out to dinner to a local restaurant in town that we had never tried. I had attempted to make reservations earlier in the day and was irritated when the voice on the other end of the phone explained that reservations were only taken for the formal dining room, not the casual dining room. I hung up the phone and decided we could wait a few minutes to be seated that…

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Finding God’s Grace in the Midst of Impatience ?>

Finding God’s Grace in the Midst of Impatience

Lately I’ve come to realize a very important fact about myself. Okay, let’s just call it what it is, a weakness. I lack patience. Now this seems like something everyone struggles with, but I think patience might just be the bane of my existence.  The way my parents tell it, I’ve been going full throttle after impulsive decisions since the day I entered this wonderful world 23 short years ago. I made a quick decision that it would be the…

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