Lift Up Your Heart

“If you can hold the stars in place // You can hold my heart the same // So here I am, lifting up my heart // To the one who holds the stars” [Stars by Skillet] As I was walking ‘home’ this evening, I stood in awe of the sheer amount of stars visible to…

You First, Them Second.

“I think the greatest thing that we can do is take care of each other.” [Sophia Bush] If I had a mantra, this quote would be it. [Right up there next to “Stay classy, sassy, and a bit bad assy”] The reason I say “if” is in part because i’m ridiculously indecisive and the other…

You Monster?

“You become the monster you fear the most, so the monster won’t overtake you.” [unknown] Ever since I was a little kid, I was taught that monsters were afraid of humans. That they hid in the closet or under my bed, they could only get out if I let them. To this day I still…

Black Coffee

“Black coffee is a synecdoche for life: when you eliminate the excess – when you deliberately avoid life’s empty calories – what remains is exponentially more delicious, more enjoyable, more worthwhile. It might be a bitter shock at first; but, much like coffee, a meaningful life is an acquired taste. Sip slowly and enjoy.” [the…

Fighting Your Own Mind

“To battle against your toxic thoughts, you must identify and reject them. As 2 Corinthians 10 tells us, the battle against out toxic thoughts is like none other. It is not a physical battle, but rather it is a spiritual battle that requires God’s help in fighting.” [unknown] This summer I was introduced to the…

It Is Well

“The peace and fulfillment of Jesus is literally so good that your bank account can be empty, your body can be sick, and your heart can be broken but it can always be well with your soul.” [Carl Lentz] Somehow I made it through twenty years relying on my own strength and bank account. I…

Approaching Him Confidently

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” [Hebrews 4:16] Saturday evening as I walked out of the house, my mom reminded me of my midnight curfew. Midnight on the weekend and eleven o’clock on weeknights….

Dig Deeper, Babe

“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” [Stephanie Bennett-Henry] Some days life is just plain tough, and sometimes those days seem never-ending. You could say I’ve had a lot of those days lately. Days where I wish 12 noon was 12 midnight and I was in bed watching One Tree Hill. I’m not…

You Will Need Other People

“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.” [Jamie Tworkowski] Last Wednesday seemed…

All I Know, All I Need

“When the lies speak louder than the truth, remind me I belong to you. When I can’t see past the dark of night, remind me that you’re always by my side. We are the sons, we are the daughters of God. No matter where we go we’re close to the father’s heart. And though we…

Tell Me About Your Life

“Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances.” [C. S. Lewis]   In the past twenty four hours I have had two friends ask me to tell them about my life. Both of these individuals have been such positive influences in my life that naturally my…

This is MY Fight Song

“Music touches us emotionally where words can’t.” [Johnny Depp] There are three questions I hate being asked. 1) How can I be praying for you? 2) What is your favorite food? 3) What kind of music do you like? I get asked these questions all the freakin time. If I were to properly answer them…