Serving = Sacrifice

Recently, although I've been attending church in the town I live in, I've also been listening to sermons from one of the churches I've  gone to the past couple years. This particular sermon series is about generosity. For me, it stood out because it discusses generosity in more than just financial terms. God has been convicting me … Continue reading Serving = Sacrifice


The Task Before You

I was at the rock wall last week and while taking a break, analyzing the wall the next wall to climb, a guy sat down next to me and introduced himself. We were talking for a few minutes about climbing, then eventually moved into the basic college student conversation about our major, year, future plans, … Continue reading The Task Before You

Removing the Pressures

As a busy grad student, I decided this semester I would work on procrastinating less but, at the same time, having a set morning routine that includes things like reading the Bible and writing (for my novel). This is something I started over break and it has been going surprisingly well—except on Sundays. In addition … Continue reading Removing the Pressures

My New Year’s Goals

I'm using the word "goals" because "resolutions" seems to imply that I've decided what I'm going to do differently this new year. However, since I know I'm going to fail at times, I'd rather refer to them as goals because it's something to strive toward; this will help me not be so hard on myself … Continue reading My New Year’s Goals

Christmas Break: A Time to Rest, But Not to Waste

Not all colleges give a long Christmas break, but if yours is like mine, you might have a month or more off! Breaks are needed after a long semester, but when I have this much time off, I want to accomplish more than just catch up on TV shows. For me, managing my time is … Continue reading Christmas Break: A Time to Rest, But Not to Waste


I'm the type of person who never wants to take time to rest. About a week ago, I arrived home from my first semester of graduate school. I was looking forward to the long break ahead, and I couldn't wait to get started on my to-do list. After the eleven hour drive home, I was … Continue reading Rest

Too Busy to Write?

It's November! To all the writers out there, it's that time of the year again! In case you haven't heard, November is national novel writing month (or NaNoWriMo), so if you've been wanting to write a novel, now is the time to do it! The goal of NaNoWriMo is exactly what it says, to write … Continue reading Too Busy to Write?


Have you ever heard of the ACTS prayer method? ACTS stands for Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication. Last week, in my systematic theology class, this method was brought up. I hadn't heard of it for a while and I don't know who first came up with it, but it's something I remember praying through in a study several … Continue reading ACTS

Test Anxiety

I have pretty bad test anxiety. During tests, it's like something in my brain stops working. My heart pounds as I stare at questions I know I studied the answers to, but if I didn't study it extensively I probably won't remember the little detail I need to answer it correctly. I had to take … Continue reading Test Anxiety

Spontaneous Peace

A few days ago, last Tuesday night to be exact, I decided to head home to my parents' house for fall break. This decision may not sound like a big deal to most, but those of you who know me know I don't do things last minute. Especially spontaneous road trips. Did I mention it's … Continue reading Spontaneous Peace