God Hasn’t Forgotten You

You can plan out your life all you want, but God can do anything at any moment to change your plans—and it will turn out better than you imagined. I can’t say this weekend started off well. I’ve been struggling with feeling homesick for the first time since I moved out a year and a…

Passion 2017: “Do You Want To Hear What I Have To Say?”

Passion 2017 was an exciting experience for me on many levels, but the one thing I looked forward to the most was getting to see Beth Moore speak live. For those of you who don’t know, Beth Moore’s Bible studies were my main inspiration when I first decided that I myself want to write Bible…

Passion 2017: The Most Important Thing I Learned

Exactly a week ago at this time I was preparing to attend the final day of Passion 2017. Passion is a conference for 18-25 year olds that takes place near the first of the year. Big name speakers and bands set out to encourage our generation and to make Jesus known. We are there for…

When Going Home Hurts

Last summer, I lived in a different city for an internship. On a short weekend home, when I didn’t have anything to do and my friends seemed to be busy, I was scrolling through various social media accounts. I came across a video of my friends hanging out at a pool. The video was no…

Yes, that Compliment was Meant for You

I recently received an email from my New Testament professor suggesting that I consider a Bible minor because, based on my work for that class, it seems I have a knack for it. When I first got the email my thoughts immediately went to, “Did he mean to send that to me? Maybe he got…

NaNoWriMo: Tips For Completing Your First Draft

I tried National Novel Writing Month for the first time last year by suggestion of one of my best friends. It was summer and I was getting ready to head off to university for the first time, so naturally, the idea sounded crazy. Write 1,667 words every day, finish the month with 50,000 words, AND…

Carrots and Mayonnaise

“Never in my life did I think I would spread mayonnaise with a carrot!” my young friend exclaimed. We were on the road for at least an hour before I remembered that we brought stuff to make sandwiches but nothing to spread the condiments. On Friday, July 15th, my four friends and I loaded up…

Follow God’s Path Even When the World Says It’s Impossible

Whenever I meet new people I get flooded with the typical questions, “You’re in college? What’s your major? What do you want to do with that?” For the past two years my answer to that final question has been simple: to write Bible studies. This shocks just about everyone. The unbelievers are the most hesitant,…

Pain Can Be a Blessing

On March 13, 2012, I had my fourth and final lung surgery. I completely forgot about this anniversary until a worship song in church reminded me of it. When I was in the hospital, and even sometimes when I am just having pain at home, I literally have to depend on God for the next…

Remembering Goals in the Midst of Stress

As a college student, it’s easy to lose sight of my goals. I mean, in the big picture it doesn’t make much of a difference. I’m working toward a degree and as long as I’m passing my classes I should be okay right? My daily life doesn’t matter as much because I’m accomplishing a bigger…

“Sometimes God Has To Mud Our Waters…”

I talked to one of my friend’s parents last Sunday about my feelings of not fitting in. My friend’s dad explained to me that God sometimes has to “mud our waters” to get us to go where He wants. In other words, we sometimes get too comfortable living our lives, so God has to make…