There are many girls at war with themselves. Many women also. There are females in this world that are not just struggling but viciously fighting with themselves and the world to embrace their beauty. They are fiercely fighting to cling to their identity, to find purpose, to accept contentment with who they are, and to grow based on all of that.Read More
Ok, my title is slightly misleading. . .and this post is going to read more like a rant, because it is a rant.
I do not hate the verse but I do hate when people use it like duct tape. Philippians 4:13 is not a fix all verse! It has a specific context and a deliberate meaning. Dr. Lytle, a professor of mine in college, once said, "[a verse] cannot mean what it never meant". He was saying that we do not get to choose what an author meant when he wrote the words he did (valid point to remember in today's society too, I think).
I went to bed last night and woke up this morning in a significant amount of pain. My knees are very sore. The weird part (for me): it is from running. If you know me, you know I do not like to run. The only incentive I had for running in high school was during rugby and that incentive was tackling the person with the ball. However, a little over a year ago, a friend of mine was inspired by someone we both know to be brave and daring. She prayed a bold prayer and cast a broad vision. Several months later she saw the benefits of her obedience to what could now be seen as God's call for her in a specific ministry; running a marathon to help people in India.Read More
There is a very popular children's song that I believe is sung in churches all across North America. While the underlying purpose of the song can be encouraging, it is essentially not true. The song itself tries to encourage children to share the Gospel with anyone and everyone they know, even as young children, but it does so with words that are misleading. The popular song of choice? "Be A Missionary"Read More
This past Sunday Pastor Ronnie spoke on being grateful and learning to have an "attitude of gratitude" in life. Here is the summary of the main points of the sermon:
- Repent of feeling sorry for myself
- Recognize that my salvation is the source of all gratitude
- Pray to be especially in His presence*
- Read God's Word
- Learn the discipline of thanking God for little things because little things become big things*
- Rejoicing brings peace
- Praise God with other people
- Always be thankful for Jesus*
Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel - all three prophets of the Old Testament faithfully served God through obedient submission. While each prophet's book is loaded with information concerning God, man, the Israel of old, and much more, there is one thing my mind has constantly been drawn to as i have studied them these last months and that one thing is the mystery of God's glory.Read More
One night a group of men decided to go fishing. They jumped into their trawler and pushed out of the shallows. When they were just far enough from shore to do their best fishing, they began to lower and draw their nets back in over and over again. The low hiss of the night breeze, the waves lapping the sides of the trawler, and their hungry stomachs were the only sounds heard besides their sighs of growing frustration. After working tirelessly for several hours, the men began to feel both hopeless and tired. Still they continued to work.Read More
When I was younger, I remember learning this little quip. You may know it as well.
"Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell off, who was left?"
"Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell off, who was left?"
Yes, it was annoying and I am sure you get the gist.
I actually have memories of saying this over and over again in the hair salon my mom used to work in. Whether I would say it to my mom, my brother, or my mom's customers, I just wanted to keep doing it, even though I had no idea why I had to keep repeating it at the time. Do you think anyone has ever wondered what happened to Pete? Maybe not, but I do know a story about a different Pete in a different boat.Read More
Man was promised something in the beginning of creation.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”Read More
~Genesis 2:15-16 (ESV)
The advent of Christmas is never something I have really gotten into. Yes, I have counted down the days to Christmas - but mostly just with a paper chain. When I was younger I did also have one of those calendars with the chocolate inside, but if we are honest, I cheated. . .I ate more than one chocolate per day. In recent years however, I have been hearing more people talking about advent books and studies. This year I was out on Black Friday and I saw a book at LifeWay for just $5. It is Louie Giglio's Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope. So, I decided to give it a go. Thus far, I have absolutely loved the simple challenges everyday.Read More
I am slightly behind in my updating and I apologize for that but sometimes life is just too busy and unexpected to work out the way you plan. However, today is a new day and I am making time to put this down.
This past Sunday I had an amazing privilege; I was part of a team of more than 20 people that took part in one way or another in the 2016 Aspire Harrisburg Marathon. Through the details, I had missed the deadline to sign up to run in a relay with others. What I did not miss though was the opportunity to be a part of that team. I went along as - you guessed it - the photographer.Read More
This is rather difficult to write. My heart is heavy and my mind is full. This election has tainted the moods of every American in one way or another. There is unrest and anger and hurt and fear. Politics are such a loaded topic. Writing about them, expressing an opinion regarding them can be terrifying. People seem to lose all tact, reason, and kindness during these months. But I pray that the outpouring of my heart will not be misunderstood as hate speech, nor as an easing of conscience, nor even as a farce or glossing over of real trials. Rather, I pray that these words will be as much of a challenge to anyone that reads them as they have been to me.Read More
This blog won't be full of my own words but I woke up this morning with a heavy heart. My friend Kacey happened to state my exact thoughts in her Facebook status:
"I'm so sad. I can barely stand the hate that election years brings to our country. This year has been unequaled. Why can't we all respect that we all have our own opinions and we vote based on our own VALID beliefs? I completely understand where every single person was coming from with their vote. But to tell ANYONE they are wrong for feeling the way they do, is messed up. Do you realize that no matter who you are, the way you feel in the pit of your stomach right now, is exactly how the other half of the nation would have felt if Hillary had won. Have compassion on your neighbor right now and remember that WE ARE ALL PEOPLE!!!! And Donald Trump... he needs more prayer than anyone I know."Read More
"I’m sick, and I have been for about two years now. I have a really rare blood disorder called Hypereosinophilia, and while it isn’t technically cancer, it affects your white blood cells, similar to the way leukemia does. While doctors now know the name for what I have, there is very little known about this blood disorder, and that has caused some complications along the way."Read More
Fear. A common emotion initiated by a vast number of stimuli. As humans, we fear many things. A simple google search can produce many of those fears easily.
Perfection. Ever since I was young, I have been meticulous. When working on projects, I would describe myself as a perfectionist. While I would not go as far as to say that perfectionism is an obsessive behavior, it can and sometimes does alter how I operate. As a perfectionist, I fear imperfection - that is to say, I fear to fail. Quick analyses show all the potential obstacles that I could run into during the process. In an attempt to work them out before I start (so as to avoid said problems), the task may take much longer than anticipated or in extreme cases it may never even start.Read More
Fall is here. With fall comes the changing of many things; the colors of the leaves, the temperatures of the days and nights, the hours of sunlight. But one of the things I love about fall is that it is homecoming season! What an opportunity to see how old friends have changed since they were last seen. October 7 and 8 was homecoming at Clarks Summit University. In hopes of reconnecting with those that I attended college with and professors that taught me, I also hoped to run into those that I had built relationships with when I was coaching. And as it was homecoming weekend, I hoped to build new relationships with other alumni and guests at CSU.Read More
I bet you are thinking that is such a random thing to say. But it is so true. For the last 19 months, I have been studying through the Old Testament. It is taking me a long time, but it is wonderful. Leviticus and Numbers were not my favorite books to slog through but I have a deeper appreciation for them. History is miserable but without it I would have no idea what happened back then or why. Kings and Chronicles can be wordy and boring at times but they are jammed full of great things. Then there are the exciting things; those prophet guys that speak to the people what God has said and shown them. Now those are the things I could (and do) read about more than once.Read More
There are seasons in life which will be difficult. Some of the difficulty of these seasons are multiplied by the unexpected nature with which they come. Over the past month, I have been convicted in the area of prayer. Initially, this conviction was spurred by my prayers for a young 5 year old boy fighting against leukemia. . .for the second time in his young life.Read More