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
Journeying through the New Testament has quickly become the adventure I never expected. Unlike the lesser known road of the Old Testament books, each step in the New reveals something in these old well trodden paths that I never took notice of before. Like a blind man made seeing - fascinated by colors and details - I find myself enamored by simple word placement and choice. The mystery of Jesus' life is mesmerizing and what I am coming to understand more deeply as I study is that the Jesus I am seeing is not the same Jesus I came to know and understand as a child.Read More
When we lose sight of things, particularly when we lose sight of things that our parents or grandparents held onto securely, we look back on them and often say, "we have lost the art of _______". Why do we say that? How have we come to understand things of the past as art forms? It seems to be a matter of perspective. We have not lost the art, we have simply lost the discipline in seeing it as art.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
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