Day one of leading a group of children at VBS. At 17, I've never been anything but a "camper" in vacation bible school. But today, I walked into that church and stood in my square of duct tape, with two 11-year-old helpers, and waited for my kids to show up. I had seven kids. Seven… Continue reading What I Learned From Volunteering at VBS
Picture this: You're sitting in your classroom, three minutes before class is supposed to start. Time passes. It's three minutes past time now, and your teacher isn't there. Ten minutes go by. Still no teacher. As much as you doodle on your notebook and complain to your classmates, the teacher doesn't come. We've all waited… Continue reading Who Are You Waiting For?
It is the strangest experience in the world to sit in a secular history class and listen to your teacher preach the gospel. "Today we're going to be talking about the Protestant Reformation." My teacher cleared her throat and took a sip of water before proceeding to explain my faith to the entire class. "One… Continue reading The Gospel In My History Class
My alarm goes off. From the moment I open my eyes, I just want to close them again. From the moment I get out of bed, I just want to crawl back under those covers. Can you identify? It's not chronic fatigue. It's not the result of an overly busy schedule or too many classes… Continue reading An Empty Vessel
Alright everyone. I am currently on a college visit out-of-state, so I am reposting an old post today. But please read it, because (am I allowed to say this?) it encouraged me when I re-read it. This morning I read Luke 1 and was struck with how similar I am to Zacharias. Let me give… Continue reading God Will Do What He Says (In Spite of Me) *Repost*
Well, this is my seventh snow day in a row so far. I haven't gone to my school's campus since February 1st, almost two weeks ago! And this is not common for my area, where we get an average of 6.5 inches of snow a year. We've had several times that just in the past… Continue reading Snowed In
Trusting Christ. That phrase has a lot of meaning to me. It seems to sum up so much of Christianity. It is the foundation of the Christian life, the basis of salvation, the only thing that makes joy and peace and love possible. I realized recently that all my strivings can be answered by trusting… Continue reading Do I Trust Christ For…?
I learn by watching people. I love to look at godly Christian women and marvel at what God has done in their lives. If you asked me directly I could give you the names of a dozen people I look up to and the qualities that I admire in them. But watching them has often… Continue reading Used by God
Sometimes I feel discouraged by reading the New Testament. There are 1,050 commands in the New Testament alone, complete with seventy-four things to be and thirty things to not be... Do you ever look at even a few and realize that, even as a Christian, saved by grace, loved by Jesus, walking in the light-- you… Continue reading You Will Never Be Worthy (But Jesus Is)
I am an overthinker. I am also a perfectionist. That is a bad combination. So often I turn my life into a giant checklist. As soon as I've messed up and missed a box, I mentally give up on the day... after all, it's not going to be perfect. And then I over-analyze and feel… Continue reading Simplifying Things