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Our ideas of success in American society often cause us to lead exhausting lives. I suggest we rethink our definition of what success actually is.
Success is Finishing
A marathon runner doesn’t count his success as the number of people he finished ahead of; simply completing the race means that he has done an incredible job. I was watching my RA and his fiancé stuff wedding invitations into envelopes the other day, and I ...

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No matter how busy, burnt out, or low you are, I’m thankful for the breath in your lungs.
The Miracle in Our Lungs
“Every breath that you take is a miracle.” - Switchfoot, Live It Well I wish everyone could understand this incredible truth. Somehow, this message needs to be spread. No matter how busy, burnt out, or low you are, I’m thankful for the breath in your lungs....

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Time and again, it can seem like trouble washes over us. Even still, if we wait patiently and turn to God with contrite and humble hearts, He will restore to us what we have lost.
Locusts
“I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust ate… You will know that I am present in Israel and that I am Yahweh your God, and there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame.” - Joel 2:25a; 27 (HCSB) Today in church our pastor spo...

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The Christmas Gift we celebrated yesterday prompts our hearts to find ways that we can offer a worthy gift to our Heavenly Father.
A Worthy Gift
“What can I bring to You? Simply a song of love and boundless gratitude; my whole life for You.” - Vineyard Music As I’ve been home on break, I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to read again just because I enjoy it. Away at school, I read a lot of te...

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It's day 1 of Dressember! I'm super excited to be involved in this awareness campaign this year. Read below to find out what Dressember is!
Dressember Day 1
Today is the first day of December, which means it’s also Day 1 of Dressember! What is Dressember? It’s an awareness campaign that seeks to end modern day slavery. The creators of such a project originally intended women to wear a dress every day in the mon...

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As Christians, we need to promote unity and love among those that don't see it played out in this election season.
Instrument
“Where there is hatred, Lord, let me sow Your love. Where there’s injury, let forgiveness be enough. Are we giving up fighting the good fight? Where there is despair, just a flicker in the flame could break the veil of night.” - Matt Maher As I reflect on t...

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When all is stripped away, there is only One who remains.
The End of Me
I take the final few steps to reach the edge of the expanse, toes dangerously close to the ledge. As I look out and search the empty darkness for a sign of anything, I know that I’ve hit the end of my journey. This is the end of the road, the end of my jour...

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Stepping Back
When constant distractions all around,  seek to drive me to my knees, I come and pray and ask that You would speak and calm the seas. My life gets cluttered and cramped, and there’s so little time for You. And yet, You hold me in Your arms, and are with me ...

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Adventure awaits when we obediently surrender to God's calling on our lives.
Here I Am
“The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.” - Henry T. Blackaby I’ve read 1 Samuel 3 many times over. It’s one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The story is that of Samuel as a boy; you probably know it. Samuel he...

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Even in our absence, we can encourage others to model their lives after Christ.
Leaving Well
“For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” - 2 Corinthians 2:15 HCSB On the eve of the last day of Camp Hope while I was in Zambia, one of our team members shared this verse in his devotion...
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