In the same way that leaving with a story makes something we do more memorable and meaningful, sinking when you walk through a storm makes the miracle stick in our souls.Read More
And when I can walk into a community without expectations for what it’s supposed to be for me, what I want it to do for me, only then is when community comes alive in my life, serving the purposes He’s designed it to serve.
In all the ways I didn't expect, even in a shorter season, I'm so glad this trip gave me that reminder. To the James Madison Fellows at the 2018 Summer Institute: thank you.Read More
Grief is a funny thing. There is a huge hole in my life and the lives of my family, with all of these memories swirling around inside. They get a little quieter, then they get a little louder, and some days I forget they’re there, but I never forget that he isn’t.Read More
At the end of my last blog post, I hinted that something different was coming up for me in this second month of summer. While the simple explanation might be that I’m taking a summer course as a part of my fellowship, there’s actually a lot more to the program than that, and to me it’s more that’s worth sharing.Read More
Time and space is a weird thing when you start thinking through the odds of it all. The fact that we would be here, stepping into these stories with these same people at our sides. More often than not, it makes me feel lucky. It makes me glad my God is my God, because it doesn’t get any clearer that He makes the mundane moments absolutely marvelous.Read More
I just wanted you to know I've been gone so I could learn better to listen to the voices that matter the most to me. And that I'm back because I want you to know what they've said.Read More
Practicing forgiveness is a way of acknowledging our true place. We’re fellow lawbreakers and fellow servants. We’ve been given much, forgiven much more than we’ll ever have to forgive ourselves. And truly, we reap fantastic rewards when we forgive.
It's a joy to welcome Emily Conrad to the blog today!Read More
You NEVER have to do it alone, no matter what your relationship status is or how many dates you’ve been on. You were never made to walk alone – you were made to walk with Him, and that makes all the difference.Read More
Refocusing my priorities, putting my time in the Word ahead of my time spent on school and work and people is great - but how much of a difference do I really let it make? I still get stressed when I can't find my own solutions, when the broken in front of me and the heaviness in me feels like a multitude.
God never asked us to face multitudes of hurt and helplessness on our own. He wanted us to fight the battles with Him, in His name. All we have to do is ask.Read More
In the spring, I studied Romans 8:28 with a mentor. The first half is used often in Christian circles in times of trouble to reassure us that there is a bigger plan, but let’s talk about the word good for a second. It’s no wonder that we look to this verse to remind ourselves that “good” is something promised, that it’s a part of God’s plan. But when we do, how are we defining good?Read More
The past few years, Spotify has released a "Your Top Songs of 2017" feature that always intrigues me. What songs have I listened to because they're old favorites, and what songs fell into my lap for the first time? And most of all - what songs summed up the way I saw the world at a particular moment?Read More
It's a hard love, friends. It can be hard to get up day in and day out and choose to believe it. Change hurts and it feels like a fall from a height you didn't know you'd climbed to and you never wanted to find in the first place.
But I am here to tell you that it does not stay hard forever.Read More
We live in a world that promises to accept and honor imperfection, but simultaneously holds us to a perfect standard. How do we escape a world that makes living out of a mindset of perfectionism second nature? How do we begin to accept that doing our best and being behind can coexist without shame?Read More
The communities you find meet you where you're at, and that starts with you meeting the people in them. So how do we go about that piece of it? I'm constantly learning more ways to answer that question, but it's true I've had more chances to learn from than many. Without further ado, here are my top five tips to go from meeting people to making new friends.Read More
I'm only a week into grad school, and I can already feel the tension rising. I feel myself starting to rise to the pressure to give the right answers, to be seen as capable, confident and collected. And the frantic thought at the forefront of my mind - but there's never going to be enough time.
Do you feel the same?Read More
Katie Bulmer is an author, speaker, and bright light in the world. Read on to hear what advice she would offer her 20-something self . . . I promise it will challenge you with truth and grace of the best kind.Read More
The summer stories I have are mine, and I'm grateful for them, and I want to live in them fully, for as long as they'll let me.
So I leave the laptop behind.Read More
But the thing about running is that it isn't real. Running takes my energy, my time, my focus; but it doesn't actually take me anywhere.
Even if you know what you're trying to leave behind when you take off, do you know what you're running towards?Read More
When I think of Scotland, I’m going to think of everything I never knew I needed. I’m going to think of history and hills and abbeys and castles. I’m going to think of all the beauty I never knew to ask for, and I am always going to be grateful.Read More
Scripture tells us that He has a plan, but what in the world do you do when the plan makes no sense?Read More