When It Costs Everything You Have

Tonight is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Tomorrow also happens to be the day I start seminary. It’s a new season for me, a very significant one. And tonight, I realized it needs to start with surrender. Everything is shifting around me. I just moved across the country to a new […]

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The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 1: Faith

At my church growing up, we celebrated Advent. I miss it sometimes. The countdown of the weeks until Christmas with the traditional Scripture readings. The prayers led by families holding hands. And the candles. I always associate Christmas and Advent with candles. My church now doesn’t observe Advent, but I decided to prepare myself for Christmas more intentionally this year by […]

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Childlike Wonder

I still remember how I first learned the word jaded. My sixth grade English teacher said she preferred teaching us sixth graders because by eighth grade, students became jaded. Jaded? What was this mysterious quality of eighth graders she found so unlikeable? Now I not only know the definition of jaded, I sometimes, to my […]

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Searching

Being shaken forces your roots to go down deeper. That’s something I’ve been learning during this 40-Day Media Fast. (Currently on Day 25––I’ve passed the halfway point!) Man oh man, I didn’t foresee how challenging this fast would be when I started it. Not the giving up TV and movies part. That’s been relatively easy. But […]

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When He draws close

I melt. No matter how long I’ve known Him or how many times I’ve heard Him say He loves me, it will never get old. Not the way He says it. Show me Your glory. I decided to ask for that last night, walking down a dark alley, no one else around. I paused, checking myself. Did I […]

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Making His Praise Glorious

When I was a little girl dreaming about singing on stage as part of a worship team, I had very little understanding of what that role required. Now that I have the privilege of not only singing with a praise team, but being a praise leader, I know that it’s about much more than singing a few songs or saying a […]

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Encounters that Change You (God’s Love)

I got some crazy revelations last weekend. Some major mindset shifts. (I was at this awesome church leadership retreat, in case you’re curious.) And, I experienced a lot of JOY. Not just normal haha that’s funny let’s retell that story later kind of joy. But happiness so deep and wide and overwhelming it almost hurt. […]

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Facing the Unknown

I used to be highly uncomfortable with the unknown. I desired answers and to just know what lay ahead. In fact, I wanted to not just know, but to be there. Now I know that it’s much better to live an adventure, to NOT know everything. The unknowns make life exciting. Before, I didn’t know what it […]

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