O Come, Emmanuel | The Breathtaking Hope of Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. Advent is about waiting. It’s the weeks leading up to Christmas, when we remember Israel’s longing for the Messiah, the thousands of years before He came. We remember the prophecies, the wondering when the Savior would appear. We remember the darkness …

The Beauty of Intentional Friendships

Something I’ve been discovering lately is how much I need intentionality in my friendships. Up until pretty recently, there were friends I saw three or four times a week without even trying. I had church twice a week, plus one or two co-ops, and there was a lot of overlap …

Go Outside Your House

I hate running. I know some people find it enjoyable and fun, and I respect them highly because I honestly can’t comprehend that. For me, running is a combination of pain and boredom. Biking, on the other hand, I can do. I’ve been riding a bike since I was maybe …

What Do We Thank God For?

Family. Friends. Provision. Studying. Good music. Iced lattes and hot tea. Dark chocolate. Safety from hurricanes. Late afternoon sun on floodwater.  There are so many little blessings every day that we never stop and thank God for. Sometimes the abundance of His undeserved kindness seems overwhelming. But the things I …

There Is Peace In the Storm

Maybe it’s just because I’m in Florida; but it seems like there’s only one topic of conversation right now. The Storm. The name of Irma is on everybody’s lips. Where will it turn? Which coast will be affected? What’s going to happen next? Irma is a massive, swirling wall of water …

Every Breath As a Gift

The theme for this year’s Bible Bee study was Created. It seems pretty obvious. I mean, if you grew up in church Genesis 1:1 was probably one of the first verses you ever memorized. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But what started to stick out …