new year, new word

new year, new word

This past Sunday at church, the pastor who was speaking interviewed an older member of the church, and asked her what her New Year traditions were. She shared that she spends time alone with God and asks for a word for her to focus on for the year, and keeps that word in the forefront of her mind for the next 12 months. I love this idea of choosing something to focus on for the year, and felt very convicted over the last month to focus on the word: consistency.

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and if not

and if not

i remember coming across a girl’s instagram bio, and she had written a phrase that i had heard many times: “and if not, He is still good.” what was different about her bio was that she included a reference to daniel 3:18. honestly, i had heard that phrase before but never really investigated if it was in scripture or if it was just one of those things christians say. immediately, i googled it, and so many articles popped up about this saying and the scripture it references. when i investigated deeper into this passage, i found the message of this phrase much different, but has been much more powerful in my life.

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when the Gospel isn’t such good news

when the Gospel isn’t such good news

this is the new mission statement our church has recently adopted, and over the past few weeks our pastor has been going through a sermon series explaining the heart behind this direction for our church body. last week, he talked about the gospel, and how many people in our society no longer view the gospel as good news due to the way christians have presented it to them. this struck a chord with me, because this is one of the main reasons i have struggled with my faith, especially over the last few years.

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24 things 24 taught me- lessons on friends, marriage, faith, and finding myself

24 things 24 taught me- lessons on friends, marriage, faith, and finding myself

okay. if i had to choose a post that i was most nervous to hit publish so far- this is probably it. and honestly, it’s not because of putting it out there to people i don’t know personally (yet!), but because of the people who i live life with on a day to day basis who have either lived these lessons with me, or have been gracious enough to allow me to learn them when i don’t put them into practice consistently. 

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