On Purity Culture

**I want to preface this post by stating that much of what I am about to say about my experience with purity culture had nothing to do with my parents. The most they did that could be considered "purity culture" was buy me a purity ring at age sixteen, that came to represent much more... Continue Reading →

On Failure and Messed Up Plans

Our Whole30 was going beautifully. I was feeling great, loving the way we were eating, and having fun creating delicious, healthy, and creative meals. At the start of week four, I set out to work out for five days that week. Monday went great: I started Couch to 5k, got some extra walking in, I... Continue Reading →

Come, Let Us Adore Him

The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year, second only to fall and Thanksgiving. I love twinkling lights, frost, snow, decorations, and Christmas movies. I love the way family gets a little bit closer when gathered around the Christmas tree. I love the Christmas plays (both in and out of church) and... Continue Reading →

We Are But Vapors

Death. It is a word we are often numb to or do not consider too deeply. With the vast amounts of information available at our fingertips, it would not be surprising to hear of death almost daily. But death changes when it creeps close to home, when it touches people we know and love or... Continue Reading →

The Best Days of My Life

This post originally appeared in a slightly different form three months ago. I removed it from my blog during a time of pain and heartache. I have decided (after some editing) that it still needs to be posted. I hope it is still encouraging to you today as it was for me write, read, and... Continue Reading →

The Middle.

I wrote the following journal entry in January 2015. In many ways, I'm still where I was when I wrote this. Stuck in the middle, wishing for the end. But in many ways, I have grown so much from being in the middle. I have learned that even in His silence, God is still working.... Continue Reading →

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