On Obedience

Recently, I shared blog posts on why good theology matters, and another on the dangers that result from putting righteousness before man in front of righteousness before God. Because good theology matters and because legalism is harmful, it is important to discuss obedience. I love this quote. It sums up a lot of biblical principles … Continue reading On Obedience

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Why Good Theology Matters

If you've ever read or attempted to read a systematic theology, you know how overwhelming and confusing the study of theology can be. There are so many theories, ideas, systems, discussions, and debates out there and they can be difficult to wade through. It is easy to come to the conclusion that studying deep theology … Continue reading Why Good Theology Matters

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 Purity Culture

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 On Failure and Messed Up Plans

Dear Pro-Life Christian

Dear Pro-Life Christian, Hey there. You may be reading this and thinking, "isn't saying pro-life Christian a little redundant? Wouldn't every Christian automatically be pro-life?" That is what I once thought, too. Unfortunately, I was wrong. But that's not what this letter is about. If you are a believer and consider yourself to be pro-life, … Continue reading Dear Pro-Life Christian

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 Come, Let Us Adore Him

2017 NaNoWriMo: The Conclusion

Well, that's a wrap! NaNoWriMo 2017 is over. I'm going to be as upfront as possible and say that it definitely did not go as planned. My first National Novel Writing Month was not won. I did not write 50,000 words. I even factored in what I wrote for my blog and freelancing work, and … Continue reading 2017 NaNoWriMo: The Conclusion

When the World is Exhausting

There was another shooting on Sunday. Another. Shooting. At a church. So many people died. And as I scrolled through Twitter I saw more discussion on the merits or perils of gun control than I did about how to help a local church that just went through something horrific. I don't always speak kindly. I've … Continue reading When the World is Exhausting

When Worries Overwhelm

I'm a worrier in the worst sense of the word. If you were a bug on the wall in our apartment, you would hear my husband often talking me out of wondering if our currently nonexistent children will be happy and well-adjusted or whether I'll ever be where I want to be weight-wise or if … Continue reading When Worries Overwhelm

When Desires Go Unfulfilled

Before my husband and I started dating, I was the perpetually single friend. I was the girl who was always a bridesmaid, but never a bride. On the outside I was independent, self-sufficient, goal-oriented, and totally fine with being on my own. On the inside, that was also true. Well... mostly. On the inside, I … Continue reading When Desires Go Unfulfilled