Personal Growth

Taking Thoughts Captive

Taking every thought captive is definitely not something I have mastered. I still have times where I question my thoughts. I wonder: how did I allow this to happen again?

For My Fellow Survivors: Part 2

For those who haven’t had to walk through such extreme pain and really can’t relate, just listen to those hurting around you. Don’t judge their healing journey.

No Sweeter Friend

But it is here in the middle of this new stage of motherhood that I realize how important friendships are and also how rare those deep friendships are.

Single Isn’t Scary: Identity

When my eyes opened to how important identity is, singleness became refreshing. It gave me time to understand why I think and process like I do.

It’s All About Perspective

This world doesn’t need more physicians, attorneys, or computer geniuses (even though these things are amazing); what we need are men and women who realize that love is the very best dream to pursue.

Accountability

If we are contrite in our responses to the feedback we receive or the sin that is revealed in us, we have a real chance at growing in our spiritual walk.

The Kayak That Almost Killed Me

Water started rushing into the boat, and I tipped even more. The weight of the water began crushing the kayak, wrapping it around the tree. I thought I was going to die. Yes, you read that right. Die.

Fitting in Fitness

No matter where you are with trying to make fitness work for you, be encouraged that you’re not alone. Fitting in fitness can be challenging, but you can do it.

The Day I Had to Choose Between God or the Girl

The next few days were a blur. Through conversation with friends and an eventual conversation by phone, I came to find out that she had come to the understanding that she didn’t want to be a pastor’s wife after all. Apparently, she realized this during my ordination.

The Gift: Overcoming Postpartum

I genuinely wanted the Giver to take it back. It was a mistake! You’ve got the wrong address! I screamed, I sobbed, I panicked!

God Sympathizes With Our Frailty

The realization of how Jesus sympathizes with me in my humanness and frailty has changed my perspective in regard to the guilt and shame I’ve carried.

How a Revolution Started With a Sleeping Bag

Shane Claiborne is a public speaker, social activist, and author. He strives to strip away all that culture has added to Christianity and get to the core of what following Jesus means.

Instant Gratification

Our need for instant gratification needs to be put in check with God’s timing. The actions we take today do not always get rewarded immediately.

Unexpected Journey

There have been many times I’ve fallen into a hopeless place, wondering when, if ever, point B would come into view (whatever point B was anyway?).

Moving Day

We closed on the sale of our house on December 18th and finished moving our stuff into the Arctic Wolf. I might not have been a shining light that day, but I did hold my tongue…

A Humble Preacher Heard by Millions

I can recognize Alistair Begg’s voice almost anywhere. His voice filled the car when I was a child. It bounced around the living room as I grew up, and has even graced my ears as an adult. He is a timeless teacher that has shaped not only my life but millions of other lives, too.

Standing on the Offensive Line

When you find yourself in a place of offense, your mind, heart, and spirit are more than likely unsettled. You may be figuring ways to justify yourself.

Seeing Our Pain as a Gift

Experiencing rejection can be seen as an incredible gift if you choose to look at it from God’s perspective. In doing that, my prayer is that the Lord will use you to pull people that are hurting closer to Him.

Getting Wilder

Quickly, my dreamt up glamorous adventure with God turned into a death sentence. I truly thought I had put away so many things of this world.

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Rachael

It would take years of flickerless bedside lamps and syllable-silent thunder to realize God was never in them. He was talking, just not in those ways.