It was only a year ago, when I was sitting on the beach chairs next to my new husband in Bali. It was a hot day, the breeze was swaying. We had spent the week adventuring and finally in the stillness, the feelings in my heart bubbled to the surface.Read More
Growing up, my mom used to read a story about a king and his kingdom, complete with a princess and three daring young knights all hoping to win the fair maiden’s hand in marriage. One day, the prince challenged the brave knights to a quest that would reveal to his father the king, which of them was worthy of his sister's hand. The first knight was known for his strength, another for his swiftness, and the third for his wisdom.Read More
Have you ever wanted to do something but you let insecurity or fear get in the way?
I grew up loving to write. I loved to imagine traveling to exotic places- destinations like Hawaii, China, and the local mall. I started writing love stories when I started seriously falling in love – you know, around the age of ten. I won some awards in grade school that earned me some recognition and a free meal at McDonalds one year. I designed and created my own magazine and was delighted over my sole subscriber- my grandma. I was going to be a published author one day- I just knew it.Read More
SO much in our lives is identity based. We determine who we are based on any number of things - the clothes we wear, the makeup on our faces, the friends we have, where we live, what we do, and even sometimes our relationship statuses. But what if we did something different? What if we determined our identities - determined our WORTH - based on what the God of the universe says about us?
It’s something everyone is longing for, craving, desperately searching for, and can’t live without.
Joy. “We have it over here!” The world cries in our ears, loud enough to deafen even our own thoughts and ideas. We see the smiles and hear the laughter and tell ourselves, “This is what I’ve been looking for.” This must be joy. So we join in, slowly at first, but soon enough we’re diving head first into a life that we’ve been told will bring us joy.Read More
“WHY GOD? WHY?” I PRAYED.
What was wrong with my plans? I expected my life to follow this path. I expected to be in a different season of life right now. I expected [fill in the blank]. I was frustrated and hurt because things weren’t going my way, and I couldn’t understand what God was doing in my life.Read More
“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.” (Genesis 31:13 NKJV)
"I am the God of Bethel."
Why does God say this? What is the significance? Bethel was the last place Jacob had an encounter with God. Bethel was the place that God made the same kind of covenant with Jacob that He did with Abraham.Read More
It’s Saturday morning. I’m sitting in my small temporary room with a gentle California breeze cascading through the cracked window. The sky is blue, the birds are awake, and I’m reflecting on the reality that just last year, this strange and tropical place became my new home. My forever home is 2,000 miles away in Chicago, where my parents and five siblings and precious nieces and nephew live. It’s where I spent 23 years of my life, learned my greatest lessons, married my greatest love, and became the person I am today...Read More
Dreams have been on my mind a lot lately. Not the kind you have while you sleep, but the kind that keep you from sleeping. The kind that make you stay up all night imagining what you could be, what you could do, and what you could accomplish. The ones that make your heart beat faster. The ones you see other people accomplishing and you think, “That’s it. That’s what I want my life to look like.” The dream of getting married and starting a family. The dream of publishing a book. The dream of becoming a speaker. The dream of starting a business. The dream of being a singer-songwriter.
It’s fun to dream, right? It’s fun to sit there and think about all these amazing things you want to do. It’s fun until all these dreams of yours are going nowhere. It’s fun until you see somebody else living the life you dreamed for yourself.Read More