Have you ever met those people who are just joyful? Nothing good has happened recently, no promotion, no achievements, and yet they’re still joyful. How much better would things be if we stopped looking at the severity of our situations like they’re the end of the world? What would it look like if we chose to be joyful no matter the circumstance? Instead of looking at a glass half empty, we look at if half full. This may seem super ridiculous, but I believe that we can be a generation that changes the trajectory of how our world is going. You always hear everyone say “choose joy.” It’s on shirts, coffee mugs, and journals, but what does choosing joy actually look like?Read More
Ever wondered why some people just seem to have IT? That overflowing joy that carries them through the hardest of time?
If you look to the word of God, you can find a lot of really great passages on rejoicing and joy and praising God. One of my favorites is this one below, because I believe God reveals a formula for life full of joy that everyone can and should live by.Read More
If you break down the word heart in this verse, it's representing desires and affections. I believe that a person who is pure in heart is one who desires the things that Jesus desires and does things for Him not for what He can do in return, but for who He is. Where are your motives? Do my desires line up with His? Am I operating out of a heart that is striving to become like Him? Why do you think God says above all, guard your heart? Because everything you do flows from it.Read More
To live in a spirit of worship is to live in a spirit of surrender. It’s when you live wholeheartedly in obedience to the Lord. When we worship God in everything we do, it shows that we desire to draw closer to Him. It’s taking a background position and letting God have center stage. If worship is a desire to draw closer to something, then we can easily worship other things.Read More
I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago listening to podcasts, and I heard this phrase: you become what you worship.
I felt the words sink deep into my chest, thick with conviction. I understood it before he even continued on. What was I spending the most time thinking about? What choices was I making every day that were cutting God out of my life? And when I panicked, who was I turning to first?Read More
I think we’ve gotten careless, friend. I mean, we just talk and talk and talk. We send memes and gifs with others’ words because they seem relevant, they make fun of life, and we value the ability to be funny in a sarcastic way. If you listen to how those around you speak, you’ll start to hear things that come up a lot, and these things reveal so much about what’s going on underneath all of the humor, the comment crafting, the culture we wear like a second skin.Read More
While living in the present, we often look to the future with anticipation, expectation, and excitement. We know that God has GOOD things planned for those who love Him. Harvest is coming. Right? Right.
But what we too often forget is this: The future will be a result of our present.Read More
This is a really tough topic. We think we can see the choices in front of us, but if you really start to analyze a day in your life and take a moment to think about all that you do, you’ll see that you make choices all of the time without thinking.
A lot the choices that we make without thinking are the choices that come from the reality we live in and the mindset we have. It’s a very tenative, fragile thing. Everyone has a different worldview, a different mindset, a different reality.Read More
Do you ever feel like you need a guide to see God clearly? These are questions I struggled with for most of my life. No matter how much I wanted to know God, now matter how hard I tried to DO the right things, I always seemed to end up back in the same place.
Beyond your fear, doubt, and pain there is something you can’t see. Something greater, something hopeful, and something bigger than you could imagine. If you could see this, you wouldn’t feel trapped by your circumstances, suffocated with anxiety, nor worried about the future. Because what you see, isn’t what God sees.Read More
There's a reason that we love things like scavenger hunts, Where's Waldo, escape rooms, hide and seek, geocaching, climbing to the top of a mountain....these things are fun! And we are wired to enjoy them. They graze a deeper longing we have within us.Read More
What does it mean to truly see clearly? When I was in my first year of college, I was very depressed (although I didn't realize it until later), and my own personal therapy was song writing. One lyric still stands out to me. It was part of a song that was a deep, heart-wrenching cry to God.Read More
When you devote yourself to the Lord with your whole heart, He can make your heart whole. Jesus doesn’t just command us to devote our whole hearts to Him for Himself. He wants our whole hearts because He desires more than anything to make us whole. He desires for us to live a life in which we are whole in Him and completely found in Him. Secure in His never-ending, never failing, everlasting L O V E.Read More
I want to talk about something because I think we need to. And usually, as believers, we don’t. We think we need to have it all together, hiding behind a mask that says everything is fine on the outside, all the while reeling from a dark aching pain in our hearts. It's common in evangelical circles to think we need to hide our feelings. Hide the sadness, hide the hurt, and hide the depression that is weighing our souls down. We listen to the lies- it's shameful, it's weakness, it’s selfish. We put on that “happy face” and pretend we can conquer the world, all the while feeling like we want to crawl in a hole by ourselves and cry. Ultimately, we can often find ourselves in places of doubt, protest, abandonment, and despair.Read More
Our amazing worship arts group is curating a monthly playlist that goes along with each of our monthly [HE]art themes. This month, we're focusing on the [HE]art of Devotion. So, we want to encourage you to take some time to be still with the Lord and worship with this month's worship playlist.Read More
"Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day." (1 Kings 8:61) Are you wholly devoted to God? Do you walk in His ways, obedient and loyal to Him day after day? Kind of seems overwhelming. So let’s break this down. There are two words we are going to pay close attention to. The word wholly and the word devoted.Read More
We talk about our hearts a lot.
With good reason, sure. We want to know what the heart behind an agenda is. We want to know what motivates and drives each other. It's another way of asking WHY. What is your why? Why are you doing that job? Why do you love creative ventures? Why aren't you more like me? Why is she like that?Read More
If you sing, dance, do photography, graphic design, or culinary arts, you are automatically a creator! However, as women of God we are called to be different than other creators in today’s society. We are called to be creators for our creator. We don’t get our creativity by engaging in the world but rather by disengaging from it to intimately connect with the one who created us.Read More
Where does your art come from?
You see yourself as a creative. Seeing an amazing photograph or really slick web design excites you. It gets your creative juices flowing, and soon the brainstorm has begun and you can't stop the downpour.
Maybe you are a writer, a designer, or a baker. Maybe you have a somewhat mundane job, but finding ways to be creative and different gives you a little thrill inside.
What is that feeling, anyway? It's almost tangible, you can just about taste it. It feels so strong and real, but somehow nameless at the same time.Read More
Let's talk about this thing called the heart. What actually is it? Because honestly, it's a seriously overused word. The power of what the heart is capable of is lost in the madness of this world.
We get excited about something, and we talk about our hearts. But then something new comes along, and our hearts are pulled in a different direction. The other thing isn't that fun anymore, it's taking actual work and time and this new thing is shiny and, oh! That giddy feeling? I'm pretty sure that is passion.....right?Read More