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Singing Your Heart Out
My goodness, was tonight one of the most amazing nights I’ve ever had. It’s all thanks to Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. I’ll be honest… I used to be one of those people in church that would sit in the back, be as quiet as a mouse, and not sing my true praises to God. It scared me to let those insecurities go. To let those fears of sounding awful consume me. Tonight,...
God's Work in Strange Ways
It’s been quite some time since I actually made a blog post, but rest assured, I have a story to tell. Some of you may or may not know that I have a scripture text ministry that I’ve been doing for almost a year now. I send a piece of scripture with a little message Monday through Friday to numerous people, just to give them some inspiration for the day and to encourage them in the...
Plane Ride Prayer
When I flew to Arizona a couple weeks ago, or whenever I fly quite frankly, I always write a prayer. Not just because it is a time for me to fully engage in him in the midst of chaotic noises in the plane, but it is my time to write down prayers instead of saying them in my head. The written prayers are in your face, ready for you to re-read over and over again when you feel as if life is coming...
A Prayer for the Soul
God, I want to surrender. I want to give you everything I have. My heart, my mind, my soul, my spirit. Take it all from me and mold me the way You desire me to be. I see myself as a sinner, but You see me as pure. I can’t forgive others for their mistakes, but You forgive me for all of my wrongdoing. I can’t forget my past, but You give me a new future to look forward to. You, God,...
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His....
The True Value of Siblings
Here’s a list of conjured-up thoughts about why I love my brother and sister, not only as people, but as my siblings. First, we’ll start with my sister, Megan. 1. She has and always will be one of my heroes. 2. She is one of the strongest people I know, physically and mentally. 3. She has a laughter that, as loud as it is, is contagious and you can’t help but join in. 4. She...
Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
I’m following behind You, I’m staying close beside You, I’ve...– Audrey Assad, “No Turning Back”
ELCA Youth Gathering: Day 3
Wow. All I can truly say is that today was such a fantastically amazing day. Waking up today, I felt so on fire for God. Nothing could bring me down from my mood. Today was Practicing Peacemaking day, so we made the trek to the Convention Center and had the chance to worship loud and proud with others in an auditorium. The singers were so powerful and filled the room with music that could lift...
Missing my church family. Hard to believe that I...
ELCA Youth Gathering: Day 2
Today was such an amazing day, not only because of the experiences I encountered today, but because I’ve finally understood why I have chosen to follow Jesus Christ. Waking up and walking to The Marriott Hotel on Canal Street was a great walk to start the day. I have developed a new nickname from the leaders of the group as well. Instead of being the GPS device called Tom-Tom, I am now...
ELCA Youth Gathering: Day 1
After traveling for seventeen hours on a charter bus, it felt so great to finally be off of the bus in a city that I was familiar with. A city full of vibrancy, sounds of music, and the hustle and bustle of passers-by. I kept having deja-vu moments walking around town, remembering what street our hotel was on three years ago, the shortcuts to get to the Superdome, and which stations were where...
Days spent in Spain...
Day 6: Even though I was a bit sad that we were leaving Pamplona, I could not wait to get to Barcelona and see all of the wonderful things I’ve heard about the city. But first, we had to make a pit stop to a city called Zaragoza. Zaragoza is known for its famous church, The Pilar, that has green, yellow, white and blue tiles on the roof. On one of the facades, there was a war that went on...
Witnessing God's work in other's lives
Just a simple story; nothing fancy, nothing over-the-top, but just a story that has warmed my heart. Over this past year, I have gotten to know a young man by the name of Robbie Brown. Now, if you are a student at Heath High School or happen to know his family, you may know Rob as a goofy, lighthearted guy who always has a smile on his face. I cannot recall how many days, hours, or minutes that he...
Reminds me of the early mornings, getting the...
We Need Boring Christians →
katiecrosby: “But radical discipleship is not adventure tourism. Following Jesus is not to be romanticized through impressive Facebook status updates or photos of exotic places on our blog. Discipleship is often ugly, messy and painful. Faithful service will regularly lead us into dull labors and bewildering struggles that would make unexciting press. To romanticize social justice or...
Leaving France, on to Spain!
Day 5: As we were on our way to the city of Pamplona from Biarritz, we made a couple pit stops at two different cities: Saint Jean de Luz and San Sebastian. Saint Jean de Luz is a small fisherman’s town located on the coast of France, filled with beaches and boats. The town was colored with flowers and buildings that place you back in time with the city’s historic background. The...