There was a time where I wasn’t leaning on God as much as I should. I felt like I didn’t have the authority that Jesus has given to us. Instead of praying boldly about my depression or insecurities, I would hide in my room, sometimes lying in bed all day because I was too anxious or depressed to do anything if I was off work.
Recently, my mom and I have been working through an inductive study  of 1 Peter together. We just finished 1 Peter chapter 1, studying the themes of suffering and salvation. Today I thought I'd share some of the gems I've been learning about salvation.
If you have ever been rock climbing, even on a climbing wall, you know that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. You have the harness and rope and the really important guy on the ground with the belay (aka the belayer). There’s the chalk so your hands can grip better and of course the secured anchor at the top.
The truth is, in this messed up world, we’re all going to face challenges. Most people have experienced financial problems, illness, or death of loved ones. On a smaller scale, we all have days that nothing seems to go right or we just can't find the motivation to press on in the mundane. Other times, we may simply doubt whether God is really there. If you aren’t the person struggling right now, then you probably will be later on.
When I was 16, I was a junior, and it was by far the most challenging year of high school for me. On top of having eight classes, I was in a rough situation. I had caught a person in some serious sin, and that situation did not get handled the way I had hoped. Between trying to study sulfur for a class presentation in chemistry, editing photos for my photography business, and attempting to address the situation, the Lord strongly convicted me of an issue in my heart
As we study what makes a woman after God’s own heart, we often think about being in the Word, praying, and living out a pure life. Serving our families is very important in the Bible and so it should be in our lives as well. When looking back on your home life, how well can you honestly say that you have served your family? I do not know about you, but I have really let this subject slide in my own life. I will admit, I am not where I would like to be. I’m far behind, but the future is open for us. We can either stay in the same rut or choose to change.
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by a single ‘movie magic’ concept – The Look. For those of you not familiar, this is the single moment in any cliché movie where Prince Charming looks upon his true love in a whole new light. From that point on the plot can be predicted fairly easily.
Have you ever picked a word for the new year? A couple years ago, a friend introduced me to this concept. I tried it last year, and I decided to try it again this year too. I wanted the word to act as a base for my activities for the year.
One million believers gathered under one roof at the National Mall in Washington D.C., an event uniting amazing Christian speakers and leading worship bands all for the name of Christ and the glory of God. That’s Together 2016, and I wanted to go.
Fear. What do you think of when you hear that word? For many Christian girls, it is a defining word of their lives. Anxiety and depression are considered completely normal and even expected for a common person’s life; it’s just how things are!