What Does Your Work Ethic Say About Your Faith?

At the beginning of this year God challenged me to live out Colossians 3:23 NIV in a way I never have before. I’ve always had (what I consider) to be a great work ethic. However, God isn’t solely concerned with how we do things, but also why. Working as unto the Lord starts in you mind and heart – it’s an attitude. You can work hard with the wrong intent – to be glorified by people. To work as for the Lord means that your motive isn’t human recognition or financial gain, it’s pleasing God.

A Father to the Fatherless - For Those Struggling on Father’s Day

This post goes out to anyone who finds father’s day hard to endure.  Whether you never knew your father, he abandoned you, you have a rocky relationship, or he’s passed away - know that this day doesn’t have to be painful. 

My dad passed away unexpectedly when I was in high school.  It was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life and though I was blessed with a great father, I know the void that comes with not having one in your life.‬ ‭Bottom line - it hurts. Emotions can range from rejection to confusion. If you’re dad’s not around you may wonder “Why doesn’t he stick around?” or “Why am I not enough for Him?”…

It's Not Too Late - God Can Redeem Time, Opportunities, and Dreams

What if I told you that it wasn’t too late? That God could redeem the time you’ve lost and surpass your expectations with the time you have left? For years I felt so far behind everyone else, and in a sense I was. I spent most of my teens and early twenties going through the motions.  I was clinically depressed and made enough effort to appear “normal”, but I lacked the desire to do what most people my age were doing. My peers were learning to date, finding their identity, and pursuing their passions - but I was just trying to survive. I did what I needed to do - but I wasn’t living.

The Secret To Joy - Embracing Your Season

One of the fastest paths to discontent with your life and resentment with God is not embracing the season you’re in. Not every season is fun, but every season is necessary. Look at nature. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter all serve specific and unique purposes. You can’t have spring without winter, and you won’t have fall without Summer. God works through seasons. The bible tells us there is a time and season for EVERYTHING. Embracing your season will set you up to have joy, peace, and purpose no matter what you’re facing. However, if you don’t understand what kind of season you’re in then you’ll pursue things out of God’s timing and grow frustrated. You may even begin to feel as if God’s abandoned you…

Why You May Be Struggling To Hear God & How To Push Through It

“Why can’t I hear God?”. I asked myself this question everyday for three months. When I prayed, I heard nothing. When I worshiped, I felt nothing . I constantly wondered how long this would last and if I’d ever feel God’s presence and hear God clearly again. Before I go on, I want to elaborate on what “hearing” God means. I’m not talking audibly hearing his voice. For me, hearing God means having a thought pop into my head that isn’t my own OR having a strong impression to take a very specific action. Everyone hears God differently, so keep in mind what that looks like for you. If you’re experiencing this right now, I want to encourage you. I know it’s frustrating and devastating, but it’s not forever. This is something that can and will change as long as you don’t give up. I won’t pretend to know all the complexities of God’s ways or your situation,

Where is Your Hope? Is it Strong Enough to Secure You?

The source of your hope determines your peace and stability. For 10 years I battled depression ( I was a Christian for four of those years), and for 3 years I struggled with anxiety. I know what it is to feel hopeless, to have your thoughts run rampant, and feel like you’ve lost all control. By the grace of God that is no longer my reality, but if it’s your reality then I want you to know there is hope. In my teens and early twenties I put my hope in two main things: my achievements and my relationship status. As long as I was excelling in school or at work and had a man by my side, I was happy. But when I found my self heart-broken, unemployed, and moving back home with $200 to my name…I spiraled. At the time I didn’t know how I got there, but hindsight is 20/20. I hit rock bottom;

Faith Under Fire: Why Our Faith Must Be Tested

“A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted “ - When faced with a situation that tests your faith in God, how do you respond? Many times, our initial prayer is for God to deliver us from the situation. We may even beg Him for it. But I’ve learned that God doesn’t deliver us from a test because the purpose of the test is actually to deliver us. It can be difficult to understand why a good and perfect God allows us to go through trying situations. The reason is simple: sanctification. God is transforming us into the image of His son, Jesus Christ.. We are tested for our good; for the development of our faith. Testing is not something we should despise because it’s a chance to show the genuineness of our faith and glorify our Lord…

According to Your Faith, Let it Be Done. Growing From Limited Faith to Limitless Faith

“God isn’t checking for your bank account he’s checking your faith.”

I saw this on an IG post and it’s been resonating in my spirit ever since. When God calls us to do something bigger than ourselves He's not looking at our finances, ability, social status, etc.. He's looking at our faith. It challenged me to evaluate my own lack of faith in certain areas of my life. How many times do I pray or ask for things according to my ability instead of God’s? How often do I believe something is impossible simply because I don’t have the money or the resources to make it happen? These are the questions I began to ask myself, and here’s the conclusion I came to…

Choosing What is Better - Worship over Work

“There’s a lot to do, but there’s only one to serve.”

That statement struck me at my core. In a culture that values busy and embraces distractions, it’s a fight to focus on what really matters.  For me, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of things I want, so I’m forced to choose. Something will have to be postponed until tomorrow, finished at a later time, or forgotten about altogether. In the past, that thing that I often put off, was my alone time with God.  I said I desired Him, but my actions said different. This is the struggle - worship over work. Learning how to choose Jesus over our to-do lists, and make time for Him no matter what.