lessons in living Advent

“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer nightContinue reading “lessons in living Advent”

what I read in July.

HOW IN THE WORLD IS JULY ALMOST OVER? Half of my heart is grieving that these are the last few weeks of summer, while the other half is quietly anticipating the comeback of skinny jeans and Grey’s Anatomy. There is still much beauty to savor, and the beauty of autumn to anticipate. As far as reading goesContinue reading “what I read in July.”

5 Things for When You’re Discouraged in Community

Christian community is making great strides toward improving and recognizing our weaknesses, but we have to keep up with the truth when communication is almost immediate and typically inch deep. Churches are resembling clubs where people have the chance to show off their newest outfits and smile away their cares of the week. Dressing nicelyContinue reading “5 Things for When You’re Discouraged in Community”

what i read in february.

I think I’ve just made a new record for how many books I’ve turned the last page in over the span of just one month. Take a look at the six books I finished! Most of them were winners. 3. The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay Katherine Reay is a remarkable author who has createdContinue reading “what i read in february.”

dear Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I finished reading Bonhoeffer in 2013, when I was still thirteen. Today I talked to the author, Eric Metaxas, on the phone. He has a talk show (about literally everything) and was giving away free mugs. A lover of all-things coffee and loving all of Eric’s work, I reluctantly called because of my phone anxietyContinue reading “dear Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

shutting up and listening: part one

HB has written, “To know someone else is to shut up and listen.” As I embark on the #Effloresce2016 Reading Challenge, I’ve been playing those ten words in my head every time I sit down with my Bible in my hand. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “He [Christ] did not go to the cross to ornament andContinue reading “shutting up and listening: part one”

april books: honesty and integrity. 

  I read the last chapter of 2 Samuel on Easter morning. The prayers and the friendships in this book are real. Refreshing. I took away courage, a challenge in my honesty in prayer, and a thankfulness for the humanness that God uses for His purposes.     11. The Count Of Monte Cristo by AlexandreContinue reading “april books: honesty and integrity. “

march books: layers and letters

7. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters And Papers From Prison. This baby took me months to finish. Dietrich is my favorite theologian that I’ve discovered so far hands down. I fell in love with him through Eric Metaxas’ biography on his life, and I’ve been reading his work ever since. That being said, this book was worthContinue reading “march books: layers and letters”


There’s a gap when you’re gone that I can’t seem to replace. Some Christians make me feel guilty for feeling this – any kind of emptiness. I need to just get over all those brothers and sisters in Christ that just don’t want to be considered mine anymore. But, if we could fill every gapContinue reading “gaps. “

dawn of day and companionship.

The birds are chirping, I’ve spent twenty minutes as a sleepy sixteen year old, and I already know that I don’t want this day to end. Those were the first words I wrote on last Sunday morning, February the 8th. The house was being filled with only soft whispers and sunshine was just beginning toContinue reading “dawn of day and companionship.”