Tag - faith

When Your Vision for 2020 Isn’t So 20/20

We just entered a new year and while I have so much to be grateful for, the past few months have been difficult. About halfway through 2019, we made the decision to sell our home and build a house. Logically, it all made sense. The market, the timing, the age of our kids — it all seemed sort of “perfect.”  We put our house on the...

Why Your Faith Doesn’t Belong in a Box

Growing up in the South there really isn’t a question as to whether or not you will go to church. The only question is what kind of church will you go to? Baptist? Pentecostal? Catholic? Church of Christ? Regardless of what kind of church you attend, when you grow up in church, you tend to get into a routine. It’s not the...

Why Every Moment Really Does Matter

Hearing your name is one of the most comforting things in life. It starts as a child, when your mom or your dad calls your name to come inside for dinner. When your best friend shouts your name in the school halls. When your child calls you, “Mom-ma” or “Da-da” for the first time. A name means a lot, especially when...

Peace Isn’t About Being Comfortable

When I pull up to order a coffee at my local Starbucks I rarely have to pronounce my order. Before I can finish my sentence, the barista chimes in and finishes my request. “One grande, blonde roast coffee – light  cream.” Every day. Every morning.  It’s actually become somewhat of a joke among the employees. I can’t help it;...

(Baby) Steps of Faith

I’ll never forget the first blog post I ever wrote. I actually wrote it without being sure I would ever share it with anyone. God was stirring something in my heart and I simply had to get it out. I scrambled to find the right words, but finally reached a place of satisfaction and hit the “save” button. The final product was...

How I Learned I Was Praying Wrong

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity and audacious faith, but if I’m being honest, prayer is one of the places I struggle the most in my walk with God. I struggle with slowing down long enough to pray. I struggle with finding a quiet place and getting alone in my “prayer closet.” I struggle...

Living in Peace When the World Panics

If you have watched the news or read the headlines in the last few weeks you have probably heard about the outbreak of the Ebola disease. Every major network is airing around-the-clock coverage and every detail is being broadcast concerning the sickness. Unfortunately, this disease is also creating widespread panic. As our TVs and phone screens...

Why We All Should Put Our Phones Down

We live in an era where we constantly forfeit actual human interaction for a digital counterfeit. Dinner is had around the TV more often than not, the only time we have actual conversations is through a text message, and all of our spare time is spent searching for a more fulfilling moment through our smart phones. We are plagued with the fear...

Hearing God through the Noise

Living with an awareness of God’s presence is a vital component of the Christian life. The fact that we can live in relationship with God is an incredible gift and something that I can’t and wouldn’t want to live without. We’ve been promised that God is near and we can know that the promise is true, but one thing I’ve learned is that it...