my 4 go-to worship songs; be overwhelmed

I tend to have these moments of overwhelming joy. It embraces me as if I was lost and didn’t realize it, swooping in to let me know I am not alone. Typically, this happens when I am listening to worship music, and actually hearing the words.

Often times I feel as though we sing nonchalantly, unaware of the defining worship or parts of scripture we’re singing along to. We simply mouth the words because we’ve memorized them over the years. But when I pause to focus, in the midst of whatever life event is occurring, I am once again overpowered by the depth of praising Him.

Below, are some of my go-to pump up songs. Allow your heart to fixate on the truth behind the music, and turn your singing into prayer. Read More

God’s measurement of success : choosing Him

There’s a degree with which we tend to measure ourselves in our life- whether it be in school, careers, relationships- we hold up an expectation to hit in order to to be deemed successful. It’s as if in everything we do, there is an invisible scale to weigh our approach against our outcome, and our ambition against the fruit; we make the decision to do one thing, and expect for it to produce.

So, what happens when it doesn’t fulfill?

I don’t know about you, but I feel failure step on my chest and take away my breath. For some, it may mean picking up the pieces and trying again. For others, it may dictate a new attempt. Regardless of which one you are, neither paths bring you gratification. And all of them, require retracting action. Read More

what’s your favorite Psalm verse??

IMG_3438The psalms are so poetic; beautifully written with a harmony that will reach your heart every single time.

They are the perfect example of prayer- full of praise, crying out, and trusting in Him. You read these verses and remember what it looks like to be vulnerable and joyful, all at the same time.

I am currently starting from the beginning and meditating on each chapter. The verse that has be captivated right now is:

Psalm 3: 3-4 But you, Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill

I want to hear what your favorite Psalm is! Or challenge you to revisit them and share which one wrecks you!

Feel free to message or comment below 🙂

a child of God, naive and reckless

I often feel as though my spirit is quite dauntless; seeking out the fresh air and winding hills, craving the adventure and freedom that comes with it. This characteristic is both beautiful and reckless. I either catch myself amidst pure beauty or hopelessly lost on a path- either way emotionally felt and revved.

Though the trait in itself is not bad for me, if not focused on the right things it can lead me astray; down a road of confusion, pain and regret; unware of how to turn back-

Except I do know. It’s always the same answer, just easily forgotten.

Acts 3:19 says “Therefore repent and return…” Return. Meaning, at any and all times I am allowed and able to find my way back towards God. It means I may be running down a trail, aimlessly following the dirt before me, but if I turn around, He will be there. He is with me, watching me, and if I fall He has me. Read More

choosing God in a world of chaos

It’s a fact, that this life beats us down. It’s a cluster of emotion, apathy, stillness, agitation, completely unending and disturbingly complex. Unnerving, how easy it is for us to lose ourselves amidst it all. For me, this busyness is both my weakness and my strength. Both a motivation and an impasse; an opportunity and a limitation.

This world is in a constant hustle; a ruthless one that is unaware of whom it leaves behind or springs forward. It just presses on with a fierceness that challenges those ambitious enough to follow, and deprives those insecure enough to let it. So, we are pressured into the boundaries this world creates for us, unsure of what direction to turn and decisions to make. We are therefore left to our own control, our own power, our own wisdom, to take that next step the world has laid in our hands. Read More

joy in Him – a Christmas reminder

Our minds are intricate in how they hold memories and emotion. We can associate a day, smell, season, color, place with countless states of being. It’s like reliving seconds of life that our bodies have been engraved with. Specifically, for many people, the holidays are an intensified time for this to occur. Anything from excitement to brokenness, Christmas season embellishes it all. We search for tradition, laughter, structure, love, forgiveness- it tends to be an opportunity to linger on our past and what has or hasn’t happened in lieu of it.

Regardless of our personal place within the spectrum, there’s a word that gets thrown around as if it is a gift to be unwrapped. Joy is undoubtedly the most used term I hear around Christmas- that we should be filled with it, have it, create it, and look forward to it. It is often used as an end goal for that month or couple days of family functions. Read More