when my pride takes control – and His humbling command

I think it’s safe to say that majority of the time we refer to our self-image it’s in the context of outward beauty. It’s our figure, our hair color, our scars and marks; things that are obvious and appreciable. What we don’t often consider, is the inner workings of our ego. The part of ourselves that dictates a personal respect and personal worth. It lingers within our hearts as the thing that produces our confidence to move forward and put forth effort.

But it’s also the thing that keeps us at an arm’s length from Jesus.

James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

This is not a “group” of Christians, but the entire church body. We are all called to humble ourselves before the Lord as His faithful followers. Jesus’ entire earthly ministry Read More

resolutions for Christ – new year, same God

A new year. A new start. A new set of goals and dreams surface. We begin to think of our future as a restoration to the old. We drop yesterday as if it was an object to hold, and press on with a fresh outlook on life. This is the type of conversation I hear at the beginning of every year, normally followed with a resolution- a declaration of something to improve or work on, build up and perfect. And we are delighted for it, can’t wait to start the journey, and fill with anxiety for the potential outcome.

Our culture has created an idealistic joy in constantly “starting over.” Every year, we say these things: “this is going to be the best one yet,” “there are big plans for this year,” “this year will be a breath of fresh air,” “Can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me.”

I am a contributor to this mindset, 100%.

But I have been convicted of it’s flaw. Read More

when my approach is too harsh; learning to speak with patience

As believers, we are called to speak boldly. This term has an array of interpretations and expectations. We often assume it means exasperated language and action, on the contrary, it refers to standing true to what you believe. Confrontational structure is not a means of getting someone to understand what you understand; that tends to come across forceful and judgmental. A lot of what the Christian community faces today are those two adjectives. We are called hypocrites, due to our approach.

Which doesn’t make sense to me, yet, it is excruciatingly true. Because I’ve caught myself doing it.

We have an underlying insincere nature, because we are selfishly built in our sin. We automatically assume we are right and that person is wrong; we have a hard time sympathizing with those that think a bit differently and logically grasp on a separate spectrum than we do. Essentially, for some reason it is hard for us to fully understand others, yet we expect them to understand us? Read More

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!

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