I am a BIG Lord of the Rings nerd. (and The Hobbit too… yes, I also thought The Hobbit sequel was amazing). Not just because I can relate to the hobbit’s experiences as short people, but because it combines ALL of my favorite little and big things: noble battles, fighting for love, everlasting friendships, embarking on an incredible journey, and of course, second breakfast.
But the journey that these hobbits embark on is not just full of good things. Their journey is incredibly difficult, requires a lot of sacrifice, humility, and pushing past things way bigger than them (most of the time, literally).
Continue reading “An Unlikely Soldier”
I remember the rush of determination I got when I started going geocaching (basically, an outdoor treasure hunt). Running through the bushes, looking under rocks, climbing through the trees, I was determined to find the treasure, even if that meant getting stuck by thorns and spending hours looking in the dirt. I wanted it. And I knew I was capable of finding it, because my dad would tell me I was.
Continue reading “The Great Search”
1 Samuel 1:18
“…And her face was no longer downcast.”
Long story short, we’re talking about Hannah. Hannah prayed for a baby. Prayed and prayed and prayed. It consumed her. She spent her time crying and wouldn’t eat. If you haven’t already read 1 Samuel 1, go do it.
Hannah is so well known for her beautiful prayer in the book of 1 Samuel. But here, in verse 18, is where I found myself longing to be more like her. The message version says her face was radiant. Radiant meaning – shining, or glowing brightly.
I want this. I want my face to be radiant. No longer downcast. No longer sad.
Continue reading “before.”
We can sometimes find ourselves in a state of constant okay-ness. When you pass someone that you know in the hall or on the street and they ask, “Hey, how are you?” you can truly respond with, “I’m doing okay.” And that’s not a bad thing. You’ve got your health, your car, your job, maybe you even have a happy family. But, ask yourself this, are you desperate? Continue reading “More Than Okay”