Arms Wide Open: Angie’s Story

The thing I love most about this story is when Angie goes to Audrey’s grave and reads Psalm 147. Let’s take a look at what that says _______________________________________________________ Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts…

Arms Wide Open: Series Opener

_______________________________________________ So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me,  to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said…

Thy Word: 4 Ways It Changed My Life In 2015

As a little girl, one of my favorite churchy songs was called “Thy Word”. The song quoted Psalm 119:105, singing “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” I could not begin to understand the gravity of the words I sang at that point of my life. To me…

Check your Resolutions

I go back and forth every year. Some years I am all about the whole resolution thing. I make a list of all the ways I would like to change my life for the better: run a minimum of 15 miles per week, read the whole Bible, Make all A’s. Other years I am very…

How my Jesus is Different

_____________________________________________________________________ And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field,…

Jesus Pursued us First

We have all heard the horrific stories of marriages that ended in unfaithfulness. If we haven’t heard them, we have likely lived them. In fact, often times we love those stories. Take Grey’s Anatomy for example. I love that show. It is probably my favorite TV show in this world, and the entire plot is…

My Heart is Full

____________________________________________________________ Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 _____________________________________________________________ Two weeks ago an amazing man of God asked me to marry him, and my heart is so full. Literally everything felt perfect. He is a better man…

#PrayForSyria

I have been earnestly praying over the last few days about how or if I should tackle this subject. So let me first recognize a few things before I begin the post. I am absolutely praying for Paris. I do not know how to fix this crisis, nor am I claiming to have any idea…

The Lie of Love

The first real boyfriend that I had was where I found my worth. Like most girls, my first and foremost goal was to get and keep the boy—no matter what it meant. If I had a boyfriend, people would see me as dateable, and I would probably be liked. It all sounds so shallow, yet…

The Lie of Looks

Like most people, I had a pretty intense awkward stage. And middle school is quite possibly the worst time to hit that stage. The funny thing about caring about your looks is the fact that we don’t really care for the boys—we care about impressing other girls. And I definitely played into that desire. My entire…

The Lie of Likes

__________________________________________________________________ See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared;…

Philemon 15-21: The Aftermath of Forgiveness

Hey friends! This will be the final post on Philemon and the closing of the Taylor story. If this is the first time you are reading, just scroll down for the preceding posts. 🙂 Taylor and I now live half a country away from one another and are as close as we were before the…