Singing to Mountain Lions and Other Thoughts

We had just thrown down our backpacks and starting strapping on our snowshoes when the weight of our situation first hit. We had decided to snowshoe up to Crater Lake that day in an attempt to reach one of the top photography spots in Colorado. The last All Trails entry informed us that as long…

2020 Recommended Books (Video)

Here’s my fall book review. Comment below if you have any great books you’ve read this year you’d like to share!

Highlights from Hudson Taylor

“Immediately the words ‘It is finished’ suggested themselves to my mind. ‘What is finished?’ And I at once replied, ‘a full and perfect atonement and satisfaction for sin. The debt was paid for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.’ Then came the further thought, ‘If…

Every Vessel Matters

It was Thursday evening, the 30th of May, 1940. The coastline of the English channel was littered with small boats … “fishing smacks … drifters … excursion boats … glittering white yachts… mud-spattered hoppers… open motor launches… tugs towing ship’s lifeboats.” Businessmen with hobby vessels were hurrying about on deck, trying to figure out how…

A Jesus Encounter

I knew the second she walked up that she loved Jesus. I had slipped out early one morning on my family’s vacation to get some time with the Lord; the haze was still floating lazily in the mountain valley where my family was staying for a couple nights. I finally settled down, my phone, Bible,…

Shattered Glass, Stories, and Sandwiches: Reflections on the Explosion in Beirut

Driving to church the other night, I found myself mesmerized by passing windows. Intact glass. Buildings that stood undamaged, reflecting the evening sunset. There was something almost creepy about how normal everything looked. Around every corner, I was expecting to see the burned-out remains of an apartment, or shattered glass and disheveled siding of an…

Whatever Am I Supposed to Do With Guys?

Dear girls, I remember being 16 years old and lying awake at night wondering why God didn’t make my desire for romance … guys … marriage an automatic switch that could be turned on when I turned 20, or 25, or whenever it was that I was supposed to get married! But however much I…

Identity in Christ XTAWG

Hi friends! I just created this booklet to facilitate an XTAWG (eXtended Time Alone with God) for a girls retreat my sisters and I are hosting. I’m sharing it in case any of you would be interested! XTAWGs are truly sweet times with the Lord, and if you haven’t set aside time to do one…

Yep, There’s Something More

“I hope this job will work out.” “I hope I’ll feel good today.” “I hope I’ll get married someday.” I use the word hope quite flippantly. Perhaps that’s why I’ve had trouble grasping the biblical idea of hope. My hope in a job, health, or marriage has no certainty in it. God hasn’t promised me…

He Likes to Be Asked

One of my favorite descriptions of prayer is hidden in C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew. Polly and Digory have been sent on a mission for Aslan only to realize part way through their journey that they forgot to bring food. Polly and Digory stared at one another in dismay. “Well, I do think someone might…