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…

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…

My Top 5 Most Encouraging Songs

I tied my shoes the other day for my semi-daily run, turned on my earbuds, and set my “favs” playlist to shuffle before turning onto one of my three usual routes. It wasn’t until I had crossed the highway and started running around the park close to our house that I noticed a theme: each…

Why Excellence Matters

“We can’t find anything he has done wrong.” Daniel’s employers had examined all of his work to try to turn him in for something, and they could find nothing. Unless it was his prayer life.  Eight hundred years earlier, a young man named Joseph had faced the same situation. Forced into slavery, he had so…

Nothing to Lose

“I was in Berlin shortly after the wall fell,” the retired pastor leaned forward in his seat. He stopped and cleared his throat, his eyes watering, as he described one of the most affecting moments in his life. The wall — or rather, the stub of what was left — was but the width of…

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned

There is something amazingly beautiful — and real — about when life doesn’t go our way. I was sitting my the end of my PSDM (Problem Solving and Decision Making) class this afternoon as my professor wrapped up the course by telling us his own life story. The theme was clear: his life had not…

A Real World and a Real God

“He seemed to live in such a real world and to have such a real, great God.” Such was Maria Dyer’s observation upon meeting her would-be husband, the great pioneer missionary to China, Hudson Taylor. I haven’t been able to shake off those words. They strike deeply into the heart of the theme written across…

Julianna’s 2019 Top Books

Hi friends! I thought I’d share some of the most impactful books I’ve read this year in this quick video. Do you have favorite books from this last year? Comment below to share! I’d love recommendations for my 2020 reading list! -Julianna

The Discipline of Looking Back

With Christmas behind us and the year almost gone, I love to step aside from the busyness of life to stop and ponder. It still seems like yesterday that I was making goals and asking the Lord for specific requests for 2019. Now, the year is almost over, and I sense the need to stop…