WHAT YOU LIVE IN DETERMINES WHAT YOU LIVE FOR I heard that quote as a 12-year-old, sitting in church on a Wednesday night, and it has stuck with me ever since. Let me explain a bit further. What you live in may be a myriad of things, and it can change from day to day. […]
She was wondering if she could ever be free. Freedom seemed to be far off in the distance from where she was, trapped by lies her in the prison cell of her mind. She looked around her, thinking everyone had it “all together” and she was the only one falling apart. She stared in the […]
Each day we walk into a battlefield of comparison. From perfectly posed Instagram pictures to carefully worded Facebook posts, we compare our worst moments to the seemingly “best” moments of others. We scrutinize what our friends and other women are doing through a tiny filter of social media and belittle the work God is doing in […]
I had a funny interaction yesterday with a kind, well-meaning individual who was trying to offer some encouragement. The words didn’t come out as I’m sure they intended when they said, “Rachael, you’ve lost weight! You’re starting to look so pretty!” I just had to laugh a little because it was meant as a compliment, […]
I am a clinical professor of nursing at a large, public university. I love my job. My students are creative, innovative, curious, and individualistic. There is a spark in the air I breathe every day because of them. Working at a university lends itself to so many unique opportunities and there is this underlying current […]
This post was written by Capri Gandy. You can read more about Capri at the end of the post! Hey everyone!! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog! I’ve honestly been pretty busy, but also I’ve been taking some time off to spend more one on one time with Jesus. I got to […]
Another five pounds. The numbers on the scale told me a story of loss, but my heart felt a surge of confidence. I glanced up at the mirror and saw a tall, lanky body standing there, wasting away in many ways. I turned around and examined my spine protruding from my back and shuddered. Why did this make me feel so beautiful? In many ways I felt like I was disappearing. Each week I was losing more and more weight. And yet, every reflection I whispered to me that if I just kept going I would finally enough. I wanted to be noticed, but I still felt invisible.
Contentment and your closet. Those are two words that don’t normally go together. When we look at our wardrobe, the last thing on our minds is that we have enough. Usually, what happens each day is this: we go to our closets, try on several items, and then get walk away frustrated because we have “nothing to wear.” What we have is never enough, and what we don’t have we believe will be enough. It is an endless cycle that we can fall into if we don’t guard our hearts and look at what we have through a gospel lens.
I am currently working on our fall Bible study, Redefined, a study on our true identity in Christ. As I was writing the other day, these words flowed from my pen. This is the basis for the next study, and exactly what I would tell you if I could sit with you in person and have coffee. If I could tell you just one thing, I’d tell you…