We Are Dragons.

7/22 ((from Eve)) This week on the blog we’ve explored heavy topics. Suffering. Pain. Death. Heaven. Hell. Where is God? How do we navigate brokenness? I want to take a slightly different track on pain and suffering… the kind that comes from sanctification. God’s Word promises that He doesn’t punish our sin with suffering (Romans…

When Death’s Sting Packs a Punch.

7/21 ((from Courtney)) “Oh, Death, where is your victory… oh, death, where is your sting?” I stood amid a crowded congregation. People with smiles on their faces singing with joy. And I was dribbling black mascara streaks down my cheeks. Everyone was jubilant. And I was two steps away from a nervous breakdown that would…

When Words Failed.

7/20 ((from Brittany)) This week we’re talking about the hard stuff of life and today I want to do something a little different. Instead of overwhelming you with my words, I want to share a brief story and a song with you. You see, when my life fell apart and I couldn’t see any way…

What Happens after I Wear This Black Dress?

7/19 ((from Megan)) The sting of grieving tears are still fresh in my eyes this morning. The image of my mother dressed all in black, standing and weeping over the body of her own mama, still burns in my mind, as it probably always will. A week before my grandmother passed away, I had the…

Heaven. And the Muscle of Hope.

7/18 ((from Natalie)) Do you ever think about your own death? Perhaps it’s morbid, but I do. It’s coming, right?  Everyone gets their turn. So, why not? Since I was a kid, the creative side of my mind has enjoyed pondering my soul’s journey from this place to the next. Over time, my dreams and…

ByeBye Bootstraps.

7/17 ((from Kate)) Man we’re hard on ourselves, huh? Our bootstraps are cracked and tearing at the stitches from all that tugging. What’s almost comical to me, is that we’re all doing it, and we all know we’re doing it — fakin’ it till we make it. I sat on an airplane today and studied…

You Have Not Because You Believe Not.

7/16 ((from Abbie)) “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith…

A Cold Drink of Water

7/15 ((from Eve)) I worked a lot of seemingly random jobs in college and again after I came back from a year-long adventure with Cru in New Zealand. Actually, let me rephrase that. No individual job was entirely random… but the whole collection of them together doesn’t make a lot of sense. Retail. (Learned that…

When My Tears Are My Fault.

7/14 ((from Courtney)) It happened again. I’m sitting, curled up on the floor of my bathroom, ugly-sobbing while I inhale some cardboard flavored frosted Pop Tarts. My knees pulled up to my chin, sweat dripping down the back of my neck, and tears smearing my mascara. (Yes! I put on make-up! I tried!) My heart…

A Bridled Tongue.

7/13 ((from Brittany)) The other night I was faced with a choice. I was staring evil in the face and wasn’t sure whether to speak or stay silent. After a quick assessment, I went with my gut and chose the option that didn’t come naturally. I stayed silent and left God to be sovereign over…

Everyday’s Seeds.

7/12 ((from Megan)) “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble…

Boasting about Tomorrow.

7/11 ((from Aleisa*)) *Your Tuesday Hoper Natalie invited Aleisa Yusko to join us this week and share her voice + thoughts on James 4. Natalie’s heart & story have been richly blessed by this fellow mom, blogger, and believer and we’re honored to have her join us today – welcome Aleisa! As a child and even…