All Things for Good

All Things for Good

Let God Give You a Word for 2019

Let God Give You a Word for 2019

I used to hear people talk about choosing a word for each new year, and I thought it was kinda dumb. It always seemed more like wishful thinking than anything based in reality, and I didn’t feel the need to…

My Top 18 Songs of 2018

My Top 18 Songs of 2018

What songs have you had on repeat this year? I’ve been playing a lot of breakthrough anthems, motivational songs, and lyrics that build up my faith. Here are my faves of 2018! (And check out my 18 favorite books of…

The 18 Best Books I Read in 2018

The 18 Best Books I Read in 2018

I’m a bookworm. There is nothing I love to do more than read, and I do as much of it as I can. I was strictly a fiction reader until after college, when nonfiction reading was no longer required and…

How Do You Know What Your Strengths Are?

How Do You Know What Your Strengths Are?

It’s classic job interview material. “Tell me about your strengths. What can you add to this organization?” If you’re like most of us, you probably feel a twinge of panic. How do you answer this question? Is there any good answer to…

How God Feels About You

How God Feels About You

The other day my two-year-old cousin came up to me with a grin. Someone had given her a sticker, and she was excited about it. She gently pressed the sticker onto my jeans, patted it down to make sure it…

On Being Single at 30

On Being Single at 30

This is not what I planned. Not one bit. This isn’t the place in life where I thought I’d be. I never expected to be single and living with my parents as a 30-year-old. I thought I’d be long out…

Is Opening Your Heart Worth It?

Is Opening Your Heart Worth It?

Last year I had to say a tough goodbye to my 16 1/2-year-old dog Biscuit. He was our beloved family pet and resident nuisance who joined our home when I was just 12 years old. It had taken years of…

Five More Ways God Speaks to You

Five More Ways God Speaks to You

I’ve been learning a lot lately about the many ways God can speak. I used to think he had to talk to us like movies portray him speaking, with a deep, booming voice that sounds like thunder. Later, I realized…

How Not to Embarrass Yourself on Social Media

How Not to Embarrass Yourself on Social Media

Sometimes I look back on old Facebook posts and cringe. Passive-aggressive statuses. Pictures I hand-picked because I thought they flattered me when, in fact, they did not. Conversations I initiated for perceived status only. I joined Facebook when I was…

Where to Meet People Without Going to a Bar

Where to Meet People Without Going to a Bar

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t drink alcohol. It’s a decision I made a long time ago for my own health and well-being, and I feel confident in this decision. The majority of my generation, though, tends to socialize in…