Today I got the wild opportunity to shadow and photograph the medical squad at one of the free medical clinics in Managua. We rode together at 8am to the location, prepping the clinic and beginning in a moment of fervent and faith-filled prayer. To be honest, I started the morning in a skeptical mood. The […]
History in the making. An auditorium filled with 2800 missionaries from 33 countries, a loud roar filling the stadium as people proclaimed with their voices the faith rising in their hearts. Surrounded on all sides by men and women of God, committed to seeing the impossible made possible through the works of their hands and […]
Failure is inevitable. Let me say that again. Failure is inevitable. I was raised with a “failure is not an option” mentality, and when you’re surrounded by that narrative, this truth can be doubly hard to accept. But if my first year out of college has taught me anything, it’s that failure should actually be embraced […]
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and think, “I wish I would have done _____ sooner.” This life is too short to be stingy with the love and light God has placed inside each and every one of our sweet souls. This world is too big and too wonderful to have fear hold us back from what we can discover and whose life we can change. There is a deep darkness over this earth, and the only way to dispel any of it is to let our light shine as brightly as it was created, without any filter or shade to dim it.
Tonight, one of the YouTube artists I have watched grow for 6 years and become a star, Christina Grimmie, has died after being shot 3 times by an unidentified man while signing autographs after a concert. As a musician and someone considering a career in the performing/recording industry, this strikes more than one anxious […]
New year’s is a season I truly enjoy – it’s like climbing up to a mountain top and seeing the effort behind you, while breathing in the fresh air of a new start down the second slope. You reach the top and shake off the sweat and strain of the past while setting your eyes […]
That word resonates throughout this season. But I have often wondered if I and the people around me truly grasp what it means. I mean, we use it in such trivial ways. “I hope I make it to work on time… I hope it rains tomorrow… I hope I can get ____ for Christmas…” And […]
Something I realized not long ago is that everyone always says the same thing about people who have committed suicide: “What a shame. They were such a great person.” Maybe if we told them these things while they were alive, they wouldn’t feel the need to throw away the beauty you claim to see.
In the words of Taylor Swift: “Don’t worry your pretty little mind//People throw rocks at things that shine.” I’ve had several encounters over this last week that only affirm Ms. Swift’s advice. Although I wouldn’t recommend taking every life tip from a celebrity, I’d say this one is great to keep in your proverbial pocket. […]
I’m a dreamer. Always have been. When Tangled came out I was over the moon with glee at how much Rapunzel and I had in common: Blonde hair, green eyes (finally!), slightly awkward and clumsy, an affinity for all types of arts and crafts, and a dreamer’s heart (seriously, “I’ve Got a Dream” was a […]