A Realization

It’s officially been one week since I left Nicaragua. One week since I’ve heard the constant beauty of the Spanish language, since I walked the streets of broken and brave people finding joy in every moment, since I saw the Lord do the miraculous because hearts were willing and faith was flowing. One week since […]

For Such a Time as This

Today, I hit my emotional limit. I literally reached a point where I could no longer cry. And not because everything was bad – far from it. However, my emotional capacity was stretched to its maximum. If you know me, your jaw is on the floor and you’re trying to figure out what that even […]

Let Your Light Shine

One of the perks of being a media professional is that I get to travel around with different teams every day, and most of these people I have never met. I often describe people like this: Each person is their own galaxy of information, personality, quirks, desires, dreams, talents, skills, and history. There is so […]

A Servant Heart

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 […]

Miraculous Mondays

It’s not every day that you see a father clutch his child close and whisper hope over her life. It’s not every day that you see hundreds of children make a decision to be a part of something greater than themselves, let alone think past lunch time. It’s not every day that you stare into […]

Changing the World is Never Convenient

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 […]

Fail Forward

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 […]

A Lesson on Love in the Land of Loss

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.

When this world makes us sick

  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 […]

We are broken, together.

There is this sense in the general church that being broken is wrong. That it’s not okay to sit in the grief, soak in the sadness and reflect for a while. Somehow we feel that contradicts God’s goodness or goes against His plan for the world. There is a stigma against confusion, doubt, questioning, and fear. And yes, I concede that those are not very pleasant things and The Lord wants to help us move past them toward wholeness.

However, may I put forth the idea that the human soul is not meant to just “move on” and talk ourselves into happiness or joy? That we are meant to go through grief and pain in order to be found again in the arms of love? The the process doesn’t have a time limit?