out of doors

“A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors.”  //Henry David Thoreau, Walden When I was younger, my definition of art was very limited.  I only appreciated artistic expression that I could relate to or that I was attracted to.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to value many forms of art, whether modern or […]

on my bookshelf: torn

As with many of the good books I read, this one was recommended to me by my dad.  Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate  is written by Justin Lee, a committed Christian and executive director of the Gay Christian Network.  In this book, Lee recounts the story of his life with humor, wisdom, and humility […]

to save or destroy

The following story takes place on the day of the Sabbath, as Jesus interacts with a man who has a shriveled hand.  Read the story to learn what happens… Jesus Heals on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6) Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were […]

spring cleaning

With the start of this beautiful spring season comes the talk of “spring cleaning.”  I have seen articles, checklists, and tutorials about “the seven places you never thought to clean” or “the perfect solution for your worst stains.”  As much as I love cleaning, I’ve been thinking about cleaning my home in a different way […]

commandments of men

I recently shared some of my thoughts about Faith Unraveled here.  In this book, Rachel Held Evans shares an experience that I, as well as many of my friends and family, have experienced and are experiencing.  She explains how at some point in her life, she had to strip away what she had learned about God and […]

happy chances

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” – William Somerset Maugham Although I’m sure William Somerset Maugham was a talented writer, I have to disagree with this sentiment.  I don’t really believe in […]

don’t pull the string

As a child, I remember I loved Sunday mornings.  I would wake up, get my breakfast, and sit down to watch Adventures from the Book of Virtues on TV before church. Each episode in the series was taken from mythology, Aesop’s fables, or any other story that involved a moral lesson.  To this day, I remember several […]

follow

Today I’m linking up to share my word for 2014. “I confess that I am weak, but I will follow…” -Northwood Church My word for 2014 is “follow.” Because of the many life changes I experienced in 2013, this coming year has many new challenges and opportunities for me. However exciting that may be, it can also […]