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Encouraging Stories, Thoughtful Contemplations, And More

Patiently Waiting

I've long been attracted to the story of Joseph, to the story of a man whom God favored and used (and yet, a man who endured much hardship). I so quickly assume God's forgotten about me or doesn't care about the pain I'm experiencing. The story of Joseph fiercely...

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A Delightful Inheritance

I struggle with embarrassment about my biological lineage. While I was raised in a “good Christian home,” it’s been broken by mental illness and ended marriage. It's messy and complicated. It's brought a lot of heartache. And it's hard to talk about. Questions like,...

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Better than beautiful

When you hear something enough times, you believe it's true. At 19 years old and 118 pounds, nothing rang truer than “you need to lose weight.” Not the fact that I was on a full-ride academic scholarship. Not the fact that I’d finally found community and friends who...

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More than just fun: a conversation with an Enneagram 7

I lead Young Life College with Joell. Her magnetic personality invites students into an engaging environment where they can encounter the Lord. Joell’s vibrant smile and welcoming presence make it easy to label her as a “fun” person, but like all Enneagram 7s, there’s...

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5 Lessons from 2018

2018 has presented a clear dichotomy of insurmountable joy and inexpressible pain. With the hills and valleys have come valuable lessons that I hope to carry into the coming year. Though I've learned many valuable things in the past year (including navigating a 401k...

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Hope: Expectations of advent

My childhood memory of advent is best summarized as my family gathering around a wreath of pink and purple candles whilst my dad read from an advent devotional. Though I now see the beauty in this tradition, my young mind saw it more as something we had to “do” before...

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An Open Message to Young Life Leaders

Dear Friend,   It’s club night. You have frozen waffles and tennis rackets for the first game. Did you remember the ping-pong balls and sharpies for the mixer? You hope so...And does someone else know to bring a box of Froot Loops and a roll of duct tape?? As you rush...

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Where are you looking?

It's been a while since I've really ridden my bike. Sure, I've done a couple miles here and there, but nothing actually worthy of being called "a bike ride". After some necessary tune-ups (courtesy of leaving it unused in the garage), it was ready to be ridden again....

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What’s your all?

If you know me, you know people are important to me. One of the most important people in my life is my best friend, Christy. We met on my first day at university, and the rest is history. We’ve road-tripped to Canada, hiked in national parks, and done a lot of crazy,...

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