Sharing Jesus Out of Obligation & How to Avoid It


I sat on the airplane frantically searching my brain for conversations starters to use with this stranger sitting next to me for the next several hours. If we shared an armrest, surely it was fair to also share names, reasons for travel, and professions. Yet the words wouldn’t seem to come. Because I knew the […]

Who Do You Need God To Be?

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It started out as a hug and ended with tears streaming down both of our faces, both of our hearts open on the table as we cuddled together on the couch. No questions were off-limits so I went for a hard one: What do you call God? “Father,” she answered. “It’s who I need Him to […]

Never Met a Father

Never Met a Father

When I first heard this song, I didn’t care for it. I’ve met plenty of fathers who love well. Plenty of fathers who represent The Father’s love well. Plenty of fathers who love their children well even through the roughest storms of life. “Never Met a Father” by Bread and Wine (YouTube link) Yet the […]

Does Your Relationship with God Look Different Than It Did?

Camila Cordiero

My pastor asked a great question I’m still chewing on: Does your relationship with God look different than it did when you first met Him? Does it look different than it did last week? Different than it did yesterday? If it does, that’s evidence of growth. Celebrate that! Celebrate the new territory He’s walking you […]

My Three Favorite Recent Reads

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For me, a quiet time is rarely complete without some reading. I consider a book a good one when I have to put it down and go talk to Jesus about something I just read, when one of the stories (or quotes) sticks with me beyond when I walk away, or if I grew from reading […]

How to Build a Quiet Time Habit

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First of all, I don’t really like the term “Quiet time.” I think it’s because I’ve spent enough time around kids that “quiet time” is code for: Go to your room and don’t come back until you’re in a better mood. Yet that is exactly what time with Jesus is for me. Sometimes I start […]

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

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You know those songs that if they’re playing when you’re about to get out of the car, you’ll waste a little more gas to finish listening? This is one of them for me. (here’s the YouTube link if you need it) Ever since I heard it (and the story behind it) at a Phillips, Craig, […]

The Blog Post I Don’t Want to Write

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When we lived in tents in Honduras, we taught devotions every morning to a group of third grade boys. The boys knew the basic answers. Jesus. Pray. Read your Bible. But there was no depth to their faith. They couldn’t find passages of scripture when we asked them to look them up. They had the […]

You Have Something in Common With Chewbacca Mom

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We’ve all seen the video of the Chewbacca Mom and her car selfie video with the mask. She calls herself the happiest Chewbacca. I don’t know a lot about Star Wars but I do know that her laughter is contagious. Her joy is contagious. It’s why the video has gone viral. It’s why she’s been […]

What is He Whispering in Your Ear?

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Happy Friday! I heard this song for the first time last week and I just can’t get enough of it. Jesus, when You speak to me, I hope I’m listening to You. Let this heart of mine receive what is full of grace and truth. Whisper, whisper, whisper in my ear. Tell me words I […]