Staying Hopeful When Your Loved Ones Don’t Know Jesus

Staying Hopeful When Your Loved Ones Don’t Know Jesus

When I became a Christian not quite three years ago, I had a deep sense of urgency for the dying world around me.

It was as if I was awoken from a dream with a vision of coming destruction, and I had the whole world to warn. There were so many people who didn’t know the truth I now understood.

On a mission to share the gospel, my greatest fault was perhaps my unchecked zeal for sharing the good news with everyone I could. It was like I had escaped a fish tank, but my friends thought the new ocean I found was more restricting than their glass rectangle.

However, frantic preaching didn’t get me anywhere but in heated debates with hurt feelings and distrust. I’ve since come to realize I have an urgent message, but it is one that needs to be brought wrapped in love and patience.

Are My Struggles Hurting My Testimony?

Are My Struggles Hurting My Testimony?

Sometimes I feel like a hot-mess Christian.

I beat myself up because there seems to always be at least one thing wrong or challenging in my life. Why can’t I meet with a friend for once and not have any kind of struggle to confess?

But the Lord is so kind to those like me who feel stressed out and anxious about our situations. When I’m feeling defeated he so gently reminds me it’s not my situation that determines my faith – it’s how I react to those situations that will inspire or encourage others in the Lord.

How to Spend Time in God’s Word (even when you’re way too busy)

How to Spend Time in God’s Word (even when you’re way too busy)

You know you should read your Bible daily. But if you’re anything like me, some days are packed way too full with a demanding to-do list, crazy workload, and a pile of laundry to fold that’s been sitting for a day or two.

When’s a girl gonna do her Bible study?

An Open Letter to the Girl Battling Depression Alone

An Open Letter to the Girl Battling Depression Alone

How I wish I could hug you and let you cry in my arms. I would tell you how precious and beautiful you are, but you might not let my voice overpower the seemingly stronger one in your head. I know, because I’ve been there. I know, because some days, I’m still there. But something has changed in my life – something that makes smashing that evil voice in my mind possible.

6 Marriage Tips from a (Former Military) Police Wife

6 Marriage Tips from a (Former Military) Police Wife

The truth is, being Silas’ wife was the no-deal-breaker promise I needed to force me to trust God – no matter what – in our relationship. I married Silas because I knew I would be able to follow God better, and even in our few months of marriage that has proven to be true.

However, a loving Pastor gave me one of the greatest gifts a Pastor could give to a bride-to-be. A few phone calls and texts later, and he arranged a coffee date for me and a former military/current police wife. I gleaned so much wisdom and encouragement from Bethany over that java in Kansas City.

Contentment in Singleness: Love Has Already Found You

Contentment in Singleness: Love Has Already Found You

To be honest, I struggled big-time with contentment in my singleness before my husband and I tied the knot earlier this year. I longed for the days I would be married already. I just wanted that covenantal, exclusive, never-ending love with Silas that marriage promised me. I wasn’t going to be happy until I had it for myself.

5 Ultimate Wedding Budget Tips for Every Bride

5 Ultimate Wedding Budget Tips for Every Bride

I am willing to bet that these five wedding budget tips I learned through the trials and errors of planning our small (45 guests!) DIY celebration will be completely applicable for your wedding planning situation. This isn’t your typical breakdown of exactly how much I spent and on what – because what Silas and I determined important won’t necessarily be important to you. Implement these simple budgeting tips and I know you’ll be released of so much wedding planning stress!