Why I Wear a Headband Every Day: The Effects of Postmodernism on Christianity

Why I Wear a Headband Every Day: The Effects of Postmodernism on Christianity

Who I am is a woman who desires God’s will above my own, and I’m committed to obeying the Holy Spirit’s leading in my life.

My goal here is simply to encourage you to do the same: to lay down your preferences and be bold for truth. My desire is for you to draw a line in the sand, to know where you stand when it comes to these difficult passages in Scripture.

Should you choose to cover your head when you pray, I hope you only do it from a place of obedience to the Lord out of love for him, and to stand tall against the negative effects of postmodernism in Christianity.

The Top Five Things You Need For Your Mission Trip

The Top Five Things You Need For Your Mission Trip

It was somewhere between four or five in the morning, and we were waiting to be the first ones to enter the security gate.

Passports in hand, we had one last run-through before it was TSA showtime. “Get your liquids bags ready!” our group leader announced as the security guards opened the lines.

A few team members grew frantic. One held up a gallon-size bag with full-size liquids, and my eyes widened in horror. “Didn’t you know you can only have a quart-sized bag?” I asked while another fumbled through their bag, grabbing their tiny bottles scattered loosely in their backpack.

My little TSA-guideline-guru heart almost gave out before we ever boarded the first plane.

It can be difficult to know how to prepare for a developing (or “third-world” as we commonly call them) country for the first time. And while I can’t tell you the secret to avoiding being pat-down at every single checkpoint (seriously, every single checkpoint), I have a few things to suggest you bring to be prepared for mission trips to developing countries.

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.

Trusting God in the Waiting Season

Trusting God in the Waiting Season

Sometimes leaving plans unrevealed, confidential, and hidden from our knowledge is the very thing we need in order to grow in Christlikeness. It stretches our faith, produces endurance, encourages us to submit our weaknesses to the Lord and rely on his strength.

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.

3 Ways to Cultivate Contentment (when you’re longing for the next BIG THING)

3 Ways to Cultivate Contentment (when you’re longing for the next BIG THING)

I get it. You have big dreams, you have plenty of items on your “bucket list”, and your planner is filled with all the goals just waiting to be completed. I’m right there with you – I want to accomplish great things in my life. I want to leave a legacy worth remembering. I want to use my life to positively impact many others.

But the greatest treasure on all of earth and in heaven is Jesus Christ. No purpose is greater, no calling higher, no legacy worth more than knowing Christ and desiring him above all else. Nothing else will satisfy, nothing else sustains, none other has the salvation power we all so desperately need. We have full and complete access to the Lord because of Jesus, only Jesus!

Expectations for Perfection Have No Place In Marriage

Expectations for Perfection Have No Place In Marriage

I melted into a puddle of despair as the reality of tonight’s dinner situation sunk in. My husband insisted it was fine (even though he admitted that whole wheat pasta tastes like cardboard to him the night before) and nodded in agreement that we couldn’t just throw away perfectly good – well, perhaps simply edible – food. Still, my heart turned sour as I thought about all of the times I’ve disappointed my husband with what I made to put on our plates.

The Secret to Overcoming Shame

The Secret to Overcoming Shame

Does your heart ever flutter and sink at the same moment?

When I receive a genuine compliment, all too often that’s the response I have. My soul leaps for joy from their love, but a small voice tries to suppress it and tell me I’m not worthy of such high remarks.

“You are a good and faithful servant!” one of my dearest friends, a godly woman I look up to, told me as I shared my mission trip photos.

If she only knew of all the struggles I’ve gone through before and after that picture was taken.

There seemed to be more days than not that I would beat myself up for not putting Christ first and others above me.

Surely she would take back that compliment if she knew how little I was getting into the word that week.

How to Create a Flexible Meal Plan in 3 Easy Steps

How to Create a Flexible Meal Plan in 3 Easy Steps

I love cooking, but I hate picking out what I’m going to cook and planning ahead to have the ingredients on hand. A large part of stress around newlywed cooking involved simply not knowing what my mature-palleted (aka picky eater) husband wanted. I don’t have hours to prepare fancy meals like we enjoy creating together on the weekends, but as a wife, I want to serve my husband well with good food to eat. I had no idea where to start when it came to meal planning for two!

Why You Need a Budget to Experience Financial Freedom

Why You Need a Budget to Experience Financial Freedom

One won’t usually find the word “freedom” among the words most commonly associated with “budget”. But while one would think to set a restriction on the amount of money you spend monthly would leave you feeling closed off and limited, budgeting correctly actually does the opposite. Controlling what you do financially (instead of letting your finances control you) and knowing where your money is going each month gives you . . . peace. It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is why it works: