The Swing

Suddenly, a realization hit me: I’m pretty grumpy. I am really worried. I’m overwhelmed by anxiety right now.

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Where is God?

The worst things will happen. So when you see them, encounter them, feel them, or have them happen to you, know that this is not a reason to dismiss God. He is there.

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When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

When I was a kid, I once took my RipStik out for a cruise around the neighborhood. I was feeling brazen, so I headed down a hill quite confidently…until I hit a rock and went flying. If only I had learned my lesson then. But instead…this summer I got into […]

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Finding the Middle School Athlete in You

I was by far the smallest, least talented player on the team but that didn’t stop me from loving every minute of it.

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The 2 Sides of Blessing: Joy in My Pain

I was blessed to be rejected by a person I cared about and I was consequently blessed to feel lonely, unwanted, and inadequate. Real talk: it sucked.

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4 Ways To Transform Your Teen Years

Looking back on my teenager years, here is the advice I wish I could have given myself on my 13th birthday…

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One Garden, One Word

“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you […]

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You Can’t Make Me Be Catholic: When Faith is Forced on You

I’m kind of a quitter, guys… I think, in my childhood, I tried almost everything once, and then quit almost everything. There was soccer, in 2nd and 3rd grade. I was the goalie because I hate running… Turns out, even the goalie has to run at practice. That was about […]

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What Makes You Awesome

I’m not good enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m not cool enough. Nobody loves me. These little voices use to mull around in my brain on a daily basis. Am I enough? I remember hanging out with my friends and watching how their awesomeness shined through them. This was a […]

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The God of Sticky Notes

Two weeks ago, I woke up to no less than nine sticky notes posted in the bathroom. Each of them, brightly colored, framed the mirror above my sink. It took me a moment to realize they were even there (I am not a morning person) and another couple of minutes […]

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