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An Open Letter to Myself

An Open Letter to Myself

Dear Self,

I’m writing because I really couldn’t sit by passively any longer.  I’m very disappointed in you. I’m sad that you don’t treat yourself with more care, that you don’t buy yourself the best and do the very best for YOU. You don’t take time to think through every part of the scenario, but hey, I guess that’s how you learn about you.

Come As You Are [Cover]

Come As You Are [Cover]

I love this Crowder worship song, Come As You Are. We sing this during communion at our church and it always blesses me greatly. I pray it blesses you.

Come to Me [Original Song]

Come to Me [Original Song]

I recently had the opportunity to share some original music and it inspired me to do some simple video recordings to share with people. This song, which I wrote in 2012, is very special to me for a number of reasons.

Storybook [Poem]

Storybook [Poem]

You were an outsider to me,
one whom I did not know.
Only a man capable of good works,
an excellent teacher.

Why I Gave Up Makeup for Lent

Why I Gave Up Makeup for Lent

Several years ago, my family and I had set out on a brief weekend trip to visit my extended family in Reno. Having been in Texas for my grandmother’s memorial service the week prior when Lent began, I wasn’t in the frame of mind to tackle something to give up. The time with family to honor my grandmother was rich and bittersweet; I was still emotionally raw.

3 Steps to Refocus Your Life on God

3 Steps to Refocus Your Life on God

I recently read a great blog post by Michael Hyatt on the problem of drifting away from your life’s focus. It reminded me that not only can we drift away from our life plans–work, family, creative endeavors, for example–we can also drift greatly from God, and quite possibly, the two go hand-in-hand.

What does it look like when we drift from God? Is this perhaps one of the biggest ways or areas we drift from in our lives? Perhaps when we recalibrate ourselves to be in tune with our Savior, then setting our life’s goals and priorities become that much more clear.

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

It’s no small task to wait faithfully (and patiently) for God’s timing in your life; when to get married, when to start a new career, when to buy a house, when to move, when to give up, when to say ‘no,’ when to start over–the list is perpetually long, and most of us wrestle with our confidence in the Lord’s timing and our understand of it at one point or another.

Top 15 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Top 15 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

As is custom on Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks for all we have can be easy or hard depending on what’s going on in our lives. If things are tough, it’s often hard to give God our thanks; when things are going well, sometimes we forget to thank God too. We praise God first because he loved us and sent his only son to die for us on the cross (John 3:16), everything else should be gravy.

A Crossroads

A Crossroads

In the dark hours of the night
I won’t give up on you,
Even if there’s no light
To penetrate the blue.

Worship Is . . .

Worship Is . . .

The Bible tells us to “Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.” (Psalm 100:2) Any worship leader can tell you that this can be a challenge given the myriad of variables present on any given Sunday morning.