Why Does God Choose Us?

The last command of Jesus was to “Go”. To take His message to the ends of the earth–that all may know the Savior of the World and the One True God. The Great Commission. When I was living in China as a missionary, I often wondered why God chooses us–sinful, screwed up people–to do His work […]

Two Choices: A Life With and A Life Without Hope

“Why are you still a Christian after so many bad things have happened to you?” a friend recently asked me. I spent a long time pondering her question. I think our culture has latched on to the “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” message of Christianity and has forgotten that […]

Are You Satisfied? Dream Houses, Dream Spouses

During my application process at Thomas Nelson, I took the Strengths Finder Test. I found out I am high on the “Achievement” end, but it also included a weakness of my type for “the tendency towards gnawing discontentment”. It was one of those, ‘are you reading my mail?’ moments. In effort to change, I started examining my perspective and attitude.  […]

Strength and Brokenness

“Perhaps strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken…but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places.” Are you broken? Or had pain at some point in your life that felt like too much to bare? We’ve all been hurt — broken — at some point, in some way in our lives, […]

Did I screw up God’s plans for me?

 Did Mr. Right pass me by? Do my past sins exclude me from God’s best? I have several friends and acquaintances in their late twenties or early thirties who are asking these questions. Many of whom have just broken off relationships with the wrong guy, because they are following God and waiting for the right guy. […]

Stolen Phones and Finding Hope

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“Thanks to my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ for calling me His daughter, leading me out of darkness into his wonderful light, protecting me, and never leaving my side. Without Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, my life would be void of the richest gifts and relationships — and I would never have […]

A Stolen Life | A Story of Rescue and Life After Tragedy

A Stolen Life is the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard, victim of child abduction, rape, and imprisonment for 18 years before she is reunited with her family. (The one imprisioned in the backyard…remember?) To watch the full story with Diane Sawyer click here. This was hands-down the hardest book I have ever read. Why would anyone continue reading something about […]

The Story Behind The Help [And Why You Should Never Give Up]

“You is kiiind. You is smaaart. You is important.” Aibilene, The Help The Help is one of the best fiction books I have read in years. And the movie made my list of Top 10 favorites. The story is incredibly moving, but today I want to write about the backstory — the story of the author, […]

Life as a MRS : New Last Name, One Big Celebration, Same ‘Ole Me

On June 4th, I wore this Married him changed my last name to Dean and became part of their family at the best party of the year and left for our honeymoon MARRIED to the love of my life. “Wherever you go, there you are.” A new last name, new husband, new house…but at the […]

Meeting Colton Burpo | Heaven is For Real

Heaven is for Real — by the end of this week — will have sold 5 million copies. For those of you who haven’t heard of it (ie you’ve just emerged from a bomb shelter), it’s the remarkable, true story of a boy’s trip to heaven and back. Colton Burpo, is rushed into emergency surgery at […]