• The Light of Christmas

    The Light of Christmas

    The people who walk in darkness  Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land,  The light will shine on them. Isaiah 9:2 Have you ever been somewhere so completely and utterly dark that you could not tell if your eyes were open or closed?  A few years ago, when my family toured Mammoth Cave, the tour guide turned off the lights, plunging us into an underground night. But when he turned on his cigarette lighter, the entire room was illuminated. He told us that if need be, he could lead our entire group out with the tiny flame.  When darkness is all around, even the tiniest…

  • What Are You Anticipating?

    What Are You Anticipating?

    Christmas is a season of anticipation. Some of you might be counting down the days until you get to bake cookies or exchange presents with your family. You might be looking forward to the ugly Christmas sweater contest at work or your Bible study’s white elephant gift party.  (You might also be like me and are way too excited for the upcoming Spider-Man movie.) But whether you are excited about Christmas or blockbusters, there is something greater we should be looking forward to. Something infinitely better than any present or get-together.  Jesus’ return.  One thing from the Christmas story that always strikes me is the reaction of the chief priests…

  • Continuous Givers of Thanks

    Continuous Givers of Thanks

    I know Thanksgiving was a few days ago. But no one says I can’t write a blog post about thankfulness whenever I want. After all, Paul says we are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And you had to know this was coming… So long as we are receivers of mercy, we must be givers of thanks. Charles Spurgeon I mean, Spurgeon quotes are kinda my thing. But anyway, on to the post. Let’s take a quick quiz to determine if you are a recipient of God’s mercy. Are you breathing? Are you redeemed? Are you blessed? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then…

  • Rest in God's Faithfulness

    Rest in God’s Faithfulness

    Throw yourself upon God’s faithfulness as you do upon your bed, bringing all your weariness to His dear rest. Charles Spurgeon There’s just something lovely about going to bed. Sure, it might take some persuasion to get me to put down my book and actually fall asleep, but once I’m under the blankets and the lights are out, I’m happy.  For a little bit, I don’t have to worry about work or school or writing. It’ll all be there in the morning. But now I get to rest.  Maybe you find that comfortable resting place snuggled in your favorite recliner. Or in a hammock at the beach. Somewhere your worries…

  • Know your foundation--Allison Grace

    Know Your Foundation

    If there’s one major thing I’ve learned from my criminal justice class, it’s the importance of having a foundation. Both the course and assignments made me think about things I hadn’t considered before and helped me to see them through a biblical worldview.  Now, if you’ve ever written a paper, for college or otherwise, you know that you can’t just say something is true without proving it. You have to have evidence to support your views. (And you have to cite that evidence. *shudder*) But as annoying as MLA, APA, or whatever formatting you’re using may be, there’s no denying the importance of being able to explain why something is…

  • Finding Your Balance

    Finding Your Balance

    Plant your feet shoulder-width apart and imagine you are rooted to the floor. Pull your shoulders back and take a deep breath. Let it reach all the way to the bottom of your lungs.  Re-center yourself.   That’s what the happiness coach said to do when dealing with work stress and I’m not sure I’m buying it. Sure, everyone needs to take a minute every once and a while and just breathe. When the phone won’t stop ringing, you have twenty unread emails in your inbox, and your kid needs help with his science project, it’s way too easy to get snappish. To feel so overwhelmed that you just want to…

  • Too stressed to be blessed

    Too Stressed To Be Blessed

    Let’s face it.  Life is busy.  School. Work. Family. Friends. Church.  Everywhere we turn we seem to have more commitments, more deadlines, and more stress.  It’s overwhelming. My mom has a sign that says “Too Blessed to be Stressed.” It’s cute (and I might have picked it out) but it made me think.  How much of the time do we live as if we are “too stressed to be blessed”?  How much of the time do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with our to-do lists that we forget to count our blessings? Remember back in May when I talked about neglecting prayer?  Well, we also forget to be thankful…

  • T-Shirt Christianity

    T-Shirt Christianity

    We wear our faith on our sleeves. Literally.  It seems like every Christian girl’s closet is full of T-shirts emblazoned with Bible verses and sayings. We plaster our laptops and cars with stickers–crosses, fish, and John 3:16. Our phone cases say, “I Can Do All Things,” and our keychains, “Not Today Satan.” Now, before we get too far into this post, let me just say there’s nothing wrong with Christian T-shirts, jewelry, phone cases, etc.  The problem becomes when we equate wearing our Philippians 4:13 sweatshirt as being a witness for Jesus.  Yes, it certainly can be a good way to show your faith, but if your actions don’t line…

  • Little Hope or Living Hope?

    Little Hope or Living Hope?

    On the road to Mammoth Cave is a tiny cemetery. If you blink you’ll miss it.  When my family drove by a few years ago, we were startled by the name: “Little Hope Cemetery.” Did it earn its name because of its diminutive size or because those buried in it despaired of life after death?  It’s sobering to think about.  In reality, there are only two cemeteries in this world–The Burial Place of Little Hope and The Resting Place of Living Hope. The graveyard of the unredeemed and the tombs of the saints.  The hope the world offers to unbelievers is as fleeting as the dew. It is nothing more…

  • I'm just too busy to pray

    I’m Too Busy To Pray

    When you get busy, things start to slip. Library books don’t get returned on time. Plants don’t get watered. Blog posts don’t get written… *cough* Somedays, you just look at your to-do list and just give up. There is no physical way that everything can get done. The lowest priorities are the first to get the axe.  Sure, I care about my plants. I don’t want them to turn into crispy twigs. But they’ve gone this long without water, so they can wait until I finish this assignment.  I certainly want to write blog posts, but when I finally get a break from school, I just want to read a…