Lent was a strange concept to me for many years. I didn’t grow up in a church that practiced this rhythm, and the first time I heard about it I was a second grader attending a Lutheran school. We had an Ash Wednesday service and no one quite prepared me for the silence or the … Read more
Many of us set the goal of reading through the Bible during the year. And often when we set that goal we are all excited and ready to go. But can I confess something to you? Heading into this year I was not excited to read my Bible. I’m a big fan of reading the … Read more
Matthew West put out a song several years ago called “Motions.” It was a prayer about how he doesn’t want to go through the motions anymore but actually engage with God and grow in faith. For several years this song was an anthem for me, a declaration that I wanted to put my whole heart into … Read more
Reading through the Bible is one goal many Christians add to their list for the new year, and it’s a good one. We talk a lot around here about how faith is about relationship. There is no better way to build relationship with the Lord than to get to know Him through His Word. But … Read more
Rachelle Dekker wrote “Life is series of forgetting and remembering.” If you hang around me for any period of time you’ll probably hear me share those words because they are some of the most freeing I have ever encountered. They remind me that I’m not going to get it right the first time–or the twenty-first … Read more
When we settle our focus on God, when we remember that this life isn’t just about accomplishing and achieving and doing, but being devoted to relationship with God, we’re able to breathe a little deeper. We’re able to unwind our identity from what we have to do and remember who we are.
We are children of God, and we have things to do, but those things don’t define us. God does.
I’m going to join a convent. My thumbs tapped out the declaration in a late night text message to a friend, a coded SOS that my heart was not in a great place. As I waited for her response, hoping she was still awake, I briefly thought about looking up the nearest convent on Google … Read more
I’ve spent most of my life believing that Christianity is something you do. That in order to please God you have to be good enough. You have to follow the rules and meet with God every day in a certain way. And for years, that’s what I did. I paid attention to what other mature … Read more
Just a couple of weeks ago I was talking through some things with God. We were having a sort of DTR, and he told me something that caught me off guard: “Jazmin, I need you to stop determining how I pursue you and let me relate with you on my terms.” For most of my … Read more