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    O My Soul: Positive Self-Talk From a Biblical Perspective

    Naturally, we are drawn to the world’s teachings. The flesh desires so desperately to be gratified by half-truths and fine-sounding words. What’s more, oftentimes we, even as believers with opened eyes, do not identify the world’s words as different from God’s. It is the cleverness and cunning nature of Satan to mask truth and make falsehoods look more believable or appealing. This is not something to be hopelessly ashamed of, though; rather it is something to be repentant of. The recognition of the human’s heart and its desire to wander should bring about sorrow that results in refreshment; it should always lead us back to our knees, in fearful recognition…

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    The Hope in a Groan: A Response to Romans 8:22-25

    Fruit of the forbidden personifying The pride of a heart that was God-defying From there, all humanity was subjected Cast from perfection and disconnected Thorns and thistles sprout from sin The labor pains of corruption Confined to a realm of tantalizing flaw Are earth and its inhabitants under the law A harbinger of common grief Earth’s cries echo the soul’s plea for relief Our fallen hearts desperately thirst For redemption from a garden cursed The mourning of the dove and the brokenhearted The sigh of the wind and the dearly departed The fatigue of the sun and the trauma-inflicted The howl of the wolf and the abused and afflicted The…

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    Recovery and Rediscovery: My Return to Truth

    Throughout the past few months, I have found myself in a season of deep questioning and lack of faith. I feel like I went (and continue to go) through multiple levels of doubt, and all at the same time, find and reaffirm that God is Truth and worthy to pursue. It really is the tangible battle of the Spirit and the flesh. I say this with full confidence, not because I am “speaking my truth” or am “validating my experiences,” but because there is no shame when struggles are brought to and made light through Christ. I pray that this speaks to a weary soul and reminds you that you…

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    Today I Decided to Fight

    Today I decided to fightI have been weary for a long season,For my grief there are many reasons.I am a tired soldier, an exhausted troop;I know you are victorious, and down you stoopto give me the strength to keep pressing on,even though I want to remain withdrawn.But today I decided to fight. Today I decided to fight,The depression and hopelessness are dense,There are days I have no defense,It’s easier to let apathy dispense,Will this one day all make sense?Today I decided to fight. Today I decided to fight,Instead of passively waiting for the day to expire,I am out of bed, seeking a spark to my dying fire.There are days that…

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    Things God Has Taught Me Through Owning a Dog

    These are a select few chronicles, if you will, of my different experiences and correlations with God and owning a dog. Bear with me, these are only metaphors for Truth itself, but it is a blessing to see God’s character in a new light, through man’s best friend. Unconditional Love This goes two ways. The first being my dog’s unconditional love towards me. Can they actually feel “love?” I don’t know, I’d assume not. Regardless, God is using his creation, this little pup that is under my care, to show me a little facet of how He loves me. I will admit, I am not always the kindest owner. I…

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    Why Do I Return to the Artificial Sweeteners: A Desperate Plea for a Content Heart

    God you’re like eating vegetables to me right now. I know you will satisfy more than the Oreos, I know deep down, my body craves the sustenance more than the sugar. But I still eat the Oreos, everytime. It tastes sweeter, looks more appetizing than a carrot does. I KNOW I NEED THE HEALTHY STUFF, but I don’t want it. Make me want the vegetables, make me hunger after you more than a sugar high. The things of this world seem so satisfying, so fulfilling to consume. Material items, idealistic thoughts, fun trips and experiences – how can I have it all? I want all of it, my appetite for…

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    It is The Lord Who Judges Me

    I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the LORD who judges me. -1 Corinthians 4:3-4 My heart – one that struggles to find security in God and what He says rather than lies from self or others – finds solace in these verses. In this season of life, I have found that the battle for a secure heart is more difficult than I anticipated. A fleeting comment, a wandering thought, or a questionable look all send my mind racing with desperate questions.…

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    Finding “Myself”: A Journey Back to the Creator

    In the world, we are pressed to “be ourselves.” Phrases have even been coined to encourage this mentality – “keep it real,” “you do you,” “speak your truth,” and so on. What happens when we adopt this way of thinking into our churches and walk with God, though? Over the last couple of months, I have had a lot of time to think and learn about myself. I think awareness of self is a good thing; it is important we know what our strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and backgrounds are. The uncontrollable events in our individual lives have somehow come together to shape “who we are.” Culture, hobbies, career paths, social…

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    Prepare for Greater

    Are you prepared? It’s the question that everyone is asking during this unfamiliar time. Is there enough food in the pantry and toilet paper in the bathroom? Is my bank account equipped to support a time of unemployment? Do I have a plan of action if things go south? These uncertainties plaguing our nation beg the question: Are you ready? And people are eager to answer with action. It’s evident by the empty shelves in the grocery stores and the abandoned city streets that people are taking this seriously. Most of us find ourselves in quarantine –isolated within the walls of our own homes– in hopes that this may stop…

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    Where Are the Other Nine?

    Can I be honest with y’all real quick?  I hesitated with even posting this picture to my site. This picture of the Chicago skyline is more than an image I used to fill a space that could have been used to write. It is a metaphor for God’s grace and mercy amidst a heart issue of mine that recently came to light. Let me explain. I am an adventurer, I like to think. I find so much happiness in discovering new places, meeting new people, and just simply being in a place that is so different from what I am accustomed to. My brain loves to learn and my heart…