remembering

Today began just like this day seven years ago. A cool, crisp fall day with blue skies and not a cloud to be seen for miles. But this time around, it didn’t seem as painful to make it through the day. I acknowledged the moment of silence, like I have every year since that day…but … [Read more…]

september

It’s September. School starts. Fall events starts at church. But has summer ended? For me, the seasons begin to run together, as I no longer have classes to go to and homework to complete. Still, it’s a new season in ministry, where busyness becomes routine and it’s easy to get caught up in life. How … [Read more…]

spinning

My head is spinning. This week has felt like a non-stop, roundtrip flight from here to the far corners of the world. How do I make it stop?…Or really, I just need it to slow down. I know I am in control of my day to day routine, but I think I need to give … [Read more…]

awe

I am absolutely, positively in awe of God! Ever just have a moment where you realize the awesome grace and love of God for you? I felt this week like I was falling away…wanting to be in Scripture but choosing not to, trying to pray and falling asleep instead, etc…and God, rich in mercy brought … [Read more…]

wow

The 4x100m free relay last night was amazing! It was worth staying up past my bedtime to see the awesome feat the Americans had against the French! I just love when people smack talk and then eat their words. More importantly, I love the competitive spirit of the sport of swimming in the olympics…it’s my … [Read more…]

olympics

I’m watching the opening ceremonies of the 2008 olympics…something I have been looking forward to all week. I just love the olympics because of the unity, competition, and spirit that is shared by hundreds of countries around the world. I’m also learning about what is going on with China, and receiving a geography lesson as … [Read more…]

i’m back

I’m finally back in the office, back in my apt after a quick month of July! Where did it go? I’m “official” now, but honestly it doesn’t feel much different than before! I am happy to be busy and just enjoying this last month of summer. It has gone quickly, but I don’t see it … [Read more…]

vacation

Time for a little relaxation! My family is headed up to Camp Arcadia in Arcadia, Michigan. Peace, quiet, isolation…I can’t wait!

something better

I just returned from a conference in my hometown of Indianapolis. It was a youthworker’s conference, and while I expected it to focus on senior high, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get a lot out of it for my role in junior high and young adult ministry. I have to say … [Read more…]

God moment

Have you ever had a “God moment”? Now, what I mean by this is, when a prayer is answered or a realization is made and you say, “Wow, God is awesome!” I had one of those moments yesterday. I had been praying a lot about something that was driving me crazy, and I just kept … [Read more…]