Giving Thanks In All Things

One thing I’m grateful for during this week of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to visit in-laws and friends in Colorado (which is providing plenty of time for extra blog writing!). There is only so much you can do in Northern Virginia to deviate from its culture of busyness and ambition, especially when there are only…

Materialism, Minimalism, And Moving House

I remember catching the minimalism bug after watching the well-known documentary on Netflix a couple years ago. For several months afterward (and even now, honestly) I desired to give away my possessions and move into a tiny house, leaving the American dream behind and pursuing a life filled with new meaning and intentionality. As it…

Commencement and Surface Calvinism

How many of us are really just theoretically Reformed? This is something I’ve been asking myself as I near the completion of my undergraduate degree. I wish I could say my affirmations of God’s sovereignty were easy to actually apply to all the realities in my life, but the truth is that I struggle just…

Theology In The Thick Of Life

“O Lord, make me know my end     and what is the measure of my days;     let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,     and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are…

Wrestling With God

Why would God make Jacob wrestle with him in order to bless him? I’m sinfully stubborn – I rarely see the connection between God’s affliction and affection. These verses challenge my preconceptions about the role of happiness or ease in the journey of sanctification. I don’t want to wrestle when circumstances test my faith. I want to run.

Living In The Present In-Between

Seasons of life are some of the most fascinating concepts to me, and something that has helped me process the daily, monthly, yearly goings-on of my own life is thinking of them in terms of chapters. I’m an English major, so the parallels between human life and storytelling have become more apparent and incredible to…

I Don’t Become A Homemaker By Becoming A Mother

There is such a nasty inclination in the heart of women to create cliques and set up hoops for one another to jump through. Throughout my entire life, I’ve been very conscious of the reality that there will always be a female figure close by (or two, or three) who will push me to reach…

Does Being A Good Student Mean Making Good Grades?

I have had such a rollercoaster experience when it comes to formal education. I was considered a “gifted” student in elementary school even though I rarely made any grade higher than a C or B-. Middle school was just a blur in every way. And in high school I swung to the opposite end of…

The “Good” In Good Friday

Some of my least favorite seasons of life are those in which I’m forced to recognize my own sickening inadequacy. It does not help that I live in a culture determined to force-feed me the message of You Are Enough while I’m already busy gagging on all my failures and frustrations – as though it’s…

On Being Engaged . . . And Being Fallible

If you’ve known me personally for more than five years, you know that my history and perspective when it comes to romantic relationships have both been quite . . . diverse. I’ve “been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt” in all sorts of unpleasant relational circumstances. I gradually learned to be (genuinely) content in…

Writing Words: The Paralyzing Curse of Creative Perfectionism

I’m horrible at maintaining any sort of blog. But if I can get the hang of it, it will be a good thing, because it’s a format in which my writing style tends to thrive. I’ve actually been in a weird sort of rut in this area over the past several months, which has caused me to…