The truest version of ourselves seems to come in blips, and being in a funk is such a consistent state. How can we flip those scales?
The world is full of so much brokenness, but I can't seem to turn a deaf ear to the silver linings. There is more to the story.
The more I get to know guys, the more I realize how confusing women can be. So let's see if I can help you decipher her actions.
Ask anyone how they're doing and they'll likely say "busy." Why are we all busy? Why does the packed schedule never seem to clear?
With so many things to go and do, we often don't end up feeling as full as our calendars. If that's true, this might be missing.
Ever wondered why excitement follows so-and-so's announcement that they're finally together? It goes a lot deeper than giddy applause.
There is a common misconception that suffering can be avoided, that doing good will prevent evil. This is not the case.
To anyone else who struggles with small talk, here's what I've learned about getting below the surface of vague inclinations.
To anyone else who feels like they're in a hallway waiting for God to open a door, let's talk about how we can be present in the here and now.
It's been occurring to you that your friendship with her is exactly what you're looking for in a marriage. You are more right than you know.
There are so many things we fret over. Situation after situation, we are forever turning down the invitation to trust. Here's how to accept.
If you're someone who wants everyone and their mother to be your friend, let's talk about why you won't have myriads of deep relationships.
To the one who is aggravated about what seems like a lack of growth: here's a reality check and practical steps on moving forward.
No single decision will impact your spiritual life more than your choice of a spouse, so how do you know if someone is a good option?
To the one who is incredibly hard on themself: look on the other side. There is so much more than everything you think is wrong.
It is nearly promised that who someone is today will not be who they are in years to come, so how do you discern a good spouse?
At the end of the day, you can either focus on what tears apart or what holds together. It's all about perspective.
A marriage is only as strong as the reason for getting married. To make it through conflict stronger, you need a third-party purpose.
If you're back to doing something you promised you'd stay away from, here are a few points to help you in your effort to try again.
To any guy who has decided he'd like to pursue a girl, here are four steps you should not skip over or rearrange.
If you're lost in a dizzying swirl of emotions that accompanies an unexpected trial, here are three things you can do to focus your thoughts.
For anyone who wants to be friends with everyone, here's why you should be able to count your closest friends on one hand.
It is natural to want good friends, but relationships are two-sided. If you want good friends, you have to be a good friend.
Did you know the person or circumstance that is driving you up a wall is actually providing incredible insight to your soul?
You should have somebody who balances you in a complimentary sense, but they do not (and should not) complete you.
There seems to be an endless supply of differences to bicker over but, if you go deep enough, you'll find that we really are quite similar.
While reflection can be good and looking ahead can be a strength, both taken too far can lead you to miss out on the present.
It's one thing to know facts about God in your head and another to feel their reality in your heart, but how does that transition occur?
You shouldn't marry someone you met a year or so ago. Even if you're ready to tie the knot, here's why waiting might be a good idea.
In a world fascinated with outward appearances, let's explore the uncommon status of not owning any makeup.
Statistically speaking, it's risky that your marriage will last (and even then, happiness isn't promised), so why bother?
The midst of a trial can be a foggy place where rounding any corner sends a pierce straight to your heart. But it's not all dark.
There will always be something to complain about. There will always be something that could be fixed, better, or different. So stop looking.
Everyone has experience with empty words, whether by giving or receiving. Let's talk about exactly why words need to be backed up by actions.
Because we were designed to be in unity with one another, losing a relationship hurts deeply. Here's practical advice on how to move forward.
Sometimes the most simple and seemingly obvious concepts can be the most confusing, as it can be with love. Let's break it down.
Repeating an undesirable reality (again) can be quite a hopeless place, but there is hope. You don't have to be stuck. You have a choice.
Life is a collection of stopping or continuing. Whether you're being stretched from the inside or out, here's motivation to keep going.
There can be mixed emotions when faced with singleness. How do you turn away from pressing thoughts and focus on what really matters?
Ever been called out for immaturity or praised for being mature? There's obviously a standard, but it's not explained very often.
We're told to ask and we will receive, but what if you asked a while ago? What if you have lost sight of prayers you once held dear?
The idea of soulmates is a popular fascination, but also one that gets shushed for misinformed reasons. Let's look at it another way.
In a world full of voices proclaiming you can be whoever you want to be, how are you supposed to know who you are meant to be?
The idea of a perfect love story dominates media but doesn't step much farther beyond "I do." What happens in the decades after?
Scripture is clear that trials unlike any other are coming, but why wouldn't God just skip over that part? Why should His children suffer?
It can be hard to evaluate a relationship when you're in the middle of it, so here are a few red flags to look out for.
Scripture is clear that trials unlike any other are coming, but you might not feel ready to face them. Here are seven ways to prepare.
It's fascinating to think that we will never see through another person's eyes or be able to hear their thoughts, but we can listen to their stories.
To those who have made a mistake, here are four points to help you leave the past and move forward into a better future.
A personal letter on putting the pen down, picking up a pencil, and handing God the eraser.
Social media has become the primary means of connection. While there are many benefits to this, let's address a few weak areas.
Fools rush in, and I've been a fool before, so take my advice and avoid making this decision too soon to prevent future heartbreak.
It can be easy to identify friends, but what differentiates them from one who sticks closer than a brother?
Losing someone you love is hard, but you shouldn't hurry to forget the heartbreak. There is a lot of power there that can become fuel.
The best things often come by complete surprise, just like how these unexpected three and a half months bore life lessons.
Did you know? One of the purest forms of love is actually found in telling someone something they don't want to hear.
For as long as I can remember, I've had a self-enforced rule that you never skip out on a church event, but here I was doing just that.
For anyone else who feels like they were born in the wrong time period.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if there was no suffering or heartbreak? I beg to differ. Here's why.
When someone hurts you, it can be easy to regret the relationship. Don't. There is always a silver lining and beauty that comes from ashes.
Wisdom comes from experience, so if you know how something will end, why should you participate in the first place?
Reunions with long-distance friends can be few and far between, so how do you make the best use of time when you're finally together?
The Holy Spirit is not limited to Christian media, so we can reap biblical truths even if that was not the creator's intent.
Christians should be the happiest people on the planet but oftentimes we aren't. How do you balance the weight of the world and unceasing joy?
The best kind of person is a "well-rounded" person, but what does that even mean and how do you fully developed your personality?
While we may never know exactly why a trial occurs, we can rest assured that God does not allow pain without a purpose.
Wait it out. For someone who cherishes you, for someone who compliments you. It's better to be lonely now than married and lonely later.
Everything happens for a reason. While we might not always know completely why, there are good reminders along the way.
Don't settle for someone because they may be interested in you. There's a lot more that goes into a marriage than mere fancy
I wanted to identify as a daughter of the King. I wanted to throw away my doubt and cling to my Savior, but what if I was wrong?
If you could orchestrate all matters of the universe, what kind of life would you live? Here's why you shouldn't pursue that dream.
I can't seem to get rid of the thought: Why has God provided for my material needs when I deserve to be cast homeless from His kingdom?
From starting the day to pushing through a tough season, it is important to focus on God. Here are some practical tips and resources.
Your thoughts control your life, so don't settle for thinking about something you shouldn't. But don't just lecture yourself either.
Music is with us in our joy and a close companion in times of sorrow, so how is it directing your thoughts?
To anyone else whose mind has been thrown into confusion and hurt, here's how to fulfill your purpose and benefit your mental health.
Practical ways to alter your surroundings and simultaneously improve your mindset.
There comes a season when you will grab hold of anything to explain your situation, only to realize that sometimes there is no logic.
It is core to human nature to long for a calling bigger than ourselves, but often we identify with the wrong thing.
With social distancing and quarantine, even self-proclaimed introverts have realized their need for people.
Come wearing yellow and gold and celebrate all that our Father has done, is doing, and has yet to do. To Him be the glory!
"This is it," my dad told my mom. Of all the fights her father had fought and won, he would not be able to triumph this time.
Dear me: You are not happy with your life right now. This is not where you imagined yourself being a year ago.
To the one battling heartbreak, loss, anxiety, depression, or any other trial: this is for you, and this is for me.
"I wanted to have plans for Valentine's Day," one of my best friends told me. "The plans I ended up getting are not the plans I wanted."
Loving someone is a pursuit each of us undertakes at some point, to the extent that the sincerity of our feelings can be hard to discern.
Here's a statement I had strong beliefs against long before I heard it. But they say you learn better when you teach, so here I am.
Each person is a micro-aspect of our heavenly Father, God's walking poetry, a beauty found beneath the surface of one's physical appearance.
Before you rush out of singleness, wait. Once you read on to falling in love, there's no flipping the pages back to being just friends.
Because I grew up in a very Christ-centered environment, I did not see the importance of baptism. As I grew older, I learned its value but something I couldn't put a finger on still felt off.
Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed.
Diets never seem to work, and they won't. The "secret" to a healthy life is in making a daily habit of these four steps.
Where is your faith? In one social circle or spread across the venn diagram? Jesus isn't confined to a box, so our faith shouldn't be either.
Learning to joyfully trust God with an unknown future.
Wondering why you're never able to rest? They say it's because we don't know how to stay quietly in our rooms.
In crazy storms where leaves are turned upside down, branches just hang on. If you only do one thing, do this.
Who hasn't wondered what God's will is for their life? Do I do this or do that? Thankfully, it is not as complicated as it may seem.
This is what I like about photographs, they're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.
Women are losing their uniqueness. They weren't created to do everything a man can do. They were created to do everything a man can't do.
Most people will form circles you won’t be involved in, and that’s okay. You don’t need a lot of friends, just a few you can trust.