Life

A Belated Thanksgiving

My pastor's father passed away this past Monday. He was 81 years old and I was told that he didn't really know who his family was for about the past year. "My prayer has just been, 'Lord, take him,'" my pastor remarked. He had grieved the loss of his father already, in some ways. I still can't understand why he was standing in front of me, with the countdown starting on the projection screen behind us, preparing for a worship service, pouring into me, despite all that he had to have poured out this week. I know that I couldn't have. I'm selfish. I would take all the time in the world to mourn what I needed to mourn, and…

LifeLoveRelationships

You see, there’s this girl…

I’ve been walking this weird path of reinventing myself, or “rebranding” as people in the blogging world call it. I’ve been curating my content so that it is a bit easier to swallow, so that it is a little more relatable to a wider audience. Ever since then I’ve been struggling write anything that I think is of any value. It feels kind of contrived. Like I know what readers will want to read. I know what people are going to respond to. I know what will get circulated and retweeted, and I haven’t actually written anything about me in a while. Which is why I started writing in the first place, right? I started Confessions to tell my story,…

Life

Look Who’s Talking

I have read some crazy stuff online lately, and not just the regular kind of stuff that you get on Buzzfeed or off of a celebrity gossip website.I’m talking some razor thin theological essays, crazy loose doctrines, and hippie hybrids who mix eastern mysticism with the Gospel of Christ and are begging to have magic in their religion. The Holy Spirit is mysterious and powerful enough for me (and for everyone else, for that matter), thank you. Some of it really started ticking me off because I was thinking about all the people who are not strong in their faith and will just read any old tweet and take it as gospel truth. “It is amazing how far you can…

Ratchet Conversations

Closer: a Ratchet Conversation with @EdenGemMusic

Tonight, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Deidra  Love and Elizabeth Jackson, aka Liz & Lovely, of Eden Gem. And INCREDIBLE alt R&B duo who just dropped their first single. We talk about creative processes, about the reality of making it work as a real person delving into the creative world, and the truth that when you have a dream in your heart is always worth pursuing because God put it there. You can follow Eden Gem on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @EdenGemMusic And you can download their new Single, "Closer" HERE for FREE. (Srsly... its free music, and it is good, so you have no excuse.)  

Life

What If we stopped asking What If

I hear people say that they don't live with regrets, but that they are thankful for every single moment of adversity in their life because it has caused them to become who they are. I am not one of those people. For the most part, if it is hard, I don't want it. If I things get hairy, I tend to shy away. For someone who has terrible cardio endurance, I am a great runner. Over the past few months, that has kind of changed. I'm not quite sprinting back home as a prodigal son, but I feel like I am putting one foot in front of the other. Having lost my crowns and titles, having lost my self-worth, I…

Bedlam

25 Things to Learn before turning 25

I turn 25 in two days, and I feel like I could practically be dead. That’s drastic. Maybe not dead, but it is definitely a sobering thing to say: I am going to be 25 years old. When did this whole adult thing start? I can’t exactly point it out, but somewhere between gaining the right to vote and  taking on the last of my own bills, I guess I became an adult… maybe. Adulthood doesn’t look anything like I thought. It’s not squeaky clean, and it’s not smooth sailing. Having a job and paying bills, and doing “grown up” stuff is not what my little seven-year-old mind imagined. And in hindsight I think there are plenty of things I…

journey

One More Day: an open letter to World Racers everywhere

Today is 11/11, which has been named World Race Day, a day to celebrate a culture, a community, and the countless lives being changed and impacted for the Kingdom of God. The World Race an incredible kingdom journey that takes young adults between 18-35, both married and single, to 11 different countries in 11 months. I had the pleasure of being a part of that journey in the summer of 2013 on 2nd gen R-Squad. When I stepped onto the plane on July 7, 2013, I was completely sold out on everything. Put me in the bush, let me get sick, I want it! I want the community, I want the challenge, I want all of what God has for…