Tag Archives: grace

A Time to Embrace

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The conversation is seared into my brain.

We were at the kitchen table eating breakfast with my dad, studying Scripture, and processing how we are prone to see suffering as an inconvenience rather than what it is, love from God, when one of our best friends said,

“[Suffering] actually produces gold and then you level up (1 Peter 1:6-7), like in a video game, so you almost want to go find land mines joyfully and destroy them so we get more of Christ.”

For a couple of years, my constant prayer has been that I would not resist anything that would make me look more like Christ. But Daniel’s words at breakfast opened up a completely new (and convicting) perspective.

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How do you make non-cheesy Christian art?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Andrew Peterson’s heart and ministry. 

The magazine I write for featured AP in the latest edition but the following snippet had to be (regrettably) trimmed, so here it is for your enjoyment and edification. It’s so good. Praise the Lord for His grace to us through Gospel-centered artists like Andrew Peterson.

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Without Wax


According to folk history, merchants who sold cheap pottery would fill in the imperfections and cracks with wax in order to give the appearance that the piece was worth more than it actually was.

When holding this pottery up to light, a person could easily observe the coverup, because the light would shine through the areas where the wax had been placed, revealing the cracks. Authentic, quality pieces were often stamped with the phrase “sine cera” or “without wax.” Christians are to live without wax, genuine and sincere in our actions toward one another. -Dustin Willis, Life in Community

(Approximately 30 seconds after I posted the above photo to Instagram this morning, I spilled the coffee. Just keeping things sincere.)

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Monday Morning Munch No. 127 – Slumber Parties in South Asia


These beautiful women have endured so much sorrow and pain, hurt and abandonment, but the joy of the Lord radiates from their gorgeous faces. I mean, just look at them! (Also please ignore my crazy eyes. kthanksbye.)

(The following is a journal entry from our trip to South Asia over the last two weeks. This is post one of a few blogs that will hopefully serve to somewhat recap our trip.) 

S L U M B E R  P A R T Y

Following day one of the two-day women’s conference, some of the girls/women stayed at the guest house and a couple of us stayed downstairs with them.

It was my favorite part of the trip so far. There was so much sharing and sweet heart-to-hearts. I could communicate with almost all of them (what! praise.) and we laughed and laughed. They are the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Seriously. They are so encouraging and kind and thoughtful and open.

They have experienced more pain and trauma than most people will see in their lifetime but the joy of the Lord radiates from them. They told stories of how they came to Christ, how fascinated they are by my white skin and how “it glows when [I] talk.” They shared their battles with depression and fears and stories of heartaches and burdens. They spoke of how they were discipling others and praying their families and friends see the glory of the Gospel. They spoke of the conference and how it strengthened and encouraged them.

One, a 19 year old, shared how, with two small girls (also present with us) her husband beat her then abandoned her before marrying someone else while still married to her. All because she became a Christian.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 125 – When fear yells at you


This has successfully wrecked me for three days now. 

May the wrecking never cease.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 122 – When God Repeats Himself


Sometimes God repeats Himself.

We shouldn’t need the God of the universe to repeat Himself, but when He does He’s displaying divine forbearance and making a point, and we should definitely pay attention.

Over the last week, our sweet Savior has repeated Himself loud and clear a few times. Allow me to share a couple of the moments with you and you can figure out what God’s trying to teach me.

My friend BCJ tells me: “God doesn’t need your help. Not even in your own life.”

My pastor’s awesome wife tells me: “God doesn’t call us to fix but to surrender.”

My best friend tells me: “It’s part of being human. You can’t be perfect.”


Well, here’s the thing, as a million people have reminded me this week: I’m not. “There is no end to your crap or mine this side of heaven,” BCJ told me. Ew. 

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Monday Morning Munch No. 112 – Lessons in Grace

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Here are some things about me…

I’m legalistic.
I like the law. It’s measurable. Black and white. I “feel” safe there because it’s easy to see what’s right and wrong.
I’m a natural born grace-resister.

And therefore it’s hard for me to give grace.

I’m like the servant who has been forgiven the enormous debt by the king only to turn around and require pennies from others.

This has been the topic of so many discussions between my pastor and I, my parents and I and, most recently, one of my best friends and I. What’s the deal?

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Satisfied by…

Perfect handlettering
Perfect instagram photos
Perfect homes
Perfectly met expectations
Perfect productivity
Or the illusion of human perfection at all. 
Grace. It’s all that satisfies, so let us be satisfied by it (Him) alone.
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Monday Morning Munch No. 105 – Wishing for Training Wheels


Sometimes it feels like God has ripped off our training wheels.

There we are, trying to ride our big kid bike, but instead of making real progress it seems we just keep toppling over. We thought this would be cool, riding a bike on our own, but now all we want are our training wheels back.

I’m learning something that’s shaking the dust off my constantly-dreaming-of-perfection mindset.

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Visions of pumpkin spice dance in their heads


“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
He removes kings and sets up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
He reveals deep and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with Him.”

(Daniel 2:20-22)

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