Faith is spelled R-I-S-K – How Brazil shaped me

Somehow, when we think about mission trips, we tend to believe that we are traveling to another place to impact and shake that region, and while that is true, we always leave the one most changed. This has always been my experience with mission trips. I return home more joyful, passionate, changed, and filled with…

God is sovereign, and I am powerful

Life has been insane these past few months. I am still a full-time student, working 2-3 part-time jobs, juggling house cleaning, cooking, and homework, all the while trying to stay in touch with my family, maintain a healthy social life, volunteer in the community, be a good wife to a husband who works 14-hour days,…

Satan’s attack and God’s call for women to rise up!

The past two weeks were rough ones for me, physically, mentally and emotionally.  I was plagued with thoughts that I constantly had to rebuke and accusations that I always had to negate.  Taking every thought captive was a moment-by-moment action, constantly.  I do not remember struggling like this since I was a teenager.  My very…

Beauty begins with your mind

This is an article that I had actually written for a women’s empowerment magazine a little while ago, but wanted to share this insight with you all on my page as well. As virtually every woman does at least once in her life, she believes she is not beautiful.  Whether she is fourteen or forty,…

How do you respond to challenges?

“If you’re not being stretched, you’re not growing.” This quote was coined by my wonderful husband who believes this to be true, 100%.  I, too, agree that growth, both physically, mentally, and spiritually, requires some form of stretching; whether it be learning abstract concepts in college to grow mentally, pushing yourself to run that tenth…

What does “loving like Christ” really mean?

“Preach Jesus, and if necessary, use words….” – St. Francis Many of us who have grown up in church have heard this quote at least once, but have we ever just paused for a moment and tried to understand, in depth, what it actually means?  The concept (understanding) is quite simple, although the execution (action)…

Marrying into an Amish familie

Okay, so now that we all have the same understanding of the Amish belief-system and way of life, let me continue with my story of how my husband’s family left the Amish (What do the Amish believe and why?): After Brian’s father became “saved” or “born-again” while reading a contemporary Christian book, he and a…