Moana

I have the absolute BLESSING of getting to work as a Youth Ministry Intern at EPIC Youth Orlando, and one of the events that we have every summer is movie nights. But they come with a bit of a twist. After every movie that we watch, the students get into groups of about 5-10 people and go over what they got out of it; we challenge them to look for the deeper meaning and see God.

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​​​Jesus Calling

Do you ever get that desire to just hear God speak to you directly? You ask yourself, "Why can't it be like the old days when God wrote on the wall or appeared in a burning bush?" As human beings, we have a strong desire to hear God speak. We realize it doesn't always happen in a supernatural and audible way, but it does always happen through the Bible.

e may not always feel God is speaking, but He is! The Bible is full of His inspired words. Although these words are the most important ones we will read, they are not always easy to understand. This is where the devotional, Jesus Calling, has helped so much. Jesus Calling was written by a lady named Sarah Young. Sarah "endeavors to keep her writing consistent with the unchanging standard of the Bible, which is the only infallible, inerrant Word of God." This can bring confidence to a reader, knowing that the words written aren't just "feel good," but are intended to reflect Scripture.

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7 Reasons Why You Need to Read "How to Raise an Adult" and 2 Reasons You Should Think Twice

If you are a parent and haven't yet encountered the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, then you need to stop reading right now and get this book. This book has rocked my world so much that it deserves its own blog post. Here are seven reasons why you should read this book now and two reasons why you should think twice. 

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Unpacking

This past year, I went away to a college that was about two hours away from my hometown. I came home about as much as any college student does...for special occasions and holidays (probably about once every two months, give or take). Whenever I did get to come home, it was only for a couple of days, three at the absolute most. So when I was home for this minuscule amount of time, barely even enough to adjust and catch my breath, I didn’t see any rational point in unpacking anything because I would just be putting everything right back in a day. So whenever I did get to come home, I lived out of a suitcase. 

Recently, after lots of thought and prayer and attempted planning, I’ve decided to trade in my major university two hours away in exchange for a community college in my hometown. I have been back for about three weeks now, and allow me to give you a list of where there are boxes and trash bags full of my things: my closet, the floor, rooms that aren't mine, the hallway, and my car.

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The Joy in Bringing Kinsey Joy Home

It is hard to believe that this story, and all the details surrounding our amazing journey of how God chose to complete our family through adoption, actually happened. At times we feel like we are in a dream and are sure to wake up. But we know it's all real and we are enjoying our living proof of God’s faithfulness with our sweet baby girl, Kinsey Joy. Shortly after we began the home study process for our adoption in June 2015, I bought a pink journal (for no other reason than the verse…seriously thought we would have a third boy as we had no gender preference) with the following verse inscribed on the outer cover: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you Hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). I clung to God’s promises in these words that continually spoke hope into my heart, following a grueling six years of unsuccessful infertility treatments, deep depression and relational struggles.

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