Stop Concealing Your Faith

We stopped to stretch out legs and explore a small town. We were on a road trip, and there was rumored to be some very good ice cream in one of the shops. It was semi-crowded as walked to find the legendary ice cream. That’s when I saw him. I glanced at a man turning…

Lonely, But Not Alone

“God, I ask for a hug,” I wrote in my journal. I felt so alone. Desperate for fellowship. Craving visible signs of love. Surrounded by people, but so, so lonely. I knew my family loved me. But they were carrying so many burdens themselves that none of us had the capability to bear even one…

When God Leads By Obscurity

“What do you want to do with your life?” my mom asked at the dinner table recently. I just started laughing. This was not the first time she’d asked that question in seriousness in recent weeks. I’m seventeen going on eighteen, a senior in high school. It’s past time to decide what’s next. But the…

God’s Plans Are Different Than Ours

“His strategies seldom make sense, but His purposes are never thwarted.” -Levi Lusko When I was younger, my family hosted a home church or two. At one point there were at least twenty people coming every week, and it was great. But one Sunday, we cleaned the house, made food, and… no one showed up….

The Faithful Minority

*Today we have a guest post from Natalie Marie. I remember the book. I was in my late teens when I first came across and read “Paradise”, an evangelistic fictional story written by the guy who was the main speaker at the conference I was at. The story was about some college buddies who, after…