Faithfulness to the Craft: Sandra McCracken on Worshiping and Music

I had the opportunity to chat with one of my favorite Christian artists, Sandra McCracken, about worship, music, and ways we can pursue creativity that brings glory to Christ.

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My Journey to Pay Back Student Loans

I have a goal. With the way things have turned out in my life, the decisions I’ve made have affected my habits. For one, I’ve been writing blog posts more (yay!). I’ve also been very aware of my finances. Basically, it goes like this: 1. God 2. Family/Friends 3. Finances The hardest part about this…

A Homemade Gift

There is a gift on the wall next to my apartment door, hanging near the window, near my desk. The gift was given to me by one of my great friends, and she made the gift for me. That gift is a clock. But it’s not just a clock. My friend made the clock with a video game character…

Make a Change Today

Your choices can alter the course of your days, your life. I often go back to the thought of the hardest things in my life and wonder how I ever pulled through it. After a lot of reflection, I realized that I would either get out of the situation or avoid it altogether, because I…

Togetherness: Thoughts After Reading Ms. Marvel

After a long hiatus since beginning the new Ms. Marvel series, I finally caught up on a few issues today. My collection has grown to the point where I refuse to buy anymore comics until I’ve caught up on…well, a lot of them. I’ve been curious why this series had intrigued me from the first…

“Little Warrior”: Micro Essay

Her young daughter wore remnants of blue and green Nike’s with no socks because she disliked the way they felt. As she stepped off the trail, the soles of her shoes flopped against her heel. The strings scrapped across the dirt as she picked up a rock and chucked it into the creek. Her shoes…

First Things First: Take the Step

I just arrived back from Big Momma’s Coffee shop and I’m just amazed by how the day has gone. Honestly, there was an AHA moment close to midnight last night, thanks to a good friend of mine saying something, and I knew then that God was answering prayers. I mean, my day was full and…

The Directions He Takes Us

When God shows you what He’s been trying to tell you through the toughest of times, you have to acknowledge it, and that’s what has happened to me. With my world feeling like it’s falling apart around me, the depression sinking in very deep, the nights that I cry myself to sleep. I ask every…

A Cross Necklace

There’ something beautiful about imagery that makes you go…”Whoa…” and I will get to that soon. First, today has been one of the most uplifting days in a long time. Reflecting on questions that God has asked and thinking about myself the present time, all of the things that have passed and happened, the time I got to…

The Empty Apartment

Lately, I’ve found myself taking in sermons from both Steven Furtick and Rick Warren, trying to fill myself with the Bible, and constantly praying for guidance. In the middle of a call to my friend Tyler, I became very aware of how similar things looked around me. What I mean by this is how my…

The Work Is Already Done

This morning, I woke up and immediately felt the torture of loneliness overwhelm me at 5:45am. It was the first thought I had, and it just consumed the rest of my sleep. I couldn’t close my eyes again, and instead I turned on the Playstation and found a Steven Furtick sermon on YouTube. If anyone…

God’s Work: a Time to be Patient

Clarity is something else. When you are given it, it’s an awesome feeling. There’s a complete understanding that overtakes your body and you can’t help but smile. But there’s always a kicker; the timing. As much as I would like to say that I always have time and enjoy that time, it’s one thing that is…