The Long Walk to New Life

The Long Walk to New Life

In a recent post, I wrote about how Jesus makes some awkward or weird decisions. Returning to that theme, I want to lean into Jesus' taboo decisions.

What Type of Surface are You?

What Type of Surface are You?

When you receive amazing, life transforming, new information, what is your response? Do you fully and gladly receive the information, or do you repel it?

The Audacity to Ask

The Audacity to Ask

I have three kids. Three awesome, rambunctious and charismatic boys. These kids are my life, even if I don't always show it, because these boys push me to my limit. Even still, it is easy for them to get whatever they want from me.

The Weird Choices of Jesus

The Weird Choices of Jesus

Can you imagine being in Jesus' inner circle? Here's some perspective:

Imagine not being picked for the pick-up games on the schoolyard. Then failing out of seventh grade. Then being stuck in an occupation that you didn't love but was your fate, since that was your family business.

The Way Maker

The Way Maker

Jesus is interesting. There are some times when He seems to deflect answers when He is being asked questions. Then, there are other times when he tackles them head-on.

Late to the Game

Late to the Game

Have you ever felt late to the game?

I remember traveling with my parents as a kid. I was 8 years old and I insisted on carrying something onto the plane. My dad gave me his cassette tape holder that resembled his briefcase.

The Confusion is Part of the Awe

The Confusion is Part of the Awe

Recently, I have felt challenged and convicted by some things I've reread in the Bible. God must be trying to teach me something because I have wrestled with even the foundational concepts of my faith.

The Darkness Around Us

The Darkness Around Us

"For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" - 2 Corinthians 6:14b

This verse jumped out to me as I was scanning the Bible searching for an unrelated text. It got me thinking about my own life. Where do these opposing factors, light and dark, try to find common ground in my life?

4 Ways to Create More Positive Encounters

4 Ways to Create More Positive Encounters

Last week, I shared a post about attitude. I shared that when we encounter others, we can choose to give life or suck the life out of the party through our attitudes. In this post, I want to share with you strategies to turn even the most mundane encounters into positive experiences that give life.

Sucking the Life out of the Party

Sucking the Life out of the Party

I recently found a picture of me around the age of 13 or 14 standing outside of my parents house with my arms crossed. I looked, well, cross.

My mind tracked back to figure out what was wrong with me that day.

Crazy how in one moment my mood was high--reminiscing on the good ole’ days and when I came across that picture, I was brought to a somber state.

The Escape Hatch

The Escape Hatch

Over the years I’ve developed a habit. It's more of a complex, to be honest. If I am in a restaurant or in a public place, I always have to sit facing the entrance/exit.

Not only that, but when I walk into an unfamiliar place, I always scan to locate the exit signs and the easiest place to escape in the event of a situation.

Can you blame me?

The Cost of Joy

The Cost of Joy

Crowds look on. The accused has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. The jury did not take long to deliberate. Actually to be honest, this wasn’t a jury at all.

Crowds look on. The accused has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. The jury did not take long to deliberate. Actually to be honest, this wasn’t a jury at all.

In But Not Of

In But Not Of

I'll start this post off with the quote that sparked my thinking:

"From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."

There's Always a Lesson

There's Always a Lesson

I heard one of the best quotes the other day...

"From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."

In the Grand Scheme of Things

In the Grand Scheme of Things

Recently, my in-laws' vehicle was burglarized and two of my journals were stolen. I had a journal for each of my sons and had written in them each day for the past two years. I had a pretty dramatic meltdown. All of those memories were gone. Little moments that I could only recall once I reread my entries. Vacations. Birthdays. Holidays. Milestones. Everything my life had been for the past two years (a mom) was recorded in those books, and they were gone.

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Continuing our guest writer series, the Relevant Blog features stay-at-home-mom and military wife, Bailey Flores. Bailey studied dance at Texas State University and currently lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, where her husband, Adam, is a Series Commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Bailey and Adam have four children: Xavier, Eliza, and twins, Phoebe and Piper.

Running Toward the Danger

Running Toward the Danger

The other day, my sons and I went on a walk around the neighborhood. I pushed them in a stroller as we enjoyed the brisk fall air.

Plugged In

Plugged In

Have you ever thought you were doing everything right and things still didn't turn out the way they were supposed to?