Faith, Not Fear

Over the last several months–really, since I had to make a decision whether to stay in Greenville or go to Poland for a year–I’ve struggled with a lot of anxiety over the future and unknowns that this year entails, as well as the unknowns of what I will do afterward. I’m not naturally the adventurous…

Leaving Greenville

This morning I left Greenville, SC, after living and making a life there for the past nine years. Back in February when I signed my teaching contract, I knew that leaving Greenville would be hard, but I didn’t realize just how hard it would be. When I first came to Greenville for university, I was…

Moving Overseas

On Wednesday, August 9, I will be moving to Jaworzno, Poland (betweenish Krakow and Katowice) to spend a year teaching English at a dual-language immersion preschool. This has been a long time in coming–I had originally learned about the opportunity my senior year of college, about 5 years ago. Last year I seriously considered going,…

Funerals & Easter

Within the last couple of months, my church has experienced the sudden loss of three young men–a five-month-old, a twenty-one-year-old, and a twenty-three-year-old. The last two died last week, within three days of each other. This afternoon was the funeral for the twenty-three-year-old young man, my pastor’s son. As I was thinking about my pastor…

Old Ends, New Beginnings, Sovereign God

Last New Year’s, I posted the above quotation on my Instagram account. 2015 had been a heart-breakingly horrible year for me. And, let’s be honest, 2014 had also been pretty horrible, too, for related reasons. Because of the previous two years’ track record, I entered 2016 with a big breath of ‘What next?’ But even…

Jesus, Our Immanuel: Reflections on the Incarnation

1 For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have…

Advent and the Single Christian

Although I grew up in a Christian home, we didn’t observe Advent. In my particular ‘circle’ of Christianity, Advent was considered to be more of a Catholic observance. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs where everyone and their mother is Catholic, we were very sensitive to any similarities to Catholicism. However, as I’ve grown and…

Stronger Body, Stronger Mind

About this time last year, I started taking charge of something I have always hated about myself: my body. I started exercising regularly and eating like a rabbit. The first 10-12 weeks I ran once a week, and then in the summer I started running several times a week. My body started changing, but what…

God With Us, God With Me

Tonight my church’s choir presented its Christmas program, focusing on the arrival of the Messiah. As we’ve been practicing, I noticed a recurring theme–‘God is with us.’ Of course, growing up in church, I’ve always known that the name that Gabriel told Joseph and Mary to name the Child, ‘Immanuel,’ means ‘God with us.’ But…

‘Constrained by Christ’

‘Constrained by Christ’ — Written by Andy Gleiser & Greg Habegger, Arranged by Mac Lynch The Man of Sorrows died in agony, struck once by God for my iniquity. He satisfied the Father’s holy wrath and drank the bitter cup in my behalf. Constrained by Christ’s atoning sacrifice, without reserve, I offer Him my life….