• Thoughts on Writing

    Bad Writing is Better Than No Writing

    I knew this would happen when I committed to blogging for 100 days. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. It’s not that I’m out of ideas, I still have plenty roaming around in my head, it’s just that I’m out of the motivation or inspiration to put them on my page. Today I am writing and publishing a blog post. It’s not a good one but it means that I am still writing, and that’s better than not writing.

  • Thoughts on Life

    Encourage One Another

    Compliments are a big deal to me. Although words of affirmation aren’t one of my top love languages I still love receiving words of encouragement and affirmation from others. I think all of us do if we’re honest. Words can build up or they can tear down and we often don’t realise the length of impact our words can have, whether positive or negative. In fact, being a person who encourages others can go far in being a light to the world. People are attracted to positive, encouraging, joyful people. In following the biblical principle of putting off something and putting on another to replace it, we should be replacing…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Lord Use My Personality

    I was sitting at the table at my friends house, old enough now to be considered one of the adults but not quite old enough to be part of the central conversation. I was on my best behaviour, because my friend just happens to be the pastor’s daughter and her guests just happened to be missionaries who were visiting for lunch. In the middle of dessert, the missionary wife turned to my friend and complimented her on her gentle and quiet spirit and how she had such a calm way about her. I smiled, all the while thinking two things: 1. that was such a missionary thing to say, no…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Follow Me as I Follow Christ

    When I was 14 years old I went on a camp that I didn’t want to go on. It was a Christian camp with a bunch of people I didn’t know. I had been saved for several years by that stage but had just begrudgingly moved to a new church and was not very happy with God. I went on the camp to please my parents but I was completely determined to not have fun. On the fourth night of the five day camp I dedicated my life to the Lord and it changed me. I made the commitment that whatever God wanted me to do with my life I…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Elijah and Self Care

    When I was in Bible college one of my professors read us the following passage of Scripture: “(Elijah) went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, ’It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life for I am no better than my fathers’. And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Arise and eat’. And he looked, and behold, there at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay…

  • Thoughts on Books

    Audiobooks and How I Reach My Reading Goals

    I have always been an avid reader. In fact, I have no recollection of not being able to read. By the time I was four I could read picture books with ease and by the time I was six I was visiting the library daily. When I was 14 years old, I dislocated my elbow and I was unable to hold up a book. During that time, someone was kind enough to recommend the free audiobook service Librivox to me. Librivox is an audiobook service for books in the public domain. I listened to Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Jack and Jill, Little Women, Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Sense and…

  • Thoughts on Writing

    Just Keep Writing

    When I was a little girl I dreamed of reaching the world with my writing. At the time I wasn’t necessarily thinking about reaching them with the Gospel, that came later, I just wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling or Enid Blyton or Roald Dahl. When I was 16 I started moving towards that goal. I started a blog (that I have since discontinued), I wrote newsletters for my family and friends, I wrote articles that I submitted to big Christian sites, and I dabbled in writing devotionals. At the same time I never felt like non-fiction was the thing that I wanted to pursue. I wanted to write…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Life’s Juggling Act

    Recently life has felt somewhat crazy. Between work, ministry, family and studying I sometimes feel like I don’t have enough time to get everything done. Prioritising has been difficult but necessary and so I have unfortunately let my writing slip and I haven’t published on this blog on over three months. In the juggling act that is life, the ball that I allowed to drop was my writing. This is not the first time that I have allowed my writing to take a back seat and last time it happened I didn’t write for close to a year. I don’t want that to happen again as writing is important. In…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Why I Serve at Youth Group

    Every Friday night I volunteer at my church’s youth group. This involves a few different jobs. I help with the general admin for the youth. I also help them track their quiet times and memory verses so that they can earn their scholarships for Word of Life Camp at the end of the year. On top of this, I lead a small group of girls whom I try and help apply the weekly lesson to their daily lives. I talk to teenagers and make a fool of myself, plan games or ice breakers. While doing all these things I try to have the biggest possible impact on their lives that…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Love Like Jesus Loves

    I just want to remind you that Jesus loves you more than you can begin to comprehend. Your worth is found in Him. He is shaping you and making you stronger (even if you feel weak right now). You are so valued by Him that He died for you while you were still His enemy and He made you His child. I also want to remind you to help others know they are loved and cherished. Don’t be afraid to message that friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while and remind them that you value their friendship. Life is short and only the Word of God and the…