Reads & Writes

All my most recent musings concerning all things Jesus, theology, society, the Church, and living life to the fullest.

Simply Holy

Life is really quite a mess, isn’t it? If anyone claims it is not a messy thing, I’m inclined to believe they have been very much shut up in their own minds–but minds are messy, too, so I’m not in any way confident of how an individual might find themselves looking at where and who…

Success and Eternity

I find myself thinking often of how strange life is. Our plans are wildly unreliable and the world is the most unpredictable place. A lot of my life has been built around what’s next–what job, what classes, what city–and things hinge so greatly on what I think my next step should be. Now, granted, I…

Staked on the Goodness of God

We love to sing about how good God is. Our worship, most quoted Bible verse, and prayers for one another are saturated with reminders that God is Good. And He is–He is incomparably and incomprehensibly Good. He is so Good that we cannot wrap our minds around it–so good we cannot begin to imagine how…

The Freedom of Gratitude

The New Year brings up a lot of different things for a lot different people, and especially this year, the overwhelming changes involved in many of our traditions and routines has put somewhat of a damper on our ability to embrace gratefulness. It has become increasingly difficult to find gratitude in the midst of difficulty…

Fear, Change, and God’s Steady Foundation

With the semester coming up quickly and life, like the adult on my own kind of life, quickly approaching, I’ve noticed myself slowly beginning to return to patterns of anxiousness that come along with the routine of classes and strict schedules while also looking toward the unknown that comes with college graduation. And I’ve been…

The Tension and Contentment of Singleness

There are quite a few ways to kick off a new year, especially one that is following probably the worst year (or one of the worst years) most of us have ever had. And as I bubbled in my bullet journal mood tracker for day one of this January, I filled in the little square…

Awe & Idols

I think we could use a lot more awe in our life. Jaw-dropping, “wow I can’t believe it” kind of awe. The kind of awe that makes us rethink everything—all of our self-centered decisions and all the moments we have acted less than gracious to those around us. The kind of awe that makes us…

You Are Not the Main Character

We really like being the hero—we love to think we are the hero to our own stories, the main character, the big show, the one in the limelight. Even if you tend to be more reserved, there is this longing to matter in the eyes of others. But part of the very foundation of the…

Unextraordinary

Stillness and quiet and just far away enough that the echoing cries of pain from a girl in labor don’t reach the ears of those just inside the town. A completely unextraordinary night. A completely regular, no-one-knew-this-was-breaking-400-years-of-silence kind of night. A still night, a calm night, a shepherds-only-knew night. Nothing at all important as far…

Where There is Wisdom

I have been craving Wisdom. Everything I’m seeing everywhere has two incredibly strong opposing opinions screaming that the “other” are evil and inhumane for believing what they do. Everything is divided, and I have become especially anxious about it in the last few weeks. So, last night, I deleted Twitter and TikTok because my emotions…

The Christmas Story: the Faithfulness of Joseph

“And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream… When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took…

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else. 

C.S. Lewis

I’m simply interested in what is going to happen next.

Kurt Vonnegut