How to Know God More

Have you ever known someone for a while, gotten comfortable with them, and stopped getting to know them? You gave up digging deeper. You quit asking questions. You assumed that you already knew all that you needed to know. But humans are complex. Even though we may give up getting to know someone, you could spend a lifetime studying another human. Suddenly the person you thought you knew may do something that surprises you. If Continue reading …

The Quiet of Living Alone

My roommate moved out on Valentine’s Day. We hugged goodbye and promised to see each other again. Friends have asked me what it’s like having the place to myself now. The truth is the apartment feels too big and too quiet without her. It sometimes feels like my friends who live with family or roommates envy the quiet. There are advantages to living alone, of course. The place stays cleaner. No one steals scoops of Continue reading …

Comfortable with Confusion

Even though I’ve lived in Spain for a year, there are still times that I do not understand what is happening around me. This may surprise you if you have never lived in a foreign country. While I’ve learned a lot over the past year, there is still much more that I do not know. It’s possible, as a foreigner, there may be things that I will never know or understand. The other day I Continue reading …

Trust God’s Promises, Not People’s

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” If you’ve been in church for a while, you probably recognize Proverbs 3:5. It’s a favorite inspirational verse. It tells us God has everything in control even when we don’t see it. He has a plan even when we don’t know what it is. How many times have we heard in church sermons, Bible studies, and our private devotionals Continue reading …

I Chose a Word for 2019

Some people have a New Year tradition of choosing a word of the year. If you are not one of these people, the way it works is you pick a word to focus on and guide your decisions throughout your coming year. It’s best to keep it simple. A few suggestions could be “family,” “joy,” or “confidence.” Your word should be something you can apply in daily life. Honestly, I’ve never participated in this tradition. Continue reading …

How Perfectionism Kills Progress

In less than two months, my language partner has already figured me out. We meet every week to learn each other’s languages. She corrects my Spanish, and I help with her English. I have taken various Spanish classes since I was 13 years old, so I know a lot about Spanish and how it works. But over time I have realized that fluency has become less to do with the technical details and more about Continue reading …

A Fresh Start

  Two years ago, I thought I would finally fulfill a long-time dream and create an official author website. I had a blog before. But it didn’t feel professional enough. I wanted a landing page to launch my writing career and be seen. It seemed the right thing to do. So I made the website. I chose a catchy title, got the domain, and paid for the web hosting service.  I invested who-knows-how-many hours designing Continue reading …