Find Your People

You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and roadtrips, airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that person to someone else; a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things. – Jamie Tworkowski The first year of…

11 Things I’ve Learned from BB&B

A few days ago, a friend made a comment about this blog and all that I’ve written here. I told him that it was almost exactly two years ago that I decided to start broken beloved and beautiful – an addition, rather than subtraction, to my life for the season of Lent. I said it…

On Austin, Jesus and Greeks

As so many of you know, I’m currently living in Austin and going to school at the University of Texas. I was raised in the church, surrounded by friends who knew Jesus, and told throughout my senior year (by people who don’t really know me or my heart) that moving here was going to radically change…

Fitting In

Today, I read a blog post entitled Trendy Christianity that talked about our current Christian culture. The author talks about the exclusive club that Christianity, especially in our teenage and college years, has become – and it’s because of us. This post broke my heart. Not because it’s wrong, not because it paints Christians in a…

How College is Going *for reals*

Before I start, I have something to say to whoever is reading this right now: For a long time, I’ve felt crushed by this blog. I try to say what I think, but I always end up making it too long or too wordy or too “smart” sounding. That’s why, when it comes time to…

Jesus Wants You – Not the You That You Wish You Were

We have a comparison problem. If you don’t believe me, let’s start small. 1. Possessions Think about something you want. Why do you want it? Is it because it’s going to add value and meaning to some part of your life, or because you saw someone else with it and HAD to have it? We…

Let go and get going

Be still. It’s my lock screen. It’s one of the better known verses of the Bible. It’s every Christian college student’s excuse for napping instead of studying. It’s how we are instructed to slow down. But is it a way we’re meant to live? Imagine:  never walking, running, twitching; never dancing; never laughing; never blinking; never breathing….

Dear Class of 2016 (part 2),

This is it. College is a month away. It’s the time for packing and planning and figuring out exactly when you have to say your goodbyes. By now, you’ve been to Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond more times than you’d like to admit (and let’s not even talk about the price tag). You have…

Pursue Me

Lord, pursue me. In a time of change and anxiety and weakness, chase my heart and capture it.  Wake me with a beautiful sunrise and hot cup of coffee.  Bring me sunny days and starry nights surrounded by joyful people.  Remind me that I am beautiful when I look in the mirror each day.  Let…

Do Good

My child, Why do you fret about the days to come when I have laid them out perfectly to work for the good of those that I love? Why do you worry about passing your test when you know that you’ve studied all that you can? Why does your stomach turn before you compete, but…

Kind is the New Pretty

The alarm clock goes off for the fourth time. As much as you’d like to stay in bed, you know that it’s time to wake up and get ready to face the day. First, you stretch out all your negativity. You go to the bathroom, stand in front of the mirror and brush wisdom onto…

To the Person I Used to Be

I hope you’re happy. I hope this is one of those times that you’re content with how everything is going and your relationship (whichever one it is) is in a good place and maybe, just maybe, you’re loving yourself. I hope your friends are being nice to you and building you up. I hope you’ve…