We love hearing good news, especially when we’re the first to know. There’s a big difference between getting a phone call from your best friend about their pregnancy, engagement, or new job and finding out about it on Facebook. We cherish being invited to participate in the lives of the people we love instead of simply being spectators. ...

In Exodus 33 and 34, Moses wants to know God more; He wants more of God’s presence. He experiences the unimaginable blessing of meeting with God and getting a small glimpse of God’s actual physical presence....

I have been subscribing to a workout video streaming service for a while now, and one of the reasons I love and hate it is because of a mantra they always use:“Work to your edge.” They don’t mean “work to your strength” by that....

Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the promised Savior, telling the people how to recognize His coming and reminding them that God had not forgotten. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the Son of a virgin according to the line of David, a King to rule and usher in an era of peace like never before. Israel watched and waited, filled with longing and expectation for this promised Rescuer....

Every moment we are constantly creating systems in our mind that are simultaneously crashing on themselves. These systems are called expectations. They are predictions, assumptions, calculations, and hopes that we believe in—a high risk, high reward, process. The risk is high because we are vulnerable to disappointment, hurt, and sorrow. The reward is high because this creates opportunity for surprise, laughter, and joy. ...

When I think about the many things vying for my heart and attention, the use of my time, whether or not my heart is at peace, or if I just feel satisfied with where I am in life, it all boils down to one simple question: am I believing He loves me? ...

When we feel like God isn’t coming through for us on our terms, we tend to fall back to sin that feels comfortable to us. In the same way that the Israelites revert to creating something tangible to worship, we create our own gods in times when we feel disoriented. However, what would it look like if we stopped ourselves from reverting to our cyclical sin and instead reflected on God’s kindness to us? What if we reacted out of obedience rather than disregard? As we look at Exodus 32, let it serve as a reminder to walk in faithful obedience not out of duty but because of His kindness to us....

Many of us grew up with the story of Advent beginning in a stable. But, really, the story begins in a Garden, a long time before the night of Christ’s birth. When God created the world, all things were just as they should be. Creation functioned in perfect order and seamless harmony. Man walked in unbroken relationship with God, fully known and unafraid. But all that changed in an instant when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s good instruction....

One night earlier this fall, I was pulling out of a familiar parking lot on a back street tucked behind an old church. It’s the kind of road that barely sees any traffic and peels off the main road, weaving in between parking lots and stretching back into old neighborhoods. I pulled out of the parking lot, turned left, tapped my brakes at the stop sign, and turned left again....

Talk about “shaping our bodies” likely conjures up images of exercise, diet, discipline, weight lifting, and the like. Few of us would immediately think about the tongue and its power to shape our bodies, but words play a powerful role—something we must look at it if we hope to find freedom from a negative self-image....

Obeying God’s commands produces freedom, not bondage and brings life, not death; they are refreshing to the soul and give joy to those who follow Him. As we walk in obedience to Him and surrender to His direction and guidance, we are able to love others well—even our enemies....

I take my daily drive into work very seriously. I have a playlist of worship music that I listen to every morning and I make a big deal of queuing the most appropriate songs based on how my heart is feeling. The next 30 minutes are a non-stop praise fest. There is very loud (and off-key) singing, raising of hands, and sometimes crying. ...

When I was a little girl, I would put myself in timeout before I got in trouble. Seriously—ask my mom. For me, the fear of getting into trouble was worse than the punishment, so I would preemptively strike and just punish myself if I thought I had done something wrong. That’s just it—I’m usually afraid of doing the wrong thing....

Shame creeps in like a thief in the night when we least expect it, doing only what shame can do: steal our joy, make us feel unworthy, unloved, not enough, dirty, and the list goes on. It can even paralyze us if we allow it to....

The Ten Commandments instruct us to be set apart. We are to be a distinct people, living righteously and letting God reach people through us; a life set apart demonstrates a proper fear of Him and a humble response to His direction for our life....

When I first applied for Kairos in February of 2017, I could never have envisioned how the trajectory of my life would be altered. In addition, as someone who had limited exposure to Grace Church prior to this summer, I had no backdrop or context upon which to base any presuppositions or forethoughts about Kairos....

My husband and I were cast suddenly into a very difficult season of life four and a half years ago when not just one but both of his parents had major life-threatening health crises within a month of each other. It has taken a long time to be able to say this, but I am thankful that God allowed this season because it has refined both of us in unimaginable ways that we desperately needed. However, there is still plenty of work to be done in my heart....

God, in His great love and compassion for us, reminds us to set apart time to rest in His Sovereignty and remember that we are just creatures dependent on Him. While work is important and crucial to our lives in this world, our trust in God is revealed by our ability to humbly set work aside, be still, and cease....

The sin of idolatry. Sin. Such a hard line. But what is idolatry anyway? The worship of golden calves and statues, right? My life is totally free of animal worship, and gold worship, and lust for shiny things, and status, and self-honor, — wait....

College is a season in life when you have the most independence and the least responsibility. Over the past three and a half years, I’ve found that statement to be entirely true. I would suggest that you could replace the word “independence” with “energy” and keep the same validity....

As we continue to walk through the book of Exodus, we continue to be reminded of the truth that we are broken in the same ways as the Israelites. While we may not be worshiping idols in the same shape or form, we choose our own functional gods and idols to fuel our own desires every day....

There are times in my life where I’ve been a part of something really special, moments that have felt almost take-your-shoes-off holy....

Before I started my race of a day called Monday and zoomed back into the reality of American culture, I wanted to stop and share some reflections from my trip to Kenya last week.   It is a little perplexing to think that just a......

In Exodus 19:1-25, God shows fierce kindness in the way He delivers His people and draws them into a relationship with Him. Despite our brokenness, God wants to draw us to Him in the same way. Only when we recognize our need for Him can we fully recognize His great mercy in delivering us....

I led a group of high school girls for four years, and there was a time that I was sure one of them would be married before I was. I felt stuck in my singleness, and it was just a matter of time before one of my girls passed me. My last community group started with a few singles who were married in a few years. In that same group, the couples who were already married were having kids, and the ones who had kids, were having more. And there I was—always seeming to be a few phases of life behind....

On the Mary/Martha pendulum, I’m a Martha. My feet hit the floor in the morning with my to-do list filling my head, strategically thinking about how I will get all of it done as efficiently as possible. It’s how I am wired up....