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....

In Exodus 18, we find Moses trying to care for his people alone. Jethro, his father-in-law, steps in to provide wisdom and advice on how to best take responsibility and care for others in the way that God calls us to....

When you first enter college it feels like a never-ending season—as if those four years will last forever. Graduation seems a lifetime away as your attention narrows in on classes, organizations, and new relationships. Then one day you find yourself walking across a stage to receive your diploma, and all of a sudden you are uprooted from the place that has become your home and the people who have turned into your family. The future has never seemed so overwhelmingly grand and unknown as you step into a new career, city, marriage, or whatever change encompasses this overall new season of life....

The summer after I graduated college I did two things that challenged me in very positive ways. One was spending ten days in Tanzania, Africa, where I encountered true joy and thankfulness in a way I’d never seen before. The third world is an incredible place to learn about gratitude. The second was reading through a stack of books I had been collecting since my high school graduation. The books were about a wide variety of things, but one of the topics was thankfulness....

Our words—they can bring life or death to another person, encouragement or discouragement. Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue can bring life or death; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." ...

It is natural for us to want to distance ourselves from the Israelites. However, we find that Exodus 16 reveals the condition of the human heart—hearts that forget, cling to nearer idols, run to comfort, and doubt God’s provision even in the face of His work. Although we look to other things to provide for us, in Him we have everything we need....

At the end of living in Allendale for six weeks during the summer, I was more than eager to return to Greenville. I had forgotten what life was like to have Target within 20 minutes of your home and to have more than three options for a dinner out, so I was excited to re-discover what this life outside of rural, small-town South Carolina was all about....

“As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them.” —Exodus 14:10. I’m not going to lie: if I stood where the Israelites were standing, pressed between the sea and the mountains (both equally impassable) and saw the Egyptian army surging toward me in their chariots with swords flashing, I would panic too. I certainly would not want to be the guy at the back of the crowd. ...

I am a person who values truth. I cannot stand being lied to. I believe the best relationships are built on honesty and it is one of my goals in life to be as honest as I can possibly be. All of that being said, I lie....

Throughout our lives, God continually shows us our need for Him by putting us in situations that challenge our control, and our response to uncertainty reveals the condition of our faith. ...

Amid a trial or a difficult season, it can be challenging to remember the Lord’s faithfulness. When I feel like I am struggling or being tempted, my initial response seems to sound more like, “God, where are you? Why are you being silent?” rather than taking a moment to pause and reflect on the past faithfulness of the Lord....

I’m not a rescuer. Never have been—or at least I didn’t think I was. My parents didn’t rescue. They were “we pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps” kind of people and they raised my sister and me to be the same way....

The exodus is the Old Testament picture of the cross for us. The Israelites, once slaves of the Egyptians, are freed from slavery, lavished in riches, and prepared to reconstitute their identity as a new nation. Despite Pharoah’s attempts to thwart God’s promise to rescue the Israelites, God’s faithfulness cannot be frustrated, and His promises never fail....

Discipline has never been my forte. I prefer to identify as free-spirit driven, or self-control challenged. I’m not one of those crazies like my best friend who pops eagerly out of bed at 5:30am when someone suggests a 10-mile jog (Why would you do that yourself?). Or my husband who has the work ethic of an Amish plough horse. When he wants to do something, he decides to do it. And then does it. And he keeps doing it. Until it’s done....

I am not a gamer. I wish I were just being self-deprecating, but I've been telling my brother for years that I think there's some brain connection that allows you to work a controller, and I was not born with it....

Confession: I’m horrible with directions. And when I say that, I mean, horrible. Like, my-GPS-is-my-lifeline kind of horrible. There have been a few times when I have pulled over on the side of the road because my vision was blurred with actual tears welling up because I had, in a rush of ambition, tried to drive somewhere without using my GPS and ended up 30 minutes in the opposite direction of my destination. It’s a little ridiculous and embarrassing, but it’s a true story; I’m no stranger to disorientation....

Because we serve a benevolent, kind, and all-wise King, justice is served in His sovereignty and perfection. We are freed from carrying the weight of this broken world because He has already stepped in to make it right on our behalf. Trusting in Him as the perfect Lamb of God brings salvation and deliverance from sin....