When You Notice a Need, Act On It With Love

Two strangers on the road taught me an invaluable lesson once.  One of them was a ragged and poor old man sitting on the side of the road with an unruly grey beard, clothes tattered and smeared with dirt, skin shriveled and aged, and eyes too far away for me to perceive a certain color but…

We Have Forgotten True Thanksgiving (And How To Remember It Again)

When President Abraham Lincoln declared a day of Thanksgiving in October of 1863, America was intensely involved in the Civil war. The war ravaged the land, the people were increasingly divisive, and despair gripped the hearts of many. Innumerable soldiers had died, thousands of children were fatherless, wives newly widowed, brothers and sisters and daughters…

Serving To Give, Not To Get

I chose to write a blog series on the shaping of a servants heart, while God is at this very moment shaping mine. A few weeks ago, he brought to my attention a selfish desire that often lingered in secrecy when I served others. I wanted people, specifically my family, to say ‘thank you’ when…

Why I Considered Giving Up As a Young Writer, But Didn’t

Just a note, we’ll get back to the Shaping of a Servants Heart series next week. Until then, here is something God laid on my heart to share with you this week.  One year ago, I considered doing something every writer, young or old, has done or at least thought about—giving up. With the pressures of…

Small Things: How They Shape Us In Servanthood

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”  You’re probably familiar with this quote, and the man behind this simple yet profound message — Admiral William H. Mcraven. In his commencement address to graduates at the University of Texas, William Mcraven, a retired and decorated navy SEAL, was determined to…

Does God Need Us To Serve Him?

Does God need us? And perhaps of more importance as we learn about having a servants heart in our new series, does God need us to serve him? A quick answer to this would be: no. God has no needs; therefore, he doesn’t need us. But to leave you with this statement would be to leave you…

Parents Do Hard Things Too (And 4 Ways Teens Can Pray for Them)

Have you ever wondered how you can pray for your Christian parents? Me too. And that’s why I wrote an article about it. Read Parents Do Hard Things Too (And 4 Ways Teens Can Pray for Them) here. P.S. The Shaping of a Servants Heart series will be back next Thursday. Until then, friend! By His…

Summer 2018

What a summer! Here’s a glimpse into the past four months of my life: Writing, writing, writing There has been so much writing this summer. I’ve written one article every month, and I’m trying my best to stretch this to two. God is so faithful and kind to meet me as words meet the paper. To…

Introducing: The Shaping of a Servants Heart

“Are you serving God?” Gosh, I hope so. I haven’t ended world-hunger or prayed with someone as they gave their life to Jesus today, but I want to serve God. I try. We over-complicate serving God so much that these words — “am I serving God?” — are accompanied with guilt. But we’ve missed the point. Serving God isn’t…

5 Books Every Teenager Should Read

Here are five books that have challenged me to the core and given me, as a teenager, a deeper yearning for Christ. I share them with the confidence that they will do the same for you! (1. Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (2. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (3. The Holiness of God by R.C….