What makes you unique? What gives you joy? If you understood yourself better, do you think it could make a difference in your college studies? How about your job or better yet the relationships that matter most? Could understanding how God made you unique answer some doubts and prayers you have about your future?

Ever feel a bit overwhelmed with where you are at in life? Maybe you are stressing about your next career move? Or perhaps it’s about where you will go to school? Maybe your relationships or lack thereof? Or maybe it’s the fact that you have absolutely nothing going on at all? Whatever the reason is, I hope that maybe my story will give you a bit of encouragement.

There are times in life when everything seems to be going extremely well. Our days are bright and sunny. Our family and friends are happy and healthy. We have a great job or are doing well in school. We’re able to pay our bills on time, and there is even some money left over at the end of each month. We are experiencing a time of abundance and everything seems to be going according to “our” plan.

When the 2019 conference wound down and I finally could catch my breath, I found I couldn't sleep. In fact for the next week I didn't sleep well, constantly waking up with conversations with young adults running through my head, ideas to make 2020 special and the simmering joy of what we had experienced together. 105 attendees, most within the generation of 18-25 and a number of excellent leaders, including a group that drove 10 hours from Canada to be with us.

My daughter and I summited Picaho Peak north of Tucson, AZ earlier this month; the first time we had ever made it to the top of a legitimate climb. We had climbed to the saddle last year, but wanted to go the distance this time and took the 2 hours to get up about 1400 feet of winding, climbing, sometimes dangerous pathways to finally reach the top. All the way up we passed cacti, "trees" with tiny leaves and lots of rocks!
 
As we continued on the rather arduous route, climbed the final 100 feet, and reached the top, I was quite surprised to see...

Sometimes when we work hard to be an encouragement as a leadership team, we tend to focus on the challenges and problems that young people talk to us about. Yet there are "Seasons" to life, even in college and as a young professional. Sometimes we really do feel the anxiety, and we battle relationship pitfalls and get tackled by depression. In those seasons, we're grateful for supporters who encourage us, pray for us, and help lift us up. But what if you're in a season of exciting productivity and much of life is going your way? What if this is the season that God has made a way for YOU to be the encourager?

I don't know about you, but I have something of a love/hate relationship with Google maps. Enter the address of my destination and then roll the dice and take the gamble. It tells me there is traffic ahead and I could take this "other" way, but it never seems to work out. The traffic backup still seems a little late to be reported until I'm

Do you remember when we were kids and there was no way any of us would let a nap get in the way of a good day outside, or with friends, or doing something! Even if we were bored, most of us were not so frustrated with our boredom that we would stop to taking a time out in the middle of the day for a sleep break. And yet, many of us are finding it hard to keep our eyes open throughout the day. If it weren't for Starbucks, Collectivo, and (name your local favorite coffee you can actually afford), many of us would likely need 45 minutes of rest in the middle of the day and a nap...

People often ask me, “Why are you always so happy?” I usually answer something to the effect of, “Life is too short, so I am going to choose happiness.” Although this statement remains true in my life, after engaging in self-reflection, I realize that this statement fails to explain why I am truly and genuinely happy –

One of the challenges about being a young adult and making the turn from high school to college, or moving from a clerk job to a management job is that the leap in responsibility can sometimes be overwhelming. By Senior year in high school you knew the routines, knew the teachers, knew the school and the routes to school. For many going onto college, the shift in personal responsibility is significant. Some thrive and some... owe a lot of money by the time they are done with the college experience because they wish they had done things more responsibly. As a clerk, it's easy to think the managers don't have a clue, but then you become one and ...

November.. A month of change and thanksgiving. The last of the trees have lost their leaves and the weather has most definitely decided that it's time to think about winter. The end of the semester is also rapidly approaching for those of you in school and with the quickly approaching Christmas season, we are all finding ourselves rearranging our schedules so that we can fit everything in. But despite all the stress and change that this season brings, let us not forget the one thing that never changes...JESUS CHRIST...who has won the victory over death for us. As we all pause next week to reflect on what we are thankful for, let us also think of ways we can share God's gift of grace with others.

As Martin Luther realized the beauty God's Grace, his heart broke for the slavery that people were in. Slavery to sin, slavery to religion, slavery to self. The reality of Ephesians 2 ...

Some may say that God sent this storm to punish us, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Storms are a result of living in a fallen world. Others may question how a loving God could allow such devastation and heartache. Again, we live in a fallen world, but as I have seen unfold time and time again on TV and in person, this storm, this disaster, has made us stronger. Over this past year, our nation has been growing more and more divided. This storm has united us...

"How can we meet them face to face, until we have faces?"  I love that quote and the implications it has for us as Christians.  It's what "confession" is all about.  We take off our mask, we acknowledge the good things that we have are gifts, not rights.  We confess our failings and our utter need for help.  We speak plainly, openly, passionately, emotionally, because God is our Father, he's shown his face to us and it is not one of wrath, he showed that face to his son Jesus.  Instead, by grace through faith, we...

If you have a name... you have a box.  Have you ever felt that way?  The moment we say THIS IS WHO I AM, people try to put us in a box and even we tend to put ourselves in a box.  It is true that when we say YES to something, we said NO to a whole bunch of other things because the fact of the matter is, we can't do it all, and we certainly can't do a lot of things well at the same time.  It's also interesting...

It's a busy month, this month of May.  Final exams, projects, and thesis defenses for college students. Job searches have begun for that summer job that will earn some needed cash for the next school year.  Military assignments are being fulfilled.  High school seniors are looking forward to the next steps.  It's not just the flowers, sunshine, and warmer temps (that's debatable), LIFE is happening in ...

It's getting CLOSE!!!  You can feel the end of the semester with every day that tops out over 60 degrees and with every project that now demands your attention.  In just a few weeks it will be over and ...

A lot of athletes know that most games are played (and won) in the head even before setting foot on the court/field/etc. What you hear in your head MATTERS. What's in yours? Guest writer, Emily Krill [of MessyWorship] takes a look at a major player in the Old Testament game that NAILED the head game - Abram. 

Joining us this week from Messy Worship, Emily asks the question: Maybe you could've passed on the fruit, but what about the offer to become more GOD than MAN? Come see how Genesis intersects with your life TODAY...

The Gospel story is incomplete if we don’t carry the heart of healing into the world. This is not a "law" statement at its heart. I believe we miss out on the deepest joy and most complete realizatio...

The Gospel is more than good news.  It's personal, it demands attention and it requires action.  The Gospel is the best good message we could hope for, because the sender of that message wants you and I know where life comes from, what it is and how it lasts forever.

 

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