steps taken

down but not out

I hate that phrase. “Down but not out.” Not entirely— but when you are down and you hear that phrase it just feels a bit snobby and unnecessary to be told. Of course, everyone has their own feelings on this phrase as either optimists or pessimists, but I think my views just varies depending on … Continue reading down but not out

grown up

Peter was my least favorite disciple when I was a kid (we’re not counting Judas in this, it’s for the drama). He was constantly asking questions and messing up and just being bold with his choices in front of Jesus. I mean— come on, it just seems kind of…rude? Right? I remember the morning I … Continue reading grown up


“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24, ESV Okay—I don’t know if you have ever read the ENTIRE book of Lamentations (I … Continue reading Immanuel


But now thus says the LORD,he who created you, O Jacob,he who formed you, O Israel:“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name, you are mine.When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;when you walk through fire you shall not be … Continue reading flashback

oil paint

Bible Quiz. Two words that would strike fear in the minds of every student 3rd-12th grade who goes to LTC (Leadership Training for Christ) and attends a Church of Christ in the general area of North Texas. Okay—joke. BUT—there were some incredible memories that came with the blessed time that was LTC, churches would come … Continue reading oil paint

the Journey continues

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring In about 4 days I will come to the anniversary of my first … Continue reading the Journey continues


Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. Mr. Rogers I LOVE watching movies, unpacking stories … Continue reading mentionable

camp out

Me and my best friend, Tyler, camped at his grandparents ranch when we were about eight years old or so. Now, when I say “camped” we were maybe twenty yards from his grandparents front door in a tent. So, not exactly camping by normal standards. But—we were so pumped to have this “guys night” and … Continue reading camp out

prayers for..

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that … Continue reading prayers for..