• Devotional

    6. Weary and Burdened

    “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Intellectually, I understand that this is just the beginning. Like, I get that we’ve been self-isolating for only seven days and we have a very, very long way to go. But I’m already tired, y’all. Today my four year old climbed up on our dining room table and jumped off, my almost 2 year old climbed up…

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    5. Weep

    Jesus wept. John 11:35 I’m a cryer. I can’t help it. I try not to be. I will cry at how cute my kids are, or at dog food commercials. But I’ll also have a heart cry that I can’t control. When something moves in my spirit, I can’t keep it in. I like to think of this as more than just a cry. This is weeping. Jesus wept. He wept when his friend Lazarus died. Even though he already knew the end of the story. He knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead. And even though we know the end of this story – that God is victorious…

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    4. My Refuge and My Fortress

    You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. Psalm 91: 5-7 I’m not gonna lie to you. The other night, when I read that there is a very strong likelihood that this pandemic will become endemic (meaning it will always be with us, come and go, like the common cold, but way more destructive) I cried. I had a good, built up, “this isn’t fair” cry. I wonder about my…

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    3. I Know The Plans

    “For I know the plans I have for you” – says the Lord – “plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 This has to be one of the best known scriptures, and one I cling to whenever times get tough. It is comforting to remember that God has a plan for His people, even when our current circumstances can look pretty bleak. We can be sure that He is good and that He wants to give us more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). God sent this message to the prophet Jeremiah while Israel was in exile in Babylon.…

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    2. Certainty in Goodness

    I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 No one has ever accused me of being demure. In fact, I’ve been told for most of my life that I tend towards the dramatic (I added the italics for the drama). But one of my most problematic tendencies is not having patience for God’s creation. More often than not I will look to sky and exclaim (again, dramatically) “BURN IT TO THE GROUND, LORD. THIS ISN’T WORTH IT ANYMORE!” at which point my husband will…

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    1. With You Always

    And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20b When I was young Christians were very into apocalypse movies. One Friday evening my youth group watched a movie about the rapture and I was scared out of my mind. This movie was terrifying and I thought “wait, I’m supposed to be excited about the end of the world? No thank you.” Today, it can easily feel like the end of the world. Covid-19 is scary and big and something the vast majority of us have never seen or dealt with before. It can be easy to slip into fear over faith. But Jesus…

  • Devotional

    Nineteen Devotionals

    I don’t know what the next 19 days have in store. But I do know that the whole world is thinking (and worrying) about Covid-19 and with school closures and lives disrupted, we might need 19 solid days of truth. So I am going to write Nineteen Devotionals that will aim to bring comfort, strength and peace in these weird times. If we all (myself included) turn our eyes towards Jesus and keep hoping in his promises, we could come out of this time all the more sure of the future God has waiting for us. I hope that you’ll join me! Please follow and like us:

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    Ice-Laden Death Traps and Other Spiritual Journeys

    The other morning my friend asked if we would like to join her and her kids for tobogganing and treats. We have twin families: two boys and a girl, all within months of each other. And, as God would have it, she is one of my dearest, most fun friends. So I jumped at the chance to spend time together, as I always do. I love doing life with her. To describe where we live as “flat” would be a misrepresentation. “Flat” would suggest that there is something to compare it to, like say, elevation. Literally the only hills in my city are man-made, and were usually designed to get…

  • Faith,  God,  God Made You For More,  Spirituality

    God Made You for More

    Because I’m a sucker for a theme, I’ve decided to start a blog series entitled “God Made You For More.” Women have, time and again, given up so much of themselves for things other than God’s goodness and glory. The enemy has used a million little things to distract us from what we were made to be, and it is time we stand up and say “no more”. Don’t you want to be used by the God of the universe for His purposes? If that idea doesn’t excite you, you will definitely not like this series! All I want is to do the work that God has put before me,…

  • Clinical Education,  Education,  Nursing School,  Student Nurse,  Undergraduate Education

    How To Deal With Death & Dying as a Nursing Student

    Ok, we aren’t all me (alright, that was a dumb statement). We didn’t all get into nursing to work in palliative care. But regardless of what area you end up working in as a nurse, you will encounter death and dying. So how can you handle it as a student? Not everyone is as comfortable with death as I am. Actually, the vast majority of people probably are not as comfortable with death as I am. Let’s say you are part of the 99.9% of society that has a hard time talking about, thinking about or emotionally dealing with death: how do you deal when it is a very real…