May 5 May is by far the busiest month for our family. And this year, we’ve added some significant events to the calendar. I’m graduating high school, my sister (Leanna) is planning a wedding (!), and we’re headed West for a family trip. These are exciting times—busy times. My days are brimming with plans and … Continue reading A Prayer for the Busy Person
People have disliked Monday morning for decades. Today, we take it a step further with coffee mugs and t-shirts and ball caps to broadcast our complaints. Wake me when it’s Friday. I don’t do Mondays. Coffee and dogs and weekends. The message is clear: Weekends are fun. Mondays (and Tuesdays and Wednesdays) aren’t. But like … Continue reading Don’t Worship the Weekend
This article was first published on the Rebelution blog, where you can read it in its entirety. If my generation woke up, we’d realize we’re being treated like babies. The world is coddling us with low expectations, stroking our flesh and rocking us into lethargy. We’re being spoon-fed the tasty lies that we don’t need … Continue reading Teenager, It’s Time to Wake Up and Join the Battle
If her teen years were an ocean, then Gia felt “adrift.” Years before our paths met and God wove the strands of our lives together, my friend Gia wrestled hard against her sin. “Right as I was getting into my teen years was when I realized how depraved my sin nature actually was,” she said. … Continue reading Living Intentionally as a Young Person: Gia Mesz
February 17 Instead of piling their gold together for a calf to worship, the Israelites willingly gave rings, brooches, earrings, and armlets toward the Lord’s Tabernacle in Exodus 35. It was a group effort. Men of artistry crafted the gold into instruments. Women of skill spun blue, purple, and scarlet yarns into curtains. Every contributor … Continue reading How Are You Using Your Talents?
This article was first published on The Rebelution blog, where you can read it in its entirety. It’s usually easy to live as a set-apart Christian teen on Sunday morning. We’re quick to conquer the church checklist: Wake up. Read Scripture. Go to church. Read more Scripture. Listen to a sermon. Talk to Christian friends … Continue reading Don’t Leave Your Christianity at Church
January 6 Happy new year, friends! It feels like months since I last posted, and I’m thrilled to be back at blogging. As I study my calendar and dig school books back out, I’m transitioning from holiday to work mode. It’s good to be back on schedule, especially since my life is shifting this month … Continue reading Habits to Cultivate in 2019
December 2 As I’ve thought more about contentment lately, especially with Christmas approaching, a song came to mind. It’s called Simple Living (A Rich Young Man) by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The song narrates two instances where Jesus addresses wealthy men and the worthlessness of riches. My favorite verse is the third one, which poetically … Continue reading A Song for Contentment