There are the books that keep coming back to me. Their pages contain sentences forever etched into the crevices of my heart. They keep piecing me together in ways I didn’t know I was broken, begging me to pull them off the shelf for the thousandth time.
Author: Mary Mad
on all the talk about self-love (this post probably isn’t what you think)
If your Instagram feed looks anything like mine, it’s often saturated with this continual theme and phrase: “self love.” It’s the anthem of our generation, and I think it’s something that causes a bit of confusion for young Christians. I hope this helps you think through this is a kind, generous, and truthful way.
pondering the new earth on a surprise snow day
Snow days in the South feel like a taste of heaven-meeting-earth, and this is a short piece about the beauty of being with God forever, inspired by a Birmingham, Alabama snow day.
how should christians respond to cancel culture?
Discipline is for the purpose of bringing someone back into right-living, and inviting them back to live in the truth; not to create a world where that person doesn’t exist just because we don’t want to deal with their mess-ups. Biblical discipline is mandated because God wants more for humanity, AND we (the Church) should want more for that person.
Misconceptions about Christianity: Christianity is about being a good person.
“Christianity is about being a good, moral person, which is achieved by following the rules of the Bible.”
Seems right, right?
Actually, no. Very wrong.
But that’s actually really good news… so let’s talk about it.
contemplating God’s unmasked face (in the season of COVID-19)
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
– i Corinthians 13:12
10 ways to support a couple who lost their original wedding to COVID-19, practically & emotionally
Losing your original wedding plan is a super sad thing, and so I wanted to write out a post on the best ways to practically and emotionally support a couple who is going through this season.
to the bride who lost her original wedding to COVID-19: yearning for a different wedding
Though I cried alone and with Kyle the entire week, I was silently criticizing myself the entire time. I shouldn’t be so shook. I should have it together. I shouldn’t be this upset. I don’t deserve to ask anything from God— I need to get it together first and stop idolizing my wedding day.I am writing this for them, and for every girl who felt silly for mourning the wedding day they had planned on and hoped for. Here are two very important things I want you to know, and I wish I had believed.
reflecting the giver: the theology of gift-giving
The giving of material things is not a promotion of consumerism; it is an expression of care, attention, and love.
how to give meaningful gifts this holiday season
I love when a gift screams “I know you well, I care about you deeply, and I’ve noticed this about you.” I spend a lot of energy trying to make my gifts do just that. I realize quality gift-giving doesn’t come naturally to most people.
With the wisdom I’ve gathered along my gift-giving journeys, I decided to put together this little guide to help you brainstorm ideas for this holiday season.