For the Girl Who is Hurting: A Response to 4:43

It’s a story we all know well. Girl meets boy. Boy treats girl like trash. Girl teaches boy about life. Relationship ends. Boy becomes a man. Man meets another girl. Man marries the other girl. With the release of Jay-Z’s 4:44, this scenario has been a topic of discussion on the internet. Specifically, there was an article entitled 4:43 in which a woman spoke of the pain in “doing the emotional labor of birthing men we’ll never get to have and hold.” It’s a tribute of sorts to the girls who didn’t make it to the mature man at 4:44. All …

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It’s Not Enough to Just Pray About It: How to Make Wise Decisions

With life, change is inevitable – whether by choice or forced circumstances, we are constantly making decisions. Decisions on whether or not to take a job, move to a new city, marry this person, or to pursue a certain degree program. Decisions, decisions, decisions. And oftentimes, decision making is not so black and white – it can be a decision between two seemingly good options – and it’s hard to tell which to choose. In the world, making decisions consist of doing whatever makes you happy or following your heart – very cliché terms we’ve all heard before. But what about …

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What to Pray When You Want to Be Used by God

The last 2 months have been crazy – on top of the usual of being a full-time teacher, the Lord called me to start this blog. I went from being off of social media for a year to having every social media platform you could think of. Any spare time I used to have now belonged to this blog. And if all that wasn’t crazy enough, I was admitted to the hospital TWICE in the last month (once for a blood transfusion – that’s a whole different story!) To say I needed a break was an understatement. So this weekend, …

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Is God Changing Your Plans?

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 If you would have asked me in college what my plans were, I would have said something like this: I was going to graduate with a business degree, obtain a prestigious corporate job, meet a nice guy, get married, buy a house, have kids, and somewhere in the middle of all of this climb the corporate ladder to a 6-figure salary. I had big plans for my life! And in every way, I was headed in that direction. After college, I obtained a …

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10 Things I Learned in 27 Years

Last week (March 8th to be exact) I turned 27! Since then, I’ve had time to reflect on my life and all that the Lord has done for me over these years. So I compiled a list (in no particular order) of the top 10 things I’ve learned over my 27 years: The best thing I could (or you could ever do) is to truly follow Christ – not halfway, not kind of sort of follow Him – but really follow Him. Doing our best to live a life worthy of the Gospel. Learn to forgive. Forgive those who have …

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