The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18

Why, my soul are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, 
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you.
Psalm 42:5-6


Doodling during Ichthus=REVELATIONS!

Okay, seriously God, you are funny and awesome.

Today i was cleaning off my desk and was looking at some notes from Ichthus that i jotted down a few weeks ago... now, i am a doodler. i doodle no matter what.
Today the Lord used my doodle to speak to me!!!

For some reason i had written out this:
And it had a box around it.

Come! i know, so simple.
i know, i already know this!
But recently, i can't explain it... it's been hard to approach the Lord.
So i laughed to myself when i read this and i'm thanking God for His grace.

My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth ... They give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:11-13

He already fought death for me.
Ahhh... i am refreshed.

So Jesus, thanks for letting me doodle in Ichthus... just don't tell John Schwartz


 The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you. . . 
Deut. 7:7-8

This is what i need right now.
i need to know that the Lord loves me.
When i mess up, He loves me.
When i am struggling to find joy, He loves me.
Not because of ANYTHING i have done but because He sees "redeemed" written all over me. 

The Lord is faithful and i have to remember this.
He is SO forgiving even when i feel like i can't even lift my eyes to Him.
Thank you, Jesus!!!


Wedding in October. No, not mine!

so i'm headed to a wedding of a good friend this weekend...
it's going to be at a state park in Missouri
and it's going to look a little like this.

i have a feeling it's going to be the most beautiful wedding i've ever been to. Wanna know why?

1. i love, love, love autumn.
2. i REALLY love weddings.
3. Being outside is in the list of top 5 favorite things ever.
4. i really love doing things with my good friends.

People, when #1, #2, # 3 and #4 are combined. . . well, it doesn't get much better than that.


This is the gospel i am called to share and to live:

"You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor
You laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore
When You could just be silent and leave us here to die
Still, You sent Your Son for us
You are on our side"
-Bethany Dillon

This is a picture of the fourteener that I've had the privilege of 
climbing three times.
At the peak of this mountain is where
i've had some really cool conversations with God.
i can't wait to go back. 
-Mt. Sneffels-