The Struggle is Real: Helping Teens with Mental Health

About 20% of teens struggle with mental health. You’ve probably had a teenager who has wrestled with this, and a significant part of your youth group likely experiences some kind of mental health issue. So how can you help? The good news is that as a Youth Minister and someone walking with teens in the…

I Thought They Were the One

Having had a relationship in high school that I thought was leading to marriage fall apart, I was left feeling confused and upset. My feelings and dreams for the future were crushed as the relationship crumbled. It’s heavy and it hurts. Leaving a serious relationship can leave you lost, angry, sad, and confused on what…

Friends or Ministry?

We all have that one friend that pushes our buttons and maybe pulls us out of our comfort zones a bit. When working in ministry, it can be easy to confuse authentic friendships with those we are ministering with or to. While Christ calls us to love others, He doesn’t call us to be best…

Made for Leisure

Are you a human being, or a human doing? That might sound like a funny question but throughout our normal schedules it’s easy to jump from one task to another without really thinking about what is going on. In the hustle and bustle of life, family, and work, it is a fair question to ask…

Really? A Good God?

The other day I scrolled through instagram and stumbled upon an old picture that was recolored from black and white. When I first saw the picture I thought that it might be a picture of a young boy as the person in the photo had short hair, wore a striped shirt, had a large bruise…

Hatred and Forgiveness

On February 28th, 1944 Nazi soldiers broke into the house of Corrie ten Boom and arrested her with her entire family for hiding Jews in their family home. The Nazis sent Corrie and her sister to Ravensbrück concentration camp where Corrie’s sister died. Corrie was released from the camp and made it a mission to…

Time Well Spent During COVID-19

Life right now seems like a weird movie with so many things being closed and canceled. With more time at home, it’s tempting to binge Netflix or Hulu, or get a little stir crazy; but it’s also a chance to get creative and even pump up your prayer life. While our daily routines are up…

Evangelizing with Anxiety

In college, I remember feeling super anxious and overwhelmed at the thought of sharing my faith with other people. I remember thinking I’ll be too awkward, they’ll think I am weird, I don’t know what to say. While I slowly got less anxious about sharing my faith with new people, I realized that, despite suffering…

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

In therapy and in my own life I am always seeing the need for mindfulness and staying present in the given moment. For many of us this can be a real challenge when we are thinking of our plans for this summer, what’s for dinner tonight, or maybe regretting something that has happened in our past. For…

Praying with Anxiety and Depression

Have you ever been in adoration and thought “Why can’t I stay focused in prayer?!” Have you ever been silently praying and all of a sudden you are consumed with fear, doubt, or stress? Most people don’t like to be alone with their thoughts. If you struggle with anxiety and depression you may find it…