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Setting Yourself Up to Win in 2018

There is always something special about the New Year. It signifies a clean slate – a chance to start over, to try again, to do things a little bit differently than before. While the unknown typically tends to be scary territory, there is just something about a new year that brings hope instead of a sense of foreboding. And I’m all here for it. You will hear a lot of people say, ‘Here we go again with the new year resolutions!’ as they roll their eyes with disdain. Please feel free to ignore them ( and if you are one of such people, I still love you all the same). There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting up goals and dreaming for a new year; I seriously question the passion of people who DON’T go into a new year with new goals and visions. Timing is important when it comes to…

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The Two Most Dangerous Prayers You Should Be Praying

The two most powerful – and most dangerous – prayers you can pray as a Christian are ‘Use me.’ and ‘Your will, Lord, not mine.’ These two declarations are like lighting the fuse on a 4th of July fireworks display; you’re not quite sure what the exact timing of the explosion will be, but it has the potential to be both fatal to self and glorious in execution. Growing up I always found myself drawn to the words of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s song, ‘Use Me’: I remember a story in the Bible days You took a man called Moses with a rod in his hand You told Moses, “Take the rod in your hand, stretch it forth and walk on dry land” If You can use anything Lord, You can use me I remember a story, I remember it well He took a shepherd boy, David, with a sling…

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What to Do With Your High Standards

Anyone old enough to have had any sort of life experience will tell you that you will get to a certain point in your mid-to-late 20s where people around you will begin to question your life choices – that is if they haven’t already. Questions will range from the timing of your masters and eventual PhD degree, to the number of kids you plan on having, and the exact number of years you plan on having between them. If you happen to, like me, fall into the category of ‘still single’ during these blessed years, the situation will spiral downwards fairly quickly. Your parents’ narrative will go from, ‘Focus on your studies’, and ‘Don’t waste your time with boys who will waste your time’ to ‘Stop being so picky’ in the blink of an eye, and without any forewarning whatsoever. One moment, they loved you and wanted your well-being, and…

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Why You’re Not Talking About Jesus (And How To Get Over It)

Evangelism. Let me start off by saying how much I dislike the word – not because I dislike the act in and of itself, but because I hate the imagery it has come to incite: people standing on street corners, condemning people of their sin and calling down hellfire on them unless they repent and turn to Jesus. I think that we can agree that often evangelism has not been the church’s greatest strength (slavery, anyone?), but the heart of it is still important and relevant for us as Christians today, so I will use the word anyway and ask that you please refrain from gagging at its mention. However which way you feel about the imagery, and how it has been used historically, evangelism, at its heart, is important for every believer. You don’t find the secret to eating everything you want and not gaining weight and keep it…

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The Problem with Loving Life

Over the weekend my friends Angellah, Nana and I got into a discussion about materialism. Basically, it wasn’t so much about whether or not Christians should be wealthy or have nice things, but about where the thin line between enjoying God-given wealth and materialism lies, and how we can make sure we’re not crossing it. Closer to the end of the discussion I voiced something that’s been on my heart for about a week now – something I’ve personally been struggling to come to terms with – and the moment I voiced it, I knew it was something I’d have to really process and come to terms with for myself: The love of life can and will distract you from the love of God. If you follow me on social media, or happen to know me personally, you know I love life. I love travel, and eating, and shopping, and…

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Come Dirty

You know how you can randomly just be doing something, and suddenly a memory that was locked away in the recesses of your brain rushes to the surface, and you find yourself piecing together all the events, not entirely sure what you’re replaying is actually a memory until you do? And then you burst out laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of the reality? That was me yesterday when I remembered a time when one of my friends was really sick. I know, I know – it doesn’t sound funny, but I assure you it was. It was a random day when said friend called asking if I had any malaria medicine. It just so happened I did (because my dad is more cautious than I, and always requires that I take anti-malaria meds back with me whenever I visit), so I rushed over to his, along with our other friend,…

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The Three Most Important Lessons This Year Has Brought Me So Far

God is who He is, and will be who He will be, and not who you want Him to be or expect Him to be in any given season. He is not confined to your perception of Him, or of how He operates. As much as God doesn’t allow us to get comfortable in our seasons, He also doesn’t allow us to get comfortable in our knowledge of Him or how He functions, because then we’d become more confident in our own routines and processes of hearing from/receiving from/connecting with God, than in God Himself. There was a time in my life when I would wake up at 4:30 every morning and spend time with God before heading to the gym and starting my day off. For a long time, I grieved over my inability to maintain this habit when things in my life changed – new job, new responsibilities,…

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To Everyone Struggling With Their Faith…

I have to apologize – on behalf of myself and anyone else who ever made this Christian faith thing seem like a walk in the park. It isn’t always one. I felt like I should write this to you because I know sometimes it can be lonely feeling like you’re the only one who can never get it right or do right. I know how much guilt you probably feel not living up to what you know God expects from you, and frankly, a lot of what you’ve come to expect from yourself. This is me asking – pleading with you – to be gentle with yourself. Give yourself Grace. Ever tried tightrope walking? I haven’t. But I’m sure any circus acrobat will tell you that while it may look effortless, walking the straight and narrow is never easy and, in fact, takes years and years of practice and discipline…

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