Why I’m a Believer: Nikki’s Story

Nikkis story of faith

After posting my “Why I’m a Believer” story, I invited others to share their stories and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how God has worked in the lives of people around me. Over the last month or so, I’ve shared Carrie’s Story as well as David’s Story. Today we’ll hear the story of David’s wife, Nikki. Nikki’s story: When I was a little girl, my grandmother took care of me while my parents worked. She has the purest, {Read More}

9 Pieces of Advice I’d Give My Younger Self

9 Pieces of Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

Recently my aunt asked me to write some words of advice for her daughter who was turning 13. I loved the idea. But where do I start? The first thing that came to mind (after simmering on it for a couple of weeks, that is) was to wear sunscreen, like the old song suggests. The video below is a song by Baz Luhrmann and was popular the year I graduated high school. I enjoyed it for its poignancy as well {Read More}

Why I’m a Believer: Carrie’s Story

Carrie

When posting my “Why I’m a Believer” story, I invited others to share their stories and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how God has worked in the lives of people around me. Last week, I shared David’s story and today it is Carrie’s. Carrie’s story: The version of perfection I interpreted from my home and spiritual community growing up was one that had me whiplashed between believing I was either the best or worst person ever. By high {Read More}

Why I’m a Believer: David’s Story

David

When posting my “Why I’m a Believer” story, I invited others to share their stories and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how God has worked in the lives of people around me. David, the leader of the conversation that inspired my post, was one of the first to share his story with me to share with you. David’s story: Growing up in mid-west America, I was very exposed to church and religious institutions. My family went to church, {Read More}

What’s Your Story: Why I’m a Believer

Whats your story?

Tonight at Lifegroup (our church’s version of small groups) the discussion leader showed us a video which was intentionally cheesy and oversold the concept of an elevator speech, but effectively outlined a simple structure for any storytelling when you have a short amount of time available. Then the discussion leader asked us, using the same kind of structure, to share our story of how we came to  faith. The elements were as follows: 1. State the problem. 2. Describe the {Read More}

Same View, Different Perspective

View from my rocker

(Written in June 2012) Four years ago around this time, I sat in this chair, gazed out this window at the same building with a newborn girl in my arms. The circumstances are all very similar, but everything about my outlook has changed. Four years ago I was rocking a child, healing from a c-section. While I fell madly in love with my baby, I felt like I was missing out. I had been making fast growth at work and {Read More}

What a Difference a Year Makes

My big girl holding my little girl

As I watch my four year old go after my four month old on a “tickle attack,” I can’t help but think about how much difference a year can make. Their giggles and squeals make my heart smile. This time last year, my best friend and I had a working weekend at a hotel in Kansas City where we each mapped out business plans and goals for the upcoming year. I had just miscarried, was newly pregnant again and was {Read More}