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The Pursuit of Happiness and Why Its Pursuers Aren’t Happy

The Pursuit of Happiness and Why Its Pursuers Aren’t Happy

It’s a vicious cycle, really. Climbing the “corporate ladder”, trying to get your foot in the door before anyone else. It’s even on display in the festivities of Black Friday, which seems to be a bigger “holiday” than Thanksgiving lately.

What’s behind the arguing and backstabbing we witness so frequently?

People striving for whatever they feel will make them happy in the moment.

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. (James 4:1-2a ESV)

Happiness Interference

We’ve all seen it before. A toddler whips a toy out the hand of their friend because it will make them happy.

A coworker makes up a rumor about their opponent in order to secure the promotion that seems to hold the key to their happiness.…

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God Will Use Your Brokenness

God Will Use Your Brokenness

This article was originally written for Broken Beautiful Bold Ministries here.


We are a broken people, am I right?

Each of us come from various backgrounds and upbringings that shape our character and struggles. We have been broken by others, broken by this world and are undeniably broken at the core of our being. For the Christian, we may have trouble reconciling with the “whys” of our heartbreaks.

Why did God allow that?
Why do I struggle against this sin?
Why won’t he just take this pain away?

I, myself, have wrestled (and sometimes still do) with these very questions. At times they have come from my lips in a humble request for understanding. But many times, my “why” has been spoken with tears on my cheeks and anger in my heart.

In my walk with the Lord, I have learned that he uses our brokenness in stunning ways.  He does this not only in our own life, but also in the lives of others and to show the world his Gospel story.…

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A Heart Prone to Discontentment

A Heart Prone to Discontentment

For 3 years, I have waited. Sometimes, I waited well. Other times…not so much. I’ve had dreams and desires for ministry that have gone unfulfilled and my heart has many times been frustrated. I wanted to devote time to writing and ministry. But I had to work. I wanted to be a homemaker and actually have time to clean our humble abode. But we needed my income. I felt as if I was in a never ending cycle of being still, becoming restless, which moved my heart to discontentment, and then back to humbly trusting the Lord and remaining still, yet again.

Today is the day I’ve anticipated for a long while. My heart is filled with excitement and uneasiness about the unknown, but mostly my heart is filled with joy. My Lord provided, in his time, in his way and in spite of my restless, struggling heart.

I start this new season with enough wisdom from the Lord to know that the excitement will indeed wear off.…

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Loneliness is Inevitable

Loneliness is Inevitable

Lonely Seasons

No matter how many times I come home to an empty house it still feels lonesome. When I was single, I dreaded my vacant apartment thinking “Maybe one day I’ll have a husband to come home to.” Then I married my husband who worked until midnight for the first 2 years of our marriage. It always felt hard to drive to the place we called home knowing it would be many hours before he’d arrive. I’d say “Maybe some day he’ll have normal hours so I don’t have to be alone at night.”

That season was almost harder than my season of singleness and unfortunately I’m not sure I responded with as much faith as I did when I was single.

God had given me what I wanted but in my heart it felt like I only received half my portion.

Expectations of cooking my husband dinner and watching our favorite show or reading the bible together weren’t met.…

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