Q: Why do you blog?
A: I blog. First of all, I like that blog is a verb. If you had asked me that a couple years ago, I probably would have told you it was because I like to document certain times in my life. However, I think it is much bigger than that. I blog because I believe strongly that stories are important. I do not blog because I think I have all the answers, rather, it is quite the opposite: I blog because I do not have it all together. I believe that honesty is important, life is fragile, and the journey is worthwhile. I blog because I hope that you will find what I say resonating in your soul and you will come to find that you are not alone. You are not alone in the struggles or the joy. I blog because I believe that God is still telling stories and if he is using me to tell even the most random of stories, I am not going to keep it to myself.
Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about my life. Sometimes that involves singleness, sometimes it involves random conversations or interactions I have. Since I am a seminary student, I also blog about the church and ministry (sometimes specifically, youth ministry). I blog about my relationship with God–what doubts I have or what it looks like to trust God. I do post book reviews, mostly to fulfill requirements for receiving the books free, I need to post reviews on my blog and on Amazon.
Q: Where do you get the pictures for your blog posts?
A: That’s a great question, because I am not a great photographer. Unless otherwise noted, I get my pictures from unsplash.com. It’s a great website that posts ten new pictures every ten days. Sometimes I post pictures from my Instagram account, so you might notice those for the monthly What I’m Into posts.
Q: Where do you go to school?
A: I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry with a minor in Christian Education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. I am currently enrolled at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
Q: How do you handle the times when you have doubts?
A: I make an appointment to meet up with doubt in a lone parking garage or dark, abandoned alley and punch it in the gut several times. Okay, no, not actually. I think there have been seasons of my life that I look back on and say, “Man, you were sure doubting about a lot of things.” It is easy to get discouraged by that, but instead I think it is important we recognize the times when we have doubts as the times when we can grow the most. Doubt does not mean you are not still in relationship with God. I mean, in relationships with other people, we get angry, and we have questions, so I don’t know why we think it isn’t going to be that way with our relationship with God. I also think it is important to recognize how much power the devil can have if we let him. We must remember to always be seeking the Truth, which is found in Christ.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Beef Jerky. Or burgers that are covered in barbecue sauce and dipped in fry sauce. I’m nothing if not a really great carnivore. I also love Mac and Cheese. And green beans. I just like food, okay?
Q: Don’t you ever feel you are being just a little bit too honest?
A: Yes. I should have more of a filter, but I don’t. I try to speak words that spread grace, but sometimes I fall short of that. I am struggling in life sometimes, and I don’t want to shy away from that. I never want to paint the picture that I am polished and shiny, smiling and having it all together because that’s simply not me. If that were me, one of my favorite quotes wouldn’t be: “Even if you fall on your face, at least you are still moving forward.” That is kind of how I operate. I fall, but that’s how I move forward. I make mistakes, and I don’t want to gloss over that because it is through mistakes and missteps that learning takes place. But here’s the hope in all of that: Just like Jesus broke the bread and allowed His own self to be broken, I believe God uses broken people. Sometimes God breaks us, sometimes the world breaks us. But I believe God puts us back together, restores and redeems us.
Q: Do you realize you have errors in your blog?
A: Yes, I do, but that’s a result of my lack of proofreading.
Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
A: I wish I had the ability to just look at a cantaloupe and have it be cut up in cubes. You may think that would never come in handy, but then you have obviously not ever worked at nursing home where you have had to cut up multiple cantaloupes. I guess flying would be cool, too.
P.S. Just to make sure we are clear: everything that I type on my blog are my own thoughts, and are not that of my employer’s.