It’s Time to Hide My Hashtags

Where does the time go? Mostly, my smartphone steals mine. Months ago, I downloaded a simple app to put limits on the time I spend on my phone. I used it for a week, and then gave up. What I didn’t realize was that the app continued tracking my phone usage—for months. When I finally […]

Does God Want Mediocrity for Me?

Unpacking boxes after our recent move, I spotted a long-forgotten envelope. On it, I had written my parents’ home address in pencil. Unfolding the paper from the envelope, I remembered sprawling out on the carpeted floor of our church youth room with twenty other teenagers, scribbling out our goals on church letterhead paper. Our youth […]

Cutting Bangs and Saying Yes

I let my friends cut my bangs last year. It wasn’t a cry for help or an emotional breakdown. Rather, I was complaining to my friends during a girls night out about how much I’ve always wanted bangs and how every stylist I’ve met shook their head and said, “Oh honey, that’s not for you.” […]

An Advent Prayer

Pausing to Say, “Thank You,” and “You’re Welcome!” We’re halfway there, Lord. Halfway. We’re walking through this season of waiting we call Advent, this season filled with songs in a minor key, and we’re grateful for it. More than many in recent memory, this particular Advent feels heavy, confusing, and terribly sad. The world around […]

Back In the (Church) Saddle

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins Earlier this year I moved back to the US after being away for six years, with my husband, a new immigrant to America, in tow. We came in exhausted, burned out and sick. And after some tumultuous, and sometimes traumatic, years overseas we found ourselves weary, broken and struggling […]