22 Lessons From My Twenty-Second Year

"To become a joyful adult, one must grow in experience and wisdom while not losing one's childlike wonder." --Allison Trowbridge, Author of Twenty-Two Cover photo by Michelle Wingard  Today is my last day as a 22-year-old! That's so crazy! I've learned a LOT this year. My word for this year is "courage," and I feel…

What does it Mean When God says, “I AM?”

"God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.' And he said, 'Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.'" - Exodus 3:14 Hello Everyone!  I'm grateful to Lauren for giving me this opportunity to include a piece in her identity series! I want to take us back to the…

Let’s Talk About It: Identity

"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we should be and embracing who we are." --Brené Brown  (Cover image by Michelle Wingard) Identity (noun): a) sameness of essential or generic character in different instances  (Merriam-Webster) b) the fact of being who or what a person or thing is (Oxford) c)…

An Open Letter to The Christian Finding Jesus

Disclaimer: This post is a part of The Open Letter Collective, and is written by a friend or anonymous contributor. All posts written by Lauren Smith will be signed off with her green signature.  To the Christian Finding Jesus, You got some change coming your way. The environment around you won’t be the same. Maybe…

Spring at The Silos // My First Trip to Waco, Texas

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson spring break goodness I had the week off from work for spring break (bless). I didn't…