A Letter to 17 Year Old Rachael //

This weekend, I had so many overwhelming thoughts and feelings, as I have seen and lived so much over the past few years. After moving out to Los Angeles at age 17 (seven years ago), my life is incredibly different than I ever could have imagined. I decided to write a letter to that 17 [...]

Why Religion Cannot Save You.

I believe that the beautiful gems in this world have known suffering and loss, and have found their way from the depths. In our moments of brokenness, we wrestle with everything we've ever known, and only then can we find a peace that surpasses all understanding. Healthy, beautiful people don't just happen by accident. But [...]

To The Human Who Said I’ll Never Change The World.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article (which you can read here) on the difference between being a world changer and just being opinionated. Essentially, my point is that I am an incredibly opinionated person, but I have found that no message will be heard, received, or valued if it isn't pure in motive [...]

Does Jesus Really Love Me?

How would you define love? Our culture tries to define love as many things...sex...lust...feelings...emotions...tears. When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as a young girl at summer camp, I never could have imagined the kind of complex relationship we would have when it came to defining and understanding his love. All I ever heard [...]

God Can Handle Your Honesty {Hallelujah-I’ll Still Sing}

http://youtu.be/GBZu8Y3NwD4 There have been many seasons in my life that I have had doubts, struggled, and been pretty broken down in my faith. During these times, I remember feeling so alone...and like something was truly wrong with me. "Good Christians" don't doubt, right? "Good Christian girls" always have it all together, right? Wrong. So very [...]

Change One Heart, And You Might Change Many Hearts.

As a young woman, I find myself surrounded by insecurity and negativity sometimes. In a world that tries so hard to define who we are, are we losing sight of our true identities? The only thing that helps me overcome these struggles is to combat this darkness with truth. I am a very visual person. [...]

Tips For Being a Supportive Friend {Even when it’s hard!}

It has taken me 22 years and many difficult circumstances to learn how to be a good friend. Our intentions are always good (well, hopefully), but it is easy to hurt the people we love when we are simply caring or trying to help them with their various situations. This week, I have been reading [...]