Experience–by Megan Haller

August 29, 2017. It’s a day I’ll never forget. The first day of my big girl job. The first day of “real life.” The day I’d been thinking about for years, when I would finally be able to use my degree, finally be able to get my hands busy loving people through physical therapy full-time. And the single hardest, most overwhelming day of my life. For the sake of time…Keep Reading

Joy — by Alex Weibel

If you know me, you probably know that my favorite book is “Love Does” by Bob Goff. I can’t help to also think that “Joy Does.” I think that Joy is an action, a way of living. Joy is a way that we live when we FULLY know the love of Christ. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and…Keep Reading

Distance–by Christine Long

Distance. In a simple game of word association: Distance. I Can Go the Distance. Disney, adventure, travelling, pictures of place that I’ve been, Instagram, social media, distance. Sometimes we feel far away from other people or from God — especially when we want others to think that we’re actually getting closer. Distance is that feeling of seeing a circle of people and having no idea how to get in —…Keep Reading

Competition — By Mary Klarsch

I am not my résumé To this day, every single game of Monopoly I’ve played with my brothers has ended in tears. We get almost to the point of offering up our first-born children just so that we can own all three of the coveted orange spaces. With a family motto like “Klarsch’s never quit,” there’s no surprise that competition runs in our blood. We have been raised to dream…Keep Reading

Relationship — By Laura Brusati

When I think of the word “relationship,” I cannot help but think of romance. For as long as I can remember, I have been a hopeless romantic. Even as a child I would daydream about my fantasy wedding and the guy I would end up with. It was something that I always expected to happen. I watched my brothers enter the dating world once they hit high school, and I…Keep Reading

Fear–By Hannah Dustman

Jesus was scared. Yep, you read that right. Jesus was scared. That’s not usually a sentence we hear or we share with one another. We (or at least I) think of Jesus as mighty, indestructible and triumphant. And He is all of those things, and more, but He was also scared. I often struggle humanizing Jesus. I think of Him more in His godly form than in His human form….Keep Reading

Welcome–By Dayle Dickens

This summer has been nothing less than an adventure for me. I have spent the last three months, far from home in Little Rock, Arkansas for a business internship. I have learned two major things in the South this summer: 1) How to say “y’all” naturally in conversation, and 2) Southern Hospitality really does exist. Not only is it a bit warmer in the South, but also the people have…Keep Reading

Prepare — By Jessica Le

Usually, I am the type of person that prepares ahead of time for items on my to-do list. The last time I wrote a blog for What’s the Word, I sent in my rough draft two weeks before the due date. This time, I’m currently writing this blog on my flight to Texas. Prepare is an action word that can link to many events. You can prepare for a presentation….Keep Reading

Water–by Megan Haller

There are a multitude of uses for water. Drinking, bathing, washing dishes, swimming, kayaking, water balloons, growing plants and crops. No matter where you live, water is essential for life. It is also necessary for a lot of fun outdoor activities, especially right now in the heat of summer. It’s likely you’ve heard it said that water is life. In the spring of 2010 and again in 2011, I went…Keep Reading

Faith–by Megan Haller

Do you remember singing the “Jesus loves me” song as a child? I’ve heard a few variations, but a popular version seems to be “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” As a child, this “knowing” was head knowledge. It would be years before it became heart knowledge. And this chasm between the two—this is where faith comes in. Growing up I attended Catholic grade…Keep Reading

Justice–by Peter O’Keefe

One of the first words many people think of when they think of “justice” is “equality.” In fact, justice and equality are so intertwined that they are often incorrectly thought to be the exact same things, but they differ in important ways. A just society is one in which all people are respected equally, but equal disrespect of all people is often mistaken for justice. Case in point: when organizations…Keep Reading

Complacency–by Ashley Bramer

complacency (n)-self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies I have always viewed complacency as laziness. The act of doing nothing. But it is such a slippery slope in a world of “treat yourself’ and “love yourself first” and “you deserve it.” There was a time in my life where I didn’t take care of myself as I should. I didn’t prioritize myself at all and my…Keep Reading