Obedience — by Katie Nations

Obedience has always been somewhat of a hefty concept for me to come to terms with. When I was little, I thought of obedience as following rules and getting bossed around, and let me tell you, I do not like getting bossed around. You see, I have always been one to want to make my own plans for my life. I like doing my own thing, I like planning, and…Keep Reading

Examine–by Clayton Jezewak

Like characters in a novel, we rarely view the events of our own lives from an outsider’s point of view. We so easily see our successes and failures as purely our own, but it can be helpful to examine those same events as plot points that God has written into our lives. They are the moments that make us dynamic, our literal exposition as characters in His story. The friends…Keep Reading

Love — By Dayle Dickens

Love is a word we hear every day. A word we throw around in conversation after conversation, and sometimes I wonder if we even realize what we are talking about — if I even realize the weight of the word “love.” How often do we ponder how Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and died on the cross for each and every one of us? This act was love at…Keep Reading

Post-Tragedy Prayer — By Dan Pearce

As one who is outspoken on his Catholic faith, I sometimes get asked, “Hey Dan, why didn’t you speak up about this national tragedy? You overshare your thoughts on everything on Facebook. Why not this?” My answer is a bit complicated. It’s not that I don’t find it abhorrent. I find our gun laws in this country far too relaxed, and we have not put forth enough effort to fight…Keep Reading

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