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An Unoffended Heart

“Fake it til you make it.” Cliché of all clichés, right? We’ve all heard it, maybe even said it. I think all of us fall into one camp or another; we either believe this to be possible or we don’t. For me,  I think I have wavered back and forth on whether or not I believe this to be true.

Until recently. The past three months have been some of the hardest months of my life.

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Contentment in Singleness—Is It a Feeling?

I can’t be the only one who’s wished for a switch to turn off my emotions. I’ve complained to my friends that I just want to stop feeling things, and they pat me on the back and tell me that if I did, I wouldn’t be the artistic, compassionate person I am… blah, blah, blah.

Don’t get me wrong, I love them for saying that. But it is hard to accept emotions are a good thing when you’re feeling like Eeyore with his tail missing on a rainy day.

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You Might Not Love What You Think

As I continue to grow up in Christ and spend time studying Scripture, I notice a similar dynamic at work throughout my life: it’s the background beliefs, the below-the-surface things, that usually end up determining what happens. We say God controls our money, but we end up spending more on our pets than we give to our church; we say our home is for hospitality, but we’d rather stick to ourselves than invite over someone we don’t know well; we say we trust God for our contentment, but can’t seem to stop buying things we don’t need.

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Remember Me: Episode 461

Listen to this week’s show!

Question to discuss:

What do you want to be remembered for, and what are you doing now to prioritize those things in your everyday life?

Roundtable: How Will You Be Remembered?

Some people want to be famous. Others want to die rich. But for the Christian, eternal impact should be our ultimate life goal. What does this look like, practically speaking? How do we prioritize our time and talents to learn and do things that really matter?

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Forsaking the Idol of My Own Opinion

My finger hovered over the “post” button. As much as I felt like I had something to say, something held me back. Finally, I deleted what I’d written and closed down the browser on my computer.

This wasn’t the first time I’d bitten my tongue on social media in recent months. With opinions flying about everything from politics to social issues, it had been tempting to engage in the many “discussions” happening online. But when I saw the division some of these opinions were causing—even between believers—it made me think twice about adding in my two cents.

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3 Fictional Characters Inspiring Me This Christmas

I entered my first Christmas season in Cincinnati with enthusiasm, passion and a desire to do my first Christmas as an adult the right way. I was ready to be merry. I was ready to show hospitality. I was ready to rest and establish rituals that reminded me of the “true meaning” of Christmas.

It’s probably not hard to believe that I fell short of these goals. A car accident three weeks before Christmas left me unsettled and worried.

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Your Artistic Passion Has Purpose

Art is only a tiny line item in most church budgets, but what if it were recognized as one of the most powerful forces working for or against the kingdom?

Do you knit? Do you dabble with the guitar? Do you have aspirations to make movies or write books?

If you consider yourself artistic in any way, I want you to know your passions have a purpose. But even if you’re not artistic, I encourage you to live your life like it were art.

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Fast and Furious: Episode 460

Listen to this week’s show!

Question to discuss:

Have you ever gone too fast in a dating relationship? What made you finally put on the brakes, and what did you learn from the experience?

Dating at the Speed of Light

It’s incomprehensible, but true. Normally sane, logical and even somewhat cautious people, when in a relationship, tend to lose their minds. A relationship starts off well, and before you know it, you’re in deep. And that’s rarely a good thing.

The Fight for Purity

The word “purity” can stir up all manner of thoughts and emotions. It’s that important. The subject carries a great deal of weight, but sometimes I don’t know if we fully treat it as such.

I’ve led youth in one form or another for the past 17 years. It has brought me such joy seeing each student leave the group for college and step into their destinies. On the other hand, it has at times brought such sadness to see girls become pregnant as teens or not long after they’ve entered college.

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When the Pain Won’t Stop

I woke up the other morning with anxiety. Not because I was in pain, but because I was dreading pain to come. With a chronic stomach disorder, I experience pain a lot, and I’m tired of it. It’s exhausting. How is it fair that I don’t feel well so much of the time that I live in fear of an attack coming? How is it fair that my physical appearance is affected—from baggy eyes due to lack of sleep to blotchy skin from hormonal imbalances?