Hello!

I cordially welcome you into the story God is at work writing in my life. I’m glad you are here!

A few facts about me:

  • I spent the first 21 years of my existence in rural Iowa
  • Blessed with 2 loving parents, 4 amazing siblings plus 3 wonderful inlaws and the best nephews and nieces 😊
  • I like counting beans!
  • Coffee lover
  • Developing pianist & wannabe guitarist
  • Fascinated by psychology
  • Passionate follower of Jesus who aches and longs to see the church of Jesus rise up and run out the kingdom of darkness!

While this blog idea began as a way to remain connected with those back home in Iowa since my move to Boston (for the details on moving to Boston, see here), I’m inspired to share more broadly the thoughts and ideas God is talking to me about. So there will be two parts – highlights from my week as well as topics or ideas I’m pondering. This will most likely be linked to what I am studying in my classes.

You may be curious what is the genesis of the blog name, Unashamed. To me, that word holds so much power, meaning and life.

In general, the thought expressed in Romans 1:16 is amazing. The good news of God’s Kingdom is too great to not live and tell – if it’s power has touched your life, you understand!

However, on a more personal level shame is a feeling I’ve wrestled a lot with. It’s been said that shame says you are a bad person, while guilt says you did a bad thing. Much of my life I’ve struggled with self-worth and acceptance of who God has made me. Unashamed to me, is not only about being bold for the gospel of Christ, but also accepting God’s story in your life – even when you wish the plot was a little different. It’s about being unashamed of who God had made you and praising Him for the way He is at work in your life, no matter the circumstances! He has the power to salvage and redeem the worst of us.

As you traverse the thoughts on this blog I want to offer a couple pointers:

  1. It’s likely you may at some point read something you disagree with – after all, we are humans and conflict is to be expected. Please share your disagreements and your reason for the disagreement in love. I would love to see dialogue happen in the comments section of the posts!
  2. I will refer to various groups, speakers, organizations, etc. that I learn and gain encouragement from. Please know this does not mean I endorse everything about them. Rather, I encourage us all to be discerners – chew up the meat, spit out the bones!
  3. Lastly, I really want this blog to be interactive. If you read something that resonates with you, please share how so in the comments. I love hearing how God is working in others lives! I believe it is a way we can make Revelation 12:11 become a reality among us as believers.

Thats all! Fasten your seatbelts as you travel through the winding and crazy crevices of my neuropathways!

Wishing you all the power of the King Supreme so you may accomplish His purpose for your existence.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20 & 21