Being Embodied Love: A Life Like Jesus’

So you’re probably sitting there wondering, “What does embodied love even mean?” Let me explain a little bit behind this name and and what that means for your life. The simple truth behind “Embodied Love” is this:¬†Jesus was the physical incarnation of love. And if we are made in His likeness, that makes us embodied…

Chasing Your Dreams With A Purpose

All my life I have believed that I would do something extraordinary – something so big that people would know who I am. Growing up I always had people telling my parents that they “can’t wait to see what Maddy does in the future.” Because they recognized my passion for life and my capability to achieve anything I set my mind to. And while it is a good thing to have passions and dream big dreams, it can be a dangerous road if you’re not careful.

This Will Always Feel Like Home

I have one more day left here in Madrid. Writing that down feels so weird. It feels as if just yesterday I wrote my week-one wrap-up. It just goes to show that time really does fly when you’re having fun. This new place and these new people and experiences have gone by in a blink…

When Writing Reaches Upward

What is writing if it serves no purpose? What good is a blog that neither shift minds nor molds hearts nor encourages bodies? What is the point of a platform if it creates no lasting effect on its audience? And why spend your life writing things that only enter the reader’s brain for a second…

Dealing With Sorrow 5,000 Miles From Home

Today has been the hardest day in Madrid so far. In the past three days I have experienced so much hurt and sorrow that I just want to be curled up in a ball on my bed at home. My heart hasn’t hurt like this in a long time. I haven’t cried like this in…

Un Sabor de Madrid

I have officially completed my first week here in Madrid! The extravagance of this city never fails to blow me away with each passing minute. I mean what could possibly beat the sound of continuous clanking dishes outside my window at 3 A.M., the three-hour-long piercing cycle of the washing machine (which is in the…

A March In The Right Direction

The Women’s March was about more than abortion rights. It was about more than equal pay. It was about more than opposition to Trump. The Women’s March was about the empowerment and equality of women around the world. I participated in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday. After the march, I was…

Filled To Overflow

“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” ¬†-Irenaeus, second-century theologian Today, as I was reading a book for my Christian Ministry class, I came upon this quote. Now, I couldn’t tell you exactly what Irenaeus meant when he wrote this hundreds of years ago, but I’m going to offer my take on…