Food for Thought

Here, we step back and reflect the big pictures and purposes of life to explore the meaningful. There’s lots of mess and challenge, but beautiful things can come out of it. Search with us.

  For most of my 20's I would pride myself on being independent. I didn't need a man to start my life, to be financially stable, to have my own place or to be secure in who I was. In fact, that's still true... and I still need look to God for those things. In the world's eyes, I wanted to be an independent woman who could work hard, build stuff, haul stuff and fix stuff. And I was proud of that. Then I got married and...

As promised – Justin is answering some questions to let us dig deeper into his real life faith story. You can get the episode by subscribing to Rose's podcast on iTunes, or listen in on the interview here:   Your story is pretty extreme. How did you take criticism or doubt from those who didn't believe you? I could totally understand where people who were skeptical were coming from, and if I were in their shoes I likely wouldn't have believed it either. But you know, even in the moment, the skepticism...

Face to Face With God

People often think God doesn't interact with humanity. Or think that God doesn't interact with humanity the way He "used to" in the Bible. Or think that He exists at all. But personal experiences and stories make me beg to differ... Justin's story is one of them. His story – which I believe to be powerful and authentic – exploded the box I had God in. When I met Justin, I was 13. I called him Piercy... and he was Piercy...

Good Friday was about death. And we all face it. But today isn't. (If you missed Friday's post, start here. It's important.) Because today... today is Easter Sunday! There are people all around the world that believe on this day, Easter Sunday, the world changed. They believe that death was defeated. They believe that Jesus rose from the dead with our freedom from death in hand. I'm one of those people. You might not be....

good friday, faith, hope, death, life

Death is a strange thing. I’ve sat in the room with death on the way just 3 times in my life. There’s something strange about knowing it’s coming. There's something unnatural, even though it’s the most normal thing in the world. Why does it feel like that? I sat with death on the way recently. Death was coming to a man I loved and admired. He had a huge influence in my life and we were having what I knew was...

  It's a time sucker. It's depressing. It's annoying. It's addictive. This can apply to almost every social media platform out there. For simplicity's sake, I'm going to talk about the biggest platform in the world. Facebook, with it's 1.5 billion users, is hijacking our lives. First of all, it's a comparison trap. Except, it's a terrible comparison. It's a filtered, polished, see-what-you're-permitted-to-see news feed. And that's ok, because that's what it's supposed to be....

I get panic attacks. I experience anxiety. I've fought long battles with depression. Many people who know me are surprised when I say that. Why is that? Even though talking about anxiety has become more normalized, I still find there to be a stigma around men openly talking about their experience with these things. (something I would love to change). After living with anxiety for over a decade, I've learned a lot about what works and what doesn't when it comes to managing it. I'll lay that out at the end –...

Yep. We go to counselling. I spent 10 years in the dating world searching for and imagining my perfect husband. Justin spent 3 years married to someone else before he married me. And he’s never casually dated. Ever. (how we ended up together is a whole other story for another day.) Needless to say, we each bring our own history and relational dynamics to our marriage. So there we are in a counselling session. We sit awkwardly holding hands on faded floral couches with our McDonald’s...

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  Ever feel like everything is pointless? Meaningless? Ever get overwhelmed and wonder why you're even trying? Seriously, though... We work hard, life moves fast, we forget things, we achieve things, and at the end of the day when we lay in bed and shut our eyes, what lasts? What’s here today is gone tomorrow. Our first job, our first car, our spring garden, maybe even our first love. Why does anything actually matter? Stay with us here. You...

Ok - that title is a little tongue in cheek:) Seriously though - I LOVE coffee. In fact, as we were doing our research preparing to launch United and Untied, one topic that was most requested from people who knew me well was tips and tricks on how I've learned to make coffee! I'll admit - I have learned a lot about making coffee over the years and am definitely happy to share! But how does that fit into the big picture here? Isn't this blog about exploring...