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April 11

First15 Original Worship Song: Waste My Life

About a year ago, I was spending time studying and reflecting on the story of Mary and Martha. And I was struck by what has become for me a foundational truth in my pursuit of God. Luke 8:38-42 says: Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into…

March 29

Video Devo: Christ conquered death so you can too!

Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” (John 11:25) Take a moment to explore what that promise means for you today as you watch my Easter greeting video. Because of what Christ did on the cross and because he rose from…

March 5

Stepping Off the Tightrope

I’m pretty hard on myself – probably too hard. I’m your textbook perfectionist. And I’m learning it’s the height of idolatry to even think I could or should achieve perfection. And yet, subconsciously, I do. I don’t go around thinking specifically in my head, “Oh, Rachel. You know, you really are perfect.” It more comes…

February 20

Ending Your Day Well

Growth in God is best looked at through the lens of seasons. At the beginning of a season I usually sense God presenting me with a main goal, an area of my life he wants to redeem and restore. And the growth I experience is usually related to the depth at which I give myself…

February 15

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” – the words I heard as ash fell and sprinkled down my face. Being likened to the tiny dust particles I felt tickle my nose and cheeks is sobering for two reasons. I am reminded that God breathed life into the earth and made…

February 12

Video Devo: Celebrate True Love this Valentines Day

Let God’s love be the foundation for your perspective, thoughts and emotions today Whether you’re feeling loved or lonely this Valentine’s Day, God longs to be with you and reveal himself to you. May you “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know…

February 1

Blooms in the Desert

I don’t think I’ve fully felt like myself in over a year. It’s hard to even know where to begin. Some seasons are so clearly beautiful and life-giving, but there are some seasons in life that can also look like a desert – less beautiful at first glance. I recently came back from a trip…