Why Funerals Are a Good Way to Start a Decade

“How’s that little boy?” he asked as he pointed to the row my mom was sitting on, there in the back of the sanctuary, helping me find my seat. “He’s great. Growing so fast,” I quickly responded as I clutched the program for the first funeral of the decade I would attend. “Good. That’s what we care about,” he said, … Read More

Hashtag (Or Who God Says You Are)

Recently, I had someone say a real stumper to me. “I’m not cookie cutter like you, Emily.” I walked away hurt, but also confused. The conversation was a difficult one for a myriad of reasons. I scratched my head, trying to figure out whom in this world I was exactly like. It was sort of a sarcastic scratch, because I … Read More

The Parable of The Crows and The Owl

They were all causing the greatest ruckus. You would’ve thought it was a matter of national security right outside the door of my sun-porch. I had no idea why those crows were cawing so fiercely and aggressively. The cacophony of horrendous sounds caused me to rise from my couch to peer out the screens. I shivered when I saw a … Read More

Don’t Miss Your Pulpit

This past Sunday, at church, we met a man and his wife who moved from Kentucky to our area a year ago. The woman was just as pleasant as could be as she sought more information on how to get involved in the church. The man, however, reminded me of the Children of Israel with his terribly grumbly attitude and … Read More

Why I’m a Christian Humanitarian Blogger

In college, I piled into a 15-passenger van with a handful of undergrads to attend a weekend retreat in Pennsylvania, orchestrated to help those with a passion for missions to figure out what the next steps were. In fact, the weekend was actually called, “Next Steps.” My dad had died less than a year beforehand and an unquenchable drive to … Read More

A Letter of Purpose To My Son

Manuel Elias Meyer and His Purpose Written by his Mother, Emily Ann Pereira Meyer          God knew you before you were even born. He ordered the number of your days. He gave purpose to each one of those days. He made you full of purpose for each one of those days. We knew about you before most … Read More

Which Drum are You Supposed to Beat?

Two Saturdays before Easter this year, my husband and I went to an outreach event at the home of a woman I know from my Bible Study.  Her name is Beth.  She is a widow.  She doesn’t let that hinder her from doing huge things.  The truth is, her season of life has opened up large opportunities to reach beyond … Read More

Everyone Can Do Something

The other day, I was at a baby shower for my precious friend, Catherine.  I met Catherine through work about five or so years ago.  I was an Admissions Counselor and she was my go to Financial Aid Advisor for students.  I could always count on her to make sure things did not slip through the cracks.  Early on, much … Read More

The Beauty of Scars

You know what’s different about this summer?  I have a new scar that is nearly impossible to camouflage.  I’ve got other big ones, but they’re a little easier to conceal.  This one, however, is on the top of my arm.  I’m already starting to get questions about it because it’s that noticeable.  The thing is, I’d much rather have that … Read More