Hi, my name is AJ. I am engaged to Christian Hanna and our combined passion is serving youth and reaching them for Christ. Both of us were saved young but decided in our teen years to serve God with our entire lives and follow Him wherever He might take us. Thus, we believe that teen ministry provides incredible opportunity.
My blog name is based on Matthew 16:24 where Jesus tells His disciples that if they wish to follow Him they must deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow Him. This is the true cost of discipleship. I am not very good at denying myself but I aim to make all that I do glorifying to God (1 Corinthians 10:31), although I do not often succeed in this path I am grateful that God’s mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and He is willing to continue working in me to make me more like Him.
On this blog, you will find material from when I was young, not all of it is very good but I have chosen to keep it up because I believe it shows a fuller picture of who I am and how I have grown. I am definitely not perfect and I do not wish you to think I believe that when I write. However, I believe it is good to say things with conviction. Much of my writing comes out as strong because I am telling myself that I need to learn a particular lesson. If you happen to learn one too, I am thankful that God allowed me to be used in this way. My writing comes from lessons I am learning, discussions I have recently had with others, books I am reading, my studies and life experience. I hope you enjoy.