You know those times in your life when you have been praying for something, and all the sudden it just falls in your lap and you think, "Whoa. Did not see that one coming. But how cool is this?!"

As I've mentioned before, my family is currently in a huge transition phase, and life has felt somewhat disheveled. We're finally settling in to a new normal, but I'm still finding my feet. What I want to do, where I want to work, how I can be involved in ministry... The opportunity arose two months ago when Grafted Magazine (a work I greatly admire and have been following since its inception) announced they were looking for writers for their blog writing team. I was instantly interested. I thought and prayed and mentally debated for several hours. My mind told me I was too busy, but I felt so compelled to apply for the position. I slept on it that night, and the next morning, my decision was made. No excuses. I'm gonna do it.

Once I received the online application from Grafted, my excitement level had risen quite substantially. Alas, only mere minutes after the application arrived, my internet decided to go on holiday. I panicked. Maybe it's a sign and I shouldn't be- NOPE I MUST DO THIS. It turned out to be a humorous day I laugh about now. Just in case nothing came of it, I hadn't told anyone I was applying, so I kept my impatient waiting for the internet's return to myself. The end of the day approached, my internet was still down, and Grafted sent out an announcement that they were being flooded with applicants. I finally took action, making a mad dash to my grandparents' home to borrow their wifi. I'm sure my mom was wondering why I was suddenly so busy with computer work that I needed internet RIGHT THEN.

With my application submitted, all I could do was wait. Eventually I received an email saying I had made it through the first round! That was the first time I thought, Hey, this might actually happen! I filled my family in on the news and then waited some more.

A phone interview, many prayers, and several weeks later, I was accepted onto the writing team for Grafted Magazine. I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling. For several months, I had been praying for both a way to use writing in ministry (beyond this little blog of mine) and some direction after a confusing season, and those prayers were answered. And I couldn't be more thrilled. After having a video chat with the stellar group of people I get to work with, I feel so privileged to be a part of this team of young people who are so bold in speaking the truth of the Word.

I'll be popping up on the Grafted website about once-a-month-ish if you're interested in keeping up. And do be sure to visit the website or follow @graftedmag on Instagram to check out all the fantastic work going on over there. My first article will be published on the Grafted blog this Sunday, May 24th!

UPDATE: My article has been published! Read it here.


  1. Proud of you, Petie! You have a gift in creative arts. You'll make a great addition to the team. ;)

  2. Wow, so exciting!!! Congratulations! And, as side note, I noticed your instagram post about your move. Being without an account, I couldn't comment but I wanted to tell you how much I understood--my family just moved the past year and although I lived at our former house for only 5 years I had such happy memories built up around the place that it was really hard to leave. (Not to mention it's about 6 states away now. ha) I still miss it (and the pets we had to leave behind), even though I love our new home as well. :)
    Congrats, again!!!

    1. Awww, thanks so much for sharing that. It really is hard to leave a place you're so attached to, a place that holds so much of your life. But change is good and a fresh start can be a wonderful thing! :)

  3. So excited for you, Petie! Would you post the link to your article on Sunday??

    1. Thanks so much! :D I sure will! Actually, what I'll do is just put the link at the bottom of this existing post when my article goes live on Sunday. :)

  4. CONGRATS! I am so glad that worked out for you.

    Much Grace,

  5. Loved reading your article, how exciting for you!
    Isn't it great how God works?



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