For the past almost-19 years, I have been filtering the messages that bombard my children. Movies. Music. TV shows. Headlines. Textbooks. Sermons. All of it. I have attempted to provide the framework through which all of it is filtered and understood. And that framework is based on my ever-growing understanding of the Bible and of…… Continue reading To My Daughter, As You Graduate
He is the vine and we are the branches. His banner over me is love. I’ve sung the chorus so many times. Sitting in a small circle with someone playing the guitar. Standing in front of a roomful of children at Vacation Bible School leading their sweet voices. Driving down the highway belting it out with…… Continue reading Help me. Help me. Help me. – What it means to abide in God
I have run from writing this blog post. I’ve written pieces of it in my private journal, and I’ve written it several times over inside my head. Mostly in the wee hours of the dark morning when my body wants more sleep but my brain won’t quiet down and cooperate. My self-preservation instinct tells me…… Continue reading Sharing from the Scabby Places
From what I’ve observed, a lot of people I know are pretty happy that our new President has promised that the United States will be a Christian nation and that Christianity will have power under his presidency. Immediately following the inauguration, my Facebook news feed was filled with joyful approval that several people on the…… Continue reading The Danger of Making the U.S. a “Christian Nation”
Last year, encouraged by my sister-in-law, I chose One Word for the year. I prayed and read and meditated and listened to God’s Spirit and my own soul and chose a word of prayer and hope and guidance for 2016. I don’t think I told anyone what my One Word was for 2016. I didn’t really need…… Continue reading #oneword365 for 2017
I am a thinker, a planner, a strategizer. But there are times when all my thinking and planning and strategizing doesn’t pan out the way I want. And there are times when, no matter how much I think and organize and coordinate, I am still truly powerless to control the entire situation. Do you ever…… Continue reading Wrestling with God
Here’s the thing – sometimes it’s good for us to do things we’re not great at. I know this is true, yet I resist it. I prefer to stick with my things, the jobs and hobbies and opportunities that are right in my wheelhouse. See, I have this strong theory about operating in our…… Continue reading But I’m dumb at math!