Tonight I made a delicious dinner of Five-Spice Ribs in my Instant Pot. I ate alone because I had homework to do and my family was out of the house for a couple of hours. As I ate, I had to pick through the typical stuff you encounter when eating ribs: bone, fat, etc. (Sorry … More How to conquer evil. (Hint: It has nothing to do with the election)
A few months ago I read Andrew Peterson’s book, Adorning the Dark. In this incredible work, Andrew describes the labor and intentionality of creativity and community. He describes his family’s decision to leave the city and move out to the country, putting down deep roots. He encourages the reader to be purposeful in settling down … More Give your house a name.
I awakened with the sun, long shadows stretching across the dew-drenched grass. Pink azaleas opened wide to receive the morning as birdsong filled the air, almost drowning out the drone of distant traffic on the highway just over the distant rise. We have been promised suffering this week. This week of all weeks, in which … More The Grace Side
Well, I stink at keeping promises. I broke the 40 day commitment to write (obviously) this weekend. Life happened and between the birthday of my firstborn and an ER visit for one of my kids (they are ok, thank God!) writing fell to the bottom of my priority list. I’m sure all twelve of my … More Update and a Prayer
Let’s not waste this season. Let’s learn what God is teaching us through this massive slow-down. … More The Virus Before the Virus
Am I a vessel through which His love flows freely, or a dam that selfishly holds things in check out of fear or distrust that there will be enough to go around…enough of me, enough of Him, enough of whatever it is I hold selfishly against my chest and refuse to let go?Am I wild with distrust, desperately grasping for control and fearful of what tomorrow holds? Or am I at peace in the core of my soul, knowing that tomorrow is in His hands and that, live or die, I will ultimately live? … More A Simple Prayer
Please don’t let this time pass without being able to measure your spiritual growth in feet, not inches. … More On the Front Lines
I felt it rising up in the pit of my stomach. Anxiety. Fear. The what-if’s poured over me in waves and I struggled to catch my breath. I expressed it to my husband, the tension and struggle that fought within me. For days I had shrugged Coronavirus off as hype, saw the reaction of our … More If You are Afraid
Jesus was not white. I remember the moment I realized that. I was watching a documentary many years ago about archeological evidence supporting the Bible. They were taking the Shroud of Turin and, from it, reconstructing what the Son of God might have looked at. Now, I realize that the details of his appearance are … More On Truth and Shedding False Filters
There is a part of me that wants to tell 2019, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Then again, so many good and wonderful things were mixed among the hard that I cannot just make a blanket judgement of the year. 2019 brought deep heartache and deep joy. It was marked … More 2020: Word for the Year
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