God will interrupt our arrogance, our ignorance and our willfulness.
We are prone to forget our vital need for utter dependence upon Him.
Stigma |stig•ma| noun : a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something; a mark of shame or discredit; (archaic: a scar left by a hot iron: a brand.) Invalidation. | in•val•i•da•ion | noun : to discredit; emotional invalidation is when a person’s thoughts and feelings are rejected, ignored, or judged; it disrupts […]
We had borrowed the van from our friends. It was quite a lot to ask considering we took it round trip from Seattle to Los Angeles. It was our first real vacation and though it was an extremely tight-budgeted trip it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of my three little ones. I’m sure they still hold the record for number of times […]
Despair comes from believing God has turned His back on you.
He stands with us in our losses as the Almighty Last Word.
Would you rather die in a burning building or drown in the ocean? They usually asked it form the back seat of a boring car ride. Would you rather fall into a pit of snakes or have 10,000 spiders crawl all over you? I cringed at their morbid questions but played along to keep a he touched […]
When you attempt to add anything to Christ, you are operating in the spirit of antichrist.
In my early twenties I was the wife of a ministry student and the mother of three children born within 2.5 years. We had one car and dozens of cloth diapers. In the brain fog of watching my husband come and go between school, work and ministry—between loads of laundry and the care of my babies, […]
It’s resolution time but rather than adding new regimens, goals or programs to my life this year, I’m going to pare down and eliminate them! I gravitate to the idea of less. I love words like purging and decluttering and simplifying and margin-building and mindfulness and intentionality. The idea of less has been a cultural conversation for […]
I recently re-read the account of Noah. Genesis is a great read but the stories become so familiar I risk failing to notice anything fresh. Chapter eight brings the record of Noah’s Ark to a close when God says in verse 16, “Go out from the ark.” (Some versions read, “Leave the boat.”) Those words […]
I was browsing a thrift store recently when I spotted a pair of ceramic geese. I had a visceral response—part embarrassment, part nausea. Those geese brought back memories of a time when my kitchen was saturated in them. Theme decorating was a trend then like burlap, barn wood and chalkboard paint are today. My geese years […]
Closeness to God isn’t measured in proximity that increases or decreases depending on spiritual activity. In my early years as a Jesus-follower, I operated under the notion that closeness to God was based on my actions. It wasn’t an altogether faulty notion. James 4:16 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to […]
I stopped attending church as form and began my search for church as function.
I begin this post with Dear Reader because it reminds me there is a flesh and blood someone on the other side of these words I hurl into cyberspace. Where have I been, you ask? This summer I did a lot of soul-searching and zero blogging. There was a fair amount of talk therapy splattered in there as […]
I’m not very good at it. Being a semi-good story teller doesn’t necessarily make me a good communicator, particularly when it comes to speaking truth in love. Unfortunately, sometimes my love-truth spends a little too much time fermenting in frustration and comes out covered in emotional barbs. I lack practice in truth-speaking because I’m afraid of it. I prefer to avoid […]
One Sunday he was just fine. The following Sunday prayer was requested for an upset stomach. The Sunday after that he arrived with a report of stage 4 cancer in his esophagus, his liver and his lymph nodes. In the short span of time between his first scan and his second the spots on his […]
I’ll be honest. My life hasn’t been pretty lately, which may explain my absence here. Presently, I’m sitting among a stand of fir trees and taking in beautiful Dickey Lake in northwestern Montana. The setting is perfect for woolgathering. When life and relationships get messy, I tend to pull back and pull inside myself. My […]
An Organic Conversation, Part 1 I ended my talk with these words: We want to be offered solutions but He offers HOPE instead. Hope goes beyond the skin-depth nature of solutions. Hope does not disappoint, despite our continuously changing circumstances. The vivacious woman who had strummed us into worship stepped into transparency and spoke first, “I’ve […]
We like answers. We need to make sense of things. We like tidy explanations, reasonable timelines and unlimited resources. We don’t like delays or inconvenience or disappointment. And if I can be candid, Western Christianity can be perceived as entitled, narcissistic and fickle. That’s the hard bit. The heart bit? God longs for us! He desires us–He […]