I and about 27 friends decided to launch our own “experimental mutiny against excess,” doing each of Jen Hatmaker’s 7 fasts for 7 days (instead of a month as she did). Each week I’ll post my thoughts from the previous week, Jen-style, not because I’m trying to be like her but because I’m trying to be like Jesus and her books encourage me to that in new ways. Continue reading 7 Foods
If I were a real and devoted blogger, I could probably expect some backlash from this post. As I am just a sometimes blogger with a small following of people, 90% of whom won’t read this, I’m not too concerned about that. I also think that even if I had a big-time, popular blog, I would still need to say this, but I might word it more carefully.
I really can’t stand the term “retail therapy.”
There. I said it. Continue reading Why I Can’t Say “Retail Therapy”
As I reflect on the privilege and honor of being a mom, many thoughts and emotions race in my mind and well up in my heart. Chief among them: There is no such thing as a perfect mom, so motherhood comes with lots of questioning, second guessing, guilt, and feelings of failure.
I just wrapped up a study a friend and I have been doing for the past few months on the Apostle Paul. I have long found him a fascinating and admirable biblical character, but I feel he has come to life for me in some new ways. Continue reading Pondering Paul
I never thought answering the conversational question, “So, where do you go to church?” would be so awkward. Continue reading Why We Cre8
Have you ever thought about the terminology we use for the sun? As a homeschool mom, I am asked to explain every word that comes out of my mouth, and that can get pretty interesting when little ones first start to understand how the solar system works. Continue reading The World Revolves Around What?
My 3-year-old is playing a game on my iPad, and his brothers have come to watch. “I’m good at this game!” he announces confidently. With barely a pause between, the next words out of his mouth are a question: “Am I good at this game?”
Lately he likes to assert what he knows or what he imagines to be true and follow it very quickly with the question, “Right?” (“I’m 3, right? That’s a cat, right? It’s a sunny day, right?”) Continue reading Breaking the Chains: Insecurity
Reconciliation would have been more than enough.
We who were far away have been brought near. The door that was closed has been opened. You who could not tolerate us can now bring us in because we’ve been washed clean of our sin. That would have been more than enough.
But You love us so much that you want more. Continue reading Simple Prayer of Wonder & Gratitude
Today is my birthday, and I have decided to live as if no one is disappointed in me — not God, not my parents, not my husband, not my children, not my friends, not my extended family or in-laws, not my businesses associates. After 36 years, I am finally realizing that I must life free of the weight of others’ disappointment. Continue reading Breaking the Chains: Disappointment