The In-Crowd

Do you know what’s fun? Waking up at 6 am on a Sunday for no good reason. Yesterday morning at Oh Dark Thirty I slipped out from under the covers and made my way downstairs. Coffee in hand, snuggled under a down comforter on the couch, I read some in Ezekiel and then found my…

Jenga!

There’s a lot of deconstruction going on in the church. It’s kinda like Jenga. “I don’t agree with this piece, so lemme pull it out. Um..this one seems a bit harsh..see ya! Ooohh..this piece isn’t going to work for me, either..” Sooner or later, the whole thing comes crashing down. Now, you’re left with two…

Worshiper

Everybody worships something. What is the thing you can’t stop thinking about? What is the subject you won’t stop talking about? For some seasons of life, it is natural to focus all our attention on new and exciting blessings such as a wedding or a baby! These things are all-encompassing for a time. They take…

Stuff and Nonsense

I was born on the first of April. I regularly hide my husband’s favorite pillow at bedtime. I sometimes answer the phone with an accent. I once shoved my little sister’s twin mattress in the shower (don’t worry the water wasn’t running) and watched with delight as she searched for it. I love to play….

Glass Backwards

Do you ever see pictures of yourself and think “Well, poop.”? Ben and I both have mirrors over our dressers and of course over the sink in the bathroom, but the woman I see in family photos recently looks more like a “before” picture than an “after”. It’s easy to forget and think it’s not…

Gotta Have Faith-fulness

Would you have married your husband (or wife) if you knew they would be unfaithful? Would you have promised to love and honor and devote the rest of your life to a person who disrespected and hurt you with continuous infidelity? Hosea was a prophet; a man of God who lived about eight hundred years…

Are You Good?

What image comes to mind when you think of the word “good”? Is it a delicious meal and great conversation with the people you love? Is it taking in a beautiful sunrise with that first cup of coffee in your hand? Is it that dream vacation, or watching your little one sleep so peacefully in…

Kind (ish)

Do you ever have a “well, duh!” moment? I just did as I mentally scrolled through the different fruits of the Spirit. It occurred to me halfway through writing on the nine virtues that all are attributes of God himself, and the Holy Spirit enables us to become more like Christ and less like ourselves…

Wait for It…

This is how I explain the concept of patience to a six year old: “Patience is waiting with a good attitude.” Works for adults, too. Patience is the fourth fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5, verses 22 and 23. I know we often think of patience as not losing it in day…

Are you Fruity?

For anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus: Galatians 5:16-26 NLT[16] So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. [17] The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us…