Don’t Be Floppy

I made some pretty awful pizza this weekend. Now, we have homemade pizza every Friday night. I’m not new here. But things went terribly wrong when I decided to improvise. I had some tomato sauce leftover from another recipe. It was about twice as much as I usually use but I thought it would be…

Odds and Ends

It’s been a struggle to write lately. I mean, should I share pictures of our family vacation at Lake Lure or should we talk about the imminent collapse of our economy? Decisions, decisions. It feels trivial to share recipes for Audrey’s First Day of School Peanut Butter Cookies when it seems like our country is…

Evil Doesn’t Win

Evil doesn’t win. Maybe you’re as discouraged as I am right now: wondering how to get off this train to crazy town; a place in which farms are bad and fake food is good; where we advocate for murderers instead of their victims; where truth is considered outdated and delusions are celebrated; where God-given freedoms…

Heart to Heart

I tend to poke the bear when I write. I know I do. I’ve been muted and unfollowed and unfriended by countless acquaintances and also, sadly, by people I love. And I’ve asked myself what I’m doing wrong. And then when I think carefully through what I write, and why I write, I find nothing…

Making a Joyful Noise

Last night I dreamed a parade of solemn, angry protesters was marching through my neighborhood. As they came around the bend and got closer, I could read the signs they held in tight, unmovable fists. They were Christians. And they were, quite literally, mad at the world. I remember thinking to myself as they trudged…

He Is Risen Indeed

When I have doubts about God (as we all do from time to time), all I have to do is look at my body and I know that not only does he exist, but that he is also extremely awesome. Ok, ok, I know this sounds like a joke (or else you may think I’m…

(Dis)Unity

Do you ever look at the disunity in the church and wonder what the heck is going on? Why do some Christians espouse only grace and mercy without a whisper of repentance, while others yell about the judgment of God; failing to soften the blow with the equal force of God’s unfailing love and forgiveness?…

It’s a Wonderful Life (or it can be!)

I just watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time last night. I know, I know. I think the opening scene with blinking stars talking to each other put me off enough to change the channel in the past, but they were talking about how…wonderful…it was on my favorite podcast so I decided to…

Resisting Despair

You know what makes me happy? Strutting around the first floor of my house in step with the Beegees. First “Stayin’ Alive”, then “Jive Talkin’”. You’re welcome for the visual. Just for added delight, picture me wearing stripy purple yoga pants and a bedazzled navy blue sweatshirt. Merry Christmas. That’s how I get my steps…

What Book are You Reading?

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” -James 4:17 I’ve been re-reading one of my old favorites lately: All Creatures Great and Small by beloved country vet James Herriot. It’s a welcome respite from the constant barrage of bad news; a delightful retreat into…