The Beautiful Christmas Tree

Once upon a time, on a tree farm not so far away, there was a very beautiful Christmas tree. She grew alongside many rows of pines, firs, and spruce, some of whom were quite pleasing to look at, but she was the loveliest tree of them all, and she knew it. The tree farmer, a…

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…

Here’s what I’m offering..

I’m not an influencer. I can apply my make-up with just enough competence not to look crazy. I have no desire to be famous. I haven’t lived among Nepali people in the Himalayas or started a non-profit for underprivileged skate-boarders. I can follow a recipe but haven’t created crazy delicious flavor-combos like tomato-feta pasta (is…

Wakey Wakey

This morning I’ve been weeping for the people of Afghanistan and the horrific nightmare that is now their reality. The Taliban is in full possession of billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry and are going door to door murdering anyone who isn’t on board with their reign of terror. People are literally clinging to…

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…

Gentleness

I long to be gentle. As long as I’m still cleared for quick comebacks. And dad jokes. Once I ended a joke about the unsteady composition of a rocking chair with “cane just wasn’t able.” I know. It wasn’t funny then, either. I’m here all night! Tip your waiters and waitresses! Back to being gentle….

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…