Hope Is Not a Strategy

I’ve apparently reached that fun stage of life where I get to experience the unforeseen joy of things that can only be labeled unglamorously as “gallbladder issues”. In April last year I spent a week in misery and all loathsome symptoms (you can look them up if you want to but let’s just say I…

Hospitality Starts at Home

Dear Babe: You don’t need to read this one because I’m going to fail hard at it and I don’t need that kind of pressure. Ok, so. I get together with a friend out in the country about once a month. It’s a beautiful drive out to her house. The last time we meandered down…

The Beloved Charter

I have become a bit jaded in regards to Christian conferences. They just seem a bit…fluffy. All this “you are enough” -self-help-me-ology stuff disguised as Bible teaching. Ennea-what? Thanks, but no thanks. This past weekend, Ben and I went to a Christian conference anyway, mainly because our pastor’s friend and mentor Larry was the one…

Enough, Already!

Most days I don’t feel like I’m enough, in God’s economy. I look at other Christians and feel like I fall woefully short. I haven’t adopted a bunch of kids. I often let my fear stand in the way of getting out there and sharing the gospel or doing ministry. I still think Ricky Gervais…

A Quick Thought on Friendship

There can be no true friendship where there is no respect. Respect seems like such a funny word, but it’s the correct one! If we don’t respect the character or conviction of the people we call our friends, an honest and open relationship is darn near impossible. I am thankful to have a few women…

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are bad and fake food is good; where we advocate for murderers instead of their victims; where truth is considered outdated and delusions are celebrated; where God-given freedoms…

Sinfluencers

We’ve got a huge problem in the church. And, no, it’s not the sodium content at the potlucks. It’s an astonishing lack of discernment. And I’m afraid it will lead to a great many walking away from God altogether. I see it in the “likes” and reposts on social media. Some of the smartest, kindest,…

Let Them Live

According to Worldometer, four out of ten pregnant women in the US choose to abort their child. This means forty percent of unborn babies in our nation are slaughtered before they have a chance to even take a breath. Four out of ten children will never celebrate their first birthday. They will never be held…

Suffering

Suffering. If we were to list all that is wrong in the world; all the hurts, injustices, unkindness, and even evils perpetrated on a daily basis, we’d never stop writing. People suffer every day. Some on a regular basis; some mercifully only now and then. But we all suffer at one time or another. It’s…

21 Again!

It’s my second twenty-first birthday. I’m a whole lifetime away from the girl who sat drinking woowoos at the Chili‘s in Manassas the first time around. Four years later I would be exhausted from my sin-soaked lifestyle and I’d move to Richmond to pursue a God-centered life. Surprisingly, I discovered Christian Angela was still a…