Life on the Other Side of Abuse

Ben and I watched a limited series on Netflix last weekend. Maid chronicles the true story of a woman (Alex) in an abusive relationship who struggles to make a life for herself and her daughter apart from her abuser. It is thrilling when she gets away and finds a safe place. It’s heartbreaking to see…

Nothing But The Truth

Things that are true stand the test of time. Things that are true can hold their own against doubts and misgivings. Things that are true will not be washed away in the flood of popular opinion or made untrue by lies. The truth will be there when all else is exposed for the nothing it…

Where Do You Stand?

I don’t want any part of it. It’s not good for you, although it may appear that way for a short while. You may not feel the consequences yet, but you will. It’s going to kill you, actually. We’ve got to stop looking only at the short term, because the future ramifications will be here…

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…

I am not. He is.

Yesterday my pastor (known affectionately as Pastor PeePaw for some unspecified reason) asked a sobering question: “Are you one person at church and another with certain groups of friends?” Yikes. I don’t think this is true of me now (although I am not some great super-Christian and I do slip up with bad words every…

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…

Whaddya Know

When people are going against popular opinion at great risk to their personal reputation, livelihood, and even safety, you have to wonder why. If there is no reward other than a conscience compelled by truth, maybe it’s time to start listening. Such was the case with the first followers of Jesus. If Jesus did not…

Even When

I have always believed America is the greatest nation on earth. Lately, though, the more I see, the less I trust. I grew up in the post-Civil Rights, post- Vietnam war era of the eighties and nineties. I remember learning in elementary school about Soviet Russia and the USSR, the Berlin wall, poverty and dictatorships…

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….