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…

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…

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…

Life Hack #1

It’s cool these days to say that Christianity is stupid and oppressive. But I say the opposite is true. I say if you reject the Bible’s teachings; if you you divorce your life from the One who created it; you are in for a world of hurt and bitter disappointment; if not in this life,…

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…

Growing

I’ve got lots of little seedlings sprouting in peat pots on my kitchen counter right now. It’s not time to put them in the ground just yet; we’ve got almost another month until the last danger of frost. But I’m hopeful I’ll have good, strong, seedlings to go in the soil by the end of…

(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?…

Yes, We Can

There is very little we can actually control. I think we all feel the truth of that these days; as we watch yet another catastrophe unfold; as we hear of loved ones gone far too soon; as those leading our nation seem to be, at best, asleep at the wheel. And people are so stinking…

Finding Joy in January

I’ve caught myself several times over the last few weeks wishing January away. The coziness of a fire at night is nice, but the unwelcome chill that greets us each morning as we trudge toward the bus stop makes me want to dive back under the covers as soon as my feet will carry me…