Faith
July 20, 2017

You’re Going Home

Apparently, I now live in Central Florida. This misplaced humidity in North Carolina is making it difficult to breathe! It got me thinking, my grandfather spent some of his early…

Culture
July 19, 2017

Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert?

We love labeling people, don’t we? You know how it goes. We walk into a gathering of humans we really don’t know all that well and as we interact we…

Suffering
July 21, 2017

Perspective is Everything

Life is all about perspective. While I have always known that perspective matters, I learned on a recent mission trip to Curahuasi, Peru, that perspective is everything. Curahuasi is an…

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Faith
July 11, 2017

The Meaning We Often Miss in Philippians 4:13

I’ve always scoffed when people quoted Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” it reads. It’s often taken to be this anthem of “I CAN…

Suffering
July 17, 2017

Beautifully Destructive

We pulled up to the security gate in front of the hospital and the guard, recalling the bags of lentils we gave him the day before, let us in without…

Christian Life
July 18, 2017

Prohibition

What should you ban from your life today? Abraham Lincoln supposedly said “so you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war” to Harriet Beecher Stowe,…

Faith
July 14, 2017

Did You Hear That?

Have you ever really listened to the sound of your voice? I mean consciously listened the way you pronounce words and the sounds that come out? Try it right now….

Culture
July 14, 2017

The Pursuit

“I’m pursuing her,” says the skinny-jeans wearing Christian male when speaking of a girl whose photo he just liked on instagram. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, some would say…

Christian Life
July 13, 2017

On Sin

Sometimes I wonder why I sin. I wonder why I continually rebel against my God. I wonder why I do “what I do not want to do” as Paul says…

Family Life
July 12, 2017

Tears

I’m a mom of three. I’m a wife. I’m a friend, sister, daughter, writer, singer, colleague, and foodie. Which of those things says I should cry a lot? Apparently all…

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Culture
July 10, 2017

Glow: Wrestling With Sisterhood

Have you ever watched WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)? Have you ever met a professional wrestling fan in real life? Other than vaguely smelling what The Rock was cooking in the…

Finances
July 5, 2017

Satisfaction and the Space Between Expectations

“We become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon” (Yuval Harari, Homo Deus, 35). When will you ever accept yourself? color…

Family Life
July 5, 2017

Father Figure

Someone once asked, “How were you comforted growing up? In what specific ways did you know and experience a sense being comforted?” Standing in my kitchen, tea mug in hand,…

Faith
July 4, 2017

Perfection

“Be perfect; therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” –Matthew 5:48 The right response to this verse is to go be perfect, right? Right, so where do we go from…

Family Life
July 3, 2017

Lasting Memories

Last month we spent time at the beach with family from Oklahoma. Jana’s five-year-old cousin from Oklahoma had never been to the beach, so needless to say he was pretty…

Christian Life
June 27, 2017

The World’s Worst Pump-Up Speech

Matthew 10:5-27 Some of the grandest and most important leaders in world history harnessed the power of motivational speeches to spur their subjects on to victory or success. Churchill, Lincoln,…