“How does she have time to do all that?!” I shout to my husband. It's one of those days when I'm on a passionate rant, quickly comparing my life with another. Haven't I learned by now? If I look around, I'll always find someone better than me.Read More
The wind whipped fiercely across the boulder field, dropping air temperatures below freezing. Our plan was to meet back with our companions in the boulder field on the way back down the trail. The problem was, minutes of waiting turned into hours, and the wind chill forced us to seek shelter behind huge rock piles. All we had was one snack and some water left to share between the two of us. We had no idea if our friends were okay, and if they were, at what point we'd see them again.Read More
Do we live like we believe? Jesus' sacrifice gave us peace with God. We know in our minds, we read in the Word, but what about on our bad days? Those days when we live more wretched and ashamed than we'd like to admit. Unworthy, all of us would rather hide from God and seek him on a “better” day. The lies of sin entrap us from seeking him in repentance. It's either the repetitive sin or sin seemingly too great to forgive. We're all tainted with unbelief.Read More
My friend was diagnosed with cancer a week ago. And you know what she said to me? “Pray for God's glory,” she said. Her response was sobering. "Yes, God's glory! And a miracle!" I thought. Unfortunately, cancer is a beast she's familiar with. Years ago she battled it, to its defeat. She knows what the word “cancer” entails. Her memories bear many scars of suffering.
And yet, God's glory is at the forefront of her mind. But why?Read More
Suffering. A word we are more than merely acquainted with. Unbearable heartache leaves us worn, naked, and vulnerable. Exposure always seeks a hidden place though. Except, our tendency isn't to seek after the One who allowed hardship.Read More
Every day I scroll through faces and words on my phone. Beautiful pictures and amazing accomplishments clamor for attention. We all want to be noticed in this busy world full of people. Rarely do we share our nakedness—our weaknesses, ugly pictures, or hardships. Nobody will ever see those parts of us.Read More
Tiny, profound discoveries are made beneath my toddler's feet. Dried crumbs and paper pieces are tightly held in her hands. She's on a continual quest of discovery, to find the extraordinary in her small realm. To her, the world is new. It's full of hidden treasures. And she finds them, these wonderful things, in the ever-so-simple and mundane.
Is it possible we, too, can find hidden treasures like her?Read More
Chubby baby feet touch wet sand by the salty shoreline. My youngest daughter squeals with excitement. She slaps the water with her tiny hands and splashes water everywhere. My oldest two daughters play nearby, swimming hard and pretending to be sea life. It's the beginning of summer vacation for our family. The time of the year when life slows down and long, sun-lit days fuel outdoor activities. A season when “to-do” lists are slim, and time with family takes priority. Many seeds were laboriously sown these past several months, and now, I welcome this time of refreshment—like the earth welcomes a downpour.Read More
“What happened to me?!” I say aloud. A quick glance in the mirror takes me back just a bit. My hair's pulled back in a disarrayed mess, and dry snot is crusted on my sleeve. “Mommy!” my daughter yells. This shirt has GOT to go. “Mommmmy!” she shouts again.Read More
Gospel truths flow with words shared among family—people I break bread with each week. Together we are the body of Christ, a dynamic fellowship of believers, renewing our minds in truth. It is the reason we gather. Without the gospel, none of us would be who we are. The gospel is also a continual truth we live by, spurring each other on towards a life of repentance.Read More