groceries, gratitude, and letting God break in

I took all three of my boys grocery shopping today.   If you are a Mom, you probably flinched at that, right? Michael and I try with everything in our scheduling power to make sure that one of us can do the weekly shopping sans little ones, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out thatContinue reading “groceries, gratitude, and letting God break in”

Where do we place our hope?

Where do we place our hope? Is it kept in a fragile jar waiting patiently on the shelf? Hidden in an upward gaze? Emerging from a heart turned open and ready for joy? Where do we rest the very essence of our thought and feeling (and trust and desire) about what we deeply want toContinue reading “Where do we place our hope?”

The Gospel Power of Family

When my mid-twenties brought the kind of failure that no one really plans for or considers is even possible for their own life (sure, maybe other people, *those people* over there, but never yourself), I found myself right smack in the middle of my own real-life churchy cliche…the prodigal son. Or, in my case, theContinue reading “The Gospel Power of Family”

A Moment for the Church

I can already tell this post is going to be hard to write. Some thoughts kind of simmer in the back of my mind and heart for a while and it takes a unique concentration (re: discipline) to bring it out on to the page (or, screen.) And honestly, my flesh fights it. It’s muchContinue reading “A Moment for the Church”

How Do We Know the Will of God?

How do we determine the will of God for our lives? When I was younger, this question would stress me out. It felt like my inner-person was constantly battling with herself over wanting to please God, worrying about how other people viewed me, and simply craving my own way. I was about 25 years oldContinue reading “How Do We Know the Will of God?”

Remember Where You Once Were

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, rememberContinue reading “Remember Where You Once Were”

“Are you ready to be healed?”

I’m driving down the highway, my kids are yelling in the back seat, but I’m somewhere else…lost in a scene from another time. I can’t seem to shake this image in my mind of the “bleeding woman” (how horrible is it to be historically known only by this descriptive?) reaching out among the densely swarmingContinue reading ““Are you ready to be healed?””

A few thoughts on the Trinity and sex.

“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you.” –Jesus (Jn. 14:20) The theological idea of perichoresis (“mutual indwelling” — or the community that exists, the perfect union without loss of distinction, that breathes and lives and interacts and maybe even dances among theContinue reading “A few thoughts on the Trinity and sex.”

Fear of the Lord

If you are a believer in The Way, then this is for you. I’ve been hearing a lot of fearful talk lately among Christians. Fearful of our times; fearful of the horrific events happening all around the world to people just like you and me. Fearful of the future (especially here in the United States)Continue reading “Fear of the Lord”