(Much of this content first appeared in a seminar I gave in spring 2018 entitled “Redeemed Womanhood: An Alternative to Cultural Feminism.”) I am a woman. I am a woman who loves teaching. I am a woman who loves leadership. I am a woman who loves public speaking and sharing her thoughts and ideas. I… Continue reading Why I’m Not a Feminist – But Why I Think Femininity is Worth Fighting For
More meditation poems from 1 John. *The World’s Seductive Solutions* From 1 John 2:15-17 The world seems to offer Beautiful solutions To all our longings and desires – Gleaming in their allure. Sex, stuff, and self – All of these consume our culture, And they claim they will Make you exceedingly happy.… Continue reading I Identify as a Child of God
As a teacher, I love to make learning fun in the classroom. I love incorporating games and projects as much as possible because it’s been proven that we usually remember things better this way – and I have more fun teaching. But not everything can be fun in life. And the older you get in… Continue reading Our Culture Needs to Remember How to Do Hard and Boring Things
[Reassurances from Psalm 139] Father, When temptations cut sharp Like a knife, Cause me to turn away And love you more. When the memories Come unbidden and aching, And I wish they meant more, Help me to surrender to you. When my heart whispers To dwell on the forbidden, Drown out the… Continue reading A Prayer of the Tempted
Over the past few years, I have heard various pastors and speakers speak of the growing trend in young people to delay marriage and have children until their late twenties or early thirties. They speak with concern about the impact that this has on society and generally make it out to appear that these young… Continue reading Are Single People Selfish for Delaying Marriage?
As I took the dog for a quick walk the other day, I spent some time praying and contemplating what my focus should be for this month. And as I did so, a most frequent word in my study of 1 John came to mind: Abiding. And this was my answer – to learn to… Continue reading The Art and Practice of Abiding
This year I’ve been studying the book of 1 John. Through the various stages of Bible study and listening to a sermon series on it, my understanding has been profoundly deepened and strengthened. When I get to the meditation stage of my study, I’ve been practicing writing them out in poem form, so I thought… Continue reading The Battle is the Proof
There comes a moment sometimes when you look around and realize just how privileged your life is. And I’m not talking about “white privilege” here. I’m talking about “American privilege.” I went on Unsplash to look for pictures for blog posts, and it just sort of hit me. Beautiful people looking at smart phones and… Continue reading What Does Real Change Look Like in a Country of Privilege?
Last summer, I wrote the following in my Writer’s Journal: “I have a voice that I’m not using – because I’m too afraid. I’m relieved when others say what I wish I had the courage to say because at least someone’s saying it. But I also wish I could speak up and take a stand… Continue reading I Have a Confession to Make
Some years I have set lofty goals in January and picked words for the year that have depth to them – and a month or two into the year, those plans have gone by the wayside. Some years, my word has stuck, and I’ve spent the year exploring and embracing it in meaningful ways. As… Continue reading How the Year of Growth Started > How It’s Going