There are no trips planned this summer. No suitcases to pack. No plane ticket in hand or standing in long lines waiting to get through security (that last part I’m not sad about). For the first time in twelve years (minus 2020, which doesn’t really count), I’m not getting on a plane this summer. For… Continue reading A Summer of Home and Sanctuary
She held secrets that no one else knew about— Delightfully fanciful secrets of her quiet, inner life— Where she would dream dreams about the future, Hold wistful trysts over past memories, And get lost in joyful moments of the present. She was at home with herself And pleasantly satisfied with her own company, For… Continue reading The One Who Would Enter that Sacred Space
The other morning, I read a quote about motherhood on Pinterest. And my heart broke a little because of the ache within it to carry out that quote. In quiet desperation, I cried out to the Lord, “Why can’t that be me right now? I would give anything to pour my heart and soul into… Continue reading Until the Assignment Changes
Recently there’s been a push by conservatives to ban certain children’s/young adult books from libraries and school libraries. And of course, the left is pushing right back, saying kids and teens need access to these books. If you haven’t heard of some of these books, you can read about the top ten most challenged books… Continue reading It Does Matter What the Children are Reading
One of the things I love best about my favorite book character, Anne Shirley, is how she always talks about having “scope for the imagination.” A tree in its white array of spring bloom, a meeting of a new kindred spirit, the dawning of a new day – all of these held endless possibilities for… Continue reading Don’t Waste Your Imagination
“What’s your type?” people might ask those in the dating pool. Or, “He’s just not my type,” a girl might say in response to why she’s not interested in someone. Or, as some junior high boys told me recently, “Girls at this age don’t care about personality. They just care about hotness” (the girls might… Continue reading Do You Have a “Type”?
Originally written for the Good Friday service at Christ Community Bible Church in Arlington, Texas. His hour had come at last. The hour that all creation had been waiting for Since the woman first sank her teeth into A morsel of fruit And plunged the world into death and decay. This was the… Continue reading A Beautiful and Scandalous Night
“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, In the abundance of Your steadfast Love answer me in Your Saving faithfulness.” Psalm 69:13 My prayer is to You – Not my wistful fancies. My prayer is to You – Not the sly imposters. … Continue reading When Will the Acceptable Time Come?
Have you heard the phrases, “You just need to cut toxic people out of your life” or “You need to get rid of that kind of negativity and do what brings you peace”? I’ve seen these kinds of things on social media, and I’ve also been one of those people who’s been deleted (most likely… Continue reading Don’t Delete Those You Disagree With
Recently, as our church has been studying 1 John, we’ve discussed the difference between “making a practice of sinning” and “practicing righteousness.” Those who are true believers will pursue a continual and habitual lifestyle of righteousness instead of sin, since 1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for… Continue reading A Battle Plan for Killing Sin