The other night, I started thinking about the decade of the 20s and how important they are in a person’s life. I look back on my 20s as the most formative years in my life. My 20s may have looked different than some of my friends, but the things I learned about myself and what… Continue reading 30+ Things to Know & Experience Before You’re 30
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me,… Continue reading Why This Thorn in the Flesh?
Not too long ago, I was driving home from a friend’s house after dinner and good conversation together. It was a warm summer evening with cool breezes coming through the open car windows, and the song “Jireh” came on the radio. And as I was singing along to the words, “I will be content in… Continue reading Contentment: Both a Gift and a Choice
It’s been sixteen months and counting since the Covid pandemic turned our lives upside down. And we are an exhausted people. We’re exhausted of the tragedy of sickness and death. We’re exhausted of mask and vaccine debates. We’re exhausted of trying to figure out the “right thing to do,” especially when someone we love disagrees… Continue reading Anxiety, Control & Blame: The Pandemic Picture without God
I am a terrible gardener. Trust me when I say that if any kind of plant stays alive in my house or yard, it’s by the mercy of the Lord. It shouldn’t be surprising seeing as how gardening held no interest to me my entire life, despite my mother’s amazing skills at growing things. But… Continue reading How are the Weeds in Your Heart?
I found this quote on Pinterest one time that said, “Stop for just one second. Think about all the people you’ve secretly had a crush on. All the people you’ve found attractive, but never said anything to. Every stranger you’ve temporarily fallen in love with on public transportation. All the people you’ve dreamt of and… Continue reading The Secret, Inner Life of the Human Experience
Recently I let the realization sink in that I have bought into the culture’s idols of romanticism and individualism for far too long. I’ve let them become my default, along with the idol of marriage that often shows up in the church, and have encouraged and fed them by filtering my life’s story around them.… Continue reading Turning Off the Romantic Default Switch
Summers for teachers are a blessed gift. They’re a time to regain a little sanity before starting the craziness all over a couple months later. And for married teachers, it’s extra time to spend with their spouses and families. But for single teachers, the open, quiet days of summer can present torture if not managed… Continue reading A Prayer for the Summer – Embracing Ease, Form, Beauty & a Sense of the Whole
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
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?