Daily Living · Growth · Whispers of Faith

A Battle Plan for Killing Sin

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

Growth · Poetry · Whispers of Faith · Writing

Lessons Learned from a Community of Creatives

This last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Inklings Conference put on by Square Halo Books in Lancaster, PA.  Square Halo Books seeks to “publish extraordinary books for ordinary saints,” and they are also connected with The Rabbit Room, an online community which “cultivates and curates stories, music, and art to nourish Christ-centered… Continue reading Lessons Learned from a Community of Creatives

Daily Living · Faithfulness · Growth · Whispers of Faith

What if this is the Year Where Everything Changes? And What if it’s Not?

For Zechariah and Elizabeth of Luke 1, they had had so many years go by that were just like the ones before. Their lives had assumed a rhythm of normalcy that they had embraced. I’m sure they had long ago accepted that there would be no children to grace their home, although the shame and… Continue reading What if this is the Year Where Everything Changes? And What if it’s Not?

Daily Living · Gratitude · Growth · Singleness · Whispers of Faith

Contentment: Both a Gift and a Choice

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

Daily Living · Growth · Singleness · Whispers of Faith

Turning Off the Romantic Default Switch

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

Daily Living · Growth · Whispers of Faith

A Prayer for the Summer – Embracing Ease, Form, Beauty & a Sense of the Whole

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