“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?
Earlier this month I shared a section from a seminar I did on feminism a few years ago (Does the Answer to a Woman’s Identity Crisis Lie in Her Career?). To answer another controversial question – should mamas stay home with their babies? – here’s the next section from that seminar. What Adds Real… Continue reading Should Mamas Stay Home with their Babies?
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
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in… Continue reading The Resistance and the Refuge
(Much of this content first appeared in a seminar I gave in spring 2018 entitled “Redeemed Womanhood: An Alternative to Cultural Feminism.”) I think all of us – men and women – go through some kind of “identity crisis” in our lives. Maybe “crisis” is too strong of a descriptor, but certainly some kind of… Continue reading Does the Answer to a Woman’s Identity Crisis Lie in Her Career?
Dear friend, I see you sitting there At the crossroads Of weariness and discouragement. I see the tears that gather and fall As you try to be so brave, Bearing the pain of your loneliness. And I long for the day When the one will appear Whose eyes will light up When you… Continue reading He Has Not Abandoned Us
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