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
(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
[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