“What’s making you angry?” I recoiled against the question, whispered to that sacred space where heart and mind meet soul. “I’m not angry,” I spoke through clenched teeth into the silence of my car. I felt the Holy Spirit repeat His question.My shoulders fell.My voice quavered as self-awareness mixed with pain.The damn cracked.The first words
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I wanted to throw my shoe at my husband. But thankfully, it’s summer and I wasn’t wearing shoes. His words had elicited a visceral response in me—my first clue that they had merit. However, the moment the words, “Do you really need to post so much?” left his mouth, I had stopped listening. We had
A few days ago, while talking to a friend, I mentioned how I wish I could go back and tell twelve year old me (who struggled with feelings of awkwardness and insecurity, and always felt a little different from everyone else) that she was going to be ok. It was a passing comment. One I
Are you in Christian ministry and feeling weary and overwhelmed? Does every one else seem to get it all done with ease, while you struggle and still don't seem to be getting anywhere? If so, maybe this post is as much for you as it is for myself.
(This post was originally shared on 2/4/2016. When it popped up in my "memory feed" today, it seemed appropriate to re-share; both as a tribute to my sweet Bailey and because I think we are all kinda at the point of needing to lay our heads in God's lap for awhile....) Bailey, my sweet golden
“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.” Psalm 11:3-4 When what we have been standing on, hoping in, and depending on begins to fall, what are we to do? We are to stand up, reach up and look up—this is the message
How Not to Pray This post is part of a series on prayer. You can find all the posts here. Sometimes the most effect way to learn what to do is by observing what not to do. Maybe this is why Jesus begins His instruction of prayer with how not to pray. “And when you
This post is part of a series on prayer. You can find all of the posts here In my quest to dive deeper into the gift of prayer, I have written out several questions about prayer, as well as several statements which I believe contribute, at times, to my lack of prayer. I so want
My husband gave me a big leather box this Christmas. It was black and had a cool silver swirly thingy towards the top. But all I could see was a box. I turned it upside down. I turned it around. I touched the swirly thing. But I had no idea what I was supposed to
To the Weary Writer Who Wants to Quit: I see you. I know you. I am you. You have words—so many words inside of you. You have a message, a story, a calling you want to share with the world. And you’ve done all the things—all the things they say to do. You made a