What else happens…..

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 So I spent a year imagining how the garden in the front yard of our new house could be transformed. Hedges, bushes, and small trees were overgrown with all sorts of…

The great switch

This post is somewhat of a departure. It is a prayer following a time when God shone His perfect light in areas of my life that needed to change. This is for all those who are being held captive by false thinking–who need to quit believing lies and replace them with Jesus, the Truth, Who…

God’s “OK” and ours

God’s OK and ours is not the same. When I reach out for peace, I cry out to God for some type of homeostasis–LORD, take me back to the way things were. Before, you know. Everything changed.  Take me back to the time when I could hug my dad without a nagging feeling in the…

When God is quiet and the world is noisy

My husband didn’t put fifty-one candles on the cake. He is a smart man.  Instead of setting up my classroom for the new school year this August, I’m home, having taken a leap of faith, quitting my job, and waiting on God. He has shifted our family in the context of national and international unrest…

What blocks victory

There’s a stretch of time between God calling Gideon a mighty warrior and Gideon acting like one.  Gideon had questions. Gideon needed proof. An angel of the LORD met him and Gideon made excuses. Perhaps that is what happens when a culture drifts away from intimacy with God. They forget Who God is. What He…

This one’s for the grocery store lady

There I was, standing in line at the deli, waiting to order a sub after church. My sons and I were having an intense theological conversation : “No, you may not have a motorcycle.” “But, I will be 18 soon.” The woman in front of us turned and said “Your mom is right. You don’t…

Be careful what you justify

My husband lit his front yard on fire. Twice. I drove a school bus into a hospital overhang. My sons both did backflips from a thirty foot high branch into water. By the no trespassing sign. Whether it’s fear, boredom, or peer pressure, us good people who call ourselves Christians will do all sorts of…

What washes up: False Narratives

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39 Part of what stinks so much about personal storms is that a lot of your junk gets kicked up and thrown in your face. The sin, the habits that…