Lent 2020: Listen to Love

You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children - with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. ...Noah didn’t mind so much what other people thought, he minded what God thought. So he just did what God told him to do. When we hear God … Continue reading Lent 2020: Listen to Love

I Went Home.

Many of the Christian women writers, teachers, and preachers I follow have posted this week about John MacArthur’s deplorable behavior at a recent men’s conference. He was asked what two words come to mind when he hears the name “Beth Moore.” He replied, “Go home.” Beth Moore has been a powerful Bible teacher for 40 … Continue reading I Went Home.

What’s the News?

A couple years ago, I decided I needed to curtail my practice of ending each day with the first fifteen minutes of the 10 pm newscast. For most of my adult life, I watched the news before bed. But gradually I realized that I wasn’t sleeping soundly, that images or issues from the news wound … Continue reading What’s the News?

Believe. Love.

Many years ago, in my first church job, I had the privilege of working in the front office. Which meant I was the 'face' of the office, handling all the various requests of both members and those who walked in off the street. Brenda, the mentally-absent and sweet homeless woman whom we often let sleep … Continue reading Believe. Love.

J.O.Y.

I attended Jr. High at the beginning of the 80's when Preppies ruled the school. I had one white Izod shirt and, though I stood several rungs down the social ladder from Popular, wearing it made me feel pretty. I had a crush on an 8th grade boy who had expressed interest in me despite my 7th … Continue reading J.O.Y.

Find Center

If you've been around here for a while, you'll know that I've been a Jesus-lover since forever. I have spent most of my professional life working in churches, and I am also married to a pastor. And I (mostly) love the church in all its beauty and brokenness. All of this can lead to a … Continue reading Find Center

Known

Talking with friends last week I mentioned that I've taken just about every personality test out there, including the silly ones on Facebook. "Ooh, which Disney princess are you? [beat as Friend examines my face] Never mind, you're Belle. Definitely Belle." Spot on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu4Pzsolyhg I have seen Beauty and the Beast twice this month, three … Continue reading Known

Found!

If you attended our church this morning, you heard Guy preach this story. If you know me well, you may have heard me tell this story. Having studied Luke 15 earlier this week, this story has lingered on my heart. It has become a touchstone of faith for our family, a reminder of God's love and … Continue reading Found!

Adventures in Sunday School

I'm married to a pastor. I work on the church staff. I lead small groups for both women's and student ministries. I wasn't looking for more ways to serve. But they needed teachers, and Tween has been a student helper with the 4-year-old class. Which is better for me than the 2-year-old class; the only time … Continue reading Adventures in Sunday School

A Sheep’s Prayer

Hi, Jesus! Hmm, guess I don’t have to say “Hi,” do I? The shepherd never leaves the sheep. You’re always with me. Though the sheep sometimes wander off, don’t they? Um, don’t we? (Cough) Don’t I? Even when my feet don’t wander, I take my eyes off you. I forget you’re here. I forget you’re … Continue reading A Sheep’s Prayer