Cultivating Discretion

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  I recently had an experience where a friend texted me and said "I will never be able to give you the details of the situation but I'm very worried about _______ and I'm asking you to pray." She later texted me to let me know that everything was going to be OK. 15 years ago, I might have persistently asked probing questions like "what is going on? Or, "Can you tell me now?" Now, however, I would like to hope I have grown more in the area of discretion so that not knowing the answers to every question or all the details about a situation is not going to be a … [Read more...]

Replacing Anxiety, Finding Identity

  For me, one of the most terrifying requests to pray is that God will reveal my sin to me and show me the areas he wants me to grow in. The reason it's so terrifying is because asking him for this requires that I am ready for how he will answer me and most of the time the answers will be uncomfortable. Over the last two years, this prayer has been answered in different ways and situations but there is a common issue at heart, and that is how I deal with fear and anxiety. I've had stomach issues since childhood. Some of them are related to food (I know … [Read more...]

Three Tips When Studying Your Bible Seems Impossible

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  With the birth of our baby in March came the usual accessories: sleepless nights, daytime fatigue, extreme emotions (crying baby and me), and we even topped it all off with some health issues for the both of us. Add to that four other darlings who need constant love and attention, and some less-than-ideal life situations and it seemed like we had the perfect storm.  I felt sapped and was so tired, and so quick to get stuck reading my Bible and getting anything out of it. I kept reading it because I knew I needed to, I wanted to dig deeper, but … [Read more...]

On Babies Lost

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I woke up in the middle of the night a few nights ago crying over babies lost. As a mother who has had to say goodbye in the past to babies in my womb, as recently as this past April, my heart hurts over women who make a choice to abort, feeling like they are trapped and alone and hopeless. One thing I wish I could tell every mother who has lost a child, by choice or not, is that I have hope and peace that passes understanding, but it is because I have Jesus. I know my God is good. He is wisdom and justice and love. He forgives the vilest of sinners, and He rejoices … [Read more...]

Children of Light

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I've been watching something playing out over the last week or so and thinking on it a lot. It's kind of a tale of two different churches. I have friends in both. (Really, it's a tale of a lot of churches, but I just want to talk about these two briefly.) One of the churches wants to talk about grace and inclusion. I like the sound of that, especially if it means people are being brought into God's family. The other church wants to talk about the truth of grace. I like hearing the truth, even if it hurts. I know not everyone feels this way, but deep down no one … [Read more...]