We Are All Going To Die. Now What?

Embracing this fact, according to "The Teacher/Quester/Preacher" in Ecclesiastes, will help to better guide us through this life as we know it. A friend of mine prompted this topic when she gave me a copy of David Gibson's book, "Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live In Light Of The End". According to Eugene... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Failure

"Powerlessness is our greatest treasure. Don't try to get rid of it. Everything in us wants to get rid of it. Grace is sufficient for you, but not something you can understand. To be in too big a hurry to get over our difficulties is a mistake because you don't know how valuable they are from... Continue Reading →

To Expose or To Be Exposed?

Would you rather expose yourself or be exposed? In a recent interview, I was asked to discuss my weaknesses. I didn't really think I would get the job if I did that, but they probably don't want someone who thinks they are perfect, so I spilled it. It felt great. Maybe too great, since once... Continue Reading →

What Rescue Dogs Teach Us About Love

Apparently, we own a hunting dog. The bird lying on the ground in our backyard gave us an inkling. And the skunk that scurried past while our pooch simply sat on point and barked (something she rarely does)--without getting sprayed. She could beat anyone at a staring contest (as displayed), and she will sit as... Continue Reading →

Nice Job, Willow Creek :)

I've been thinking about weakness and how much God likes it. How He is drawn to it and how we should be, too. But so often, we are not. We want to hide it and run away from it. I am a member of Willow Creek Church, and I don't plan on going anywhere amidst... Continue Reading →

How To Thrive

One of my most distinct memories with Safe Families was also one of my shortest. I had the opportunity to spend two hours with a little seven-month-old boy in the hospital. He was twelve pounds. He had been brought in a few weeks prior to this and had finally gained enough weight to be discharged.... Continue Reading →

Believing We Are The Beloved

I had a hard time staring at this tattoo when I first put it on. I honestly couldn't look at it without shying away. It was as if I was looking at something I wasn't supposed to be seeing--wasn't supposed to be feeling. Am I really Beloved? Often, I don't feel like it. I don't... Continue Reading →

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