Praying Scripture – 4/1/2020 – Lent

5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,  and in his word I put my hope.6 I wait for the Lord  more than watchmen wait for the morning,  more than watchmen wait for the morning.7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,  for with the Lord is unfailing love  and with him is full redemption.8 He himself will redeem Israel  from all their … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 4/1/2020 – Lent

Lessons from the Mountainside

Like skiing, the practices of Lent humble me. They show me my limitations. They draw me back to my own brokenness and need for God.

Holy, Chosen, and Dearly Loved

Confession isn't primarily about focusing on how awful I am or how badly I've blown it. It's about grace and forgiveness.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

I found that as I slowed down and focused on my relationship with God during Lent, He worked in my heart in some amazing ways. Out of this season of reflection and penitence came a deeper and more profound understanding of "the good times."

The Gift of a Sleepless Night

I needed to get to sleep, but I wasn’t worried about it. I wasn’t worried about anything. Surprising, actually. I was facing my dissertation defense the next morning, but I wasn’t stressed. I wasn’t worried. My mind wasn’t spinning. I was just awake. And completely at peace. I was surrounded by an overwhelming sense of … Continue reading The Gift of a Sleepless Night

God’s Vision of “The Good Life”

Last week I asked what vision of “the good life” was driving our words and actions. While culture tells us one thing, Jesus’ words tell us something different. If we let them, they’ll turn our cultural expectations of what blessing looks like upside down. The money, power, and social acceptance that we so frequently associate … Continue reading God’s Vision of “The Good Life”

Why Do I Do the Things I Hate?

Finding an Answer I Wasn't Even Seeking Back in November I went to what my husband calls my “Bible geek conferences.” While reconnecting with friends from all over the world is probably my favorite part of these meetings, the exhibit halls full of “Bible geek books” runs a close second. I usually go with a … Continue reading Why Do I Do the Things I Hate?