God is telling me that it is time to move on. And like Abraham, like Moses, like so many who have gone before, I must follow where my God has called me. Whatever the reasons for leaving a church—any church—the main reason should and must always be a calling from God.
Yet God, like Anna, sees us scared and alone building castles of isolation. We tell Him that we don’t need Him. We sing songs of independence. We look beautiful on the outside.
On the inside, our hearts are slowly freezing us to spiritual death.
It’s out in the garden I find life—tomatoes so beautiful and heavy they push over in their flimsy cages, cucumbers plush and delicious additions to every meal, a variety of peppers, and an aroma of herbs.
A huge kingdom in a faraway land, a beloved king with a beautiful daughter, and a handsome prince who is heir to the throne—the story has all the makings of a lovely fairy tale, yet it is a horror story. The kingdom was Israel under the rule of King David and the handsome prince wasContinue reading “The Desolate Woman: A Biblical Perspective on Rape”
To many, Jesus’ birth seems that alien, that inexplicable, and that ridiculous. The story of Immanuel (God -With-Us) is so insane that it might as well be added in the madness of the holiday season. A nativity scene nestled between Elf on a Shelf and a pink glitter reindeer—it just seems to make sense.
Did Mary have a choice? It’s a question we were batting around at Bible study last night as we discussed chapters 3-4 of Liz Curtis Higgs latest book, The Women of Christmas. One of the ladies in my study—an older lady from England—passionately stated, “We are discussing this as though Mary had a choice. TheContinue reading “The Choice Mary Made”
When I was a kid, there was no Elf on a Shelf and the threat of “you’d better behave or Santa won’t bring you anything” was rarely used in my house. But there was a little game my father and I used to play called “put the crazy 70’s elves in silly places and laughContinue reading “Santa, Elf on a Shelf, and Missing the Point”
Yesterday I had the chance to spend some time with my long-time friend, Beth. We reconnected after a God-given encounter at my church. It was reunion that has led to deeper ministry opportunities for both of us, which is why I cannot call this a “chance encounter.” It was truly a God-appointed meeting. I walkedContinue reading “Love in the Time of Vomit”
This morning I was checking out my women’s ministry’s private Facebook group and one prayer request stuck out. After a long time of waiting, a friend’s family hit a snafu. Just when it seemed like God had finally responded, that the trial was finally over, there came to a bump in the road. Normally, itContinue reading “Really God”
So I’ve been busy, and I actually mean it! No, not languishing away on my couch the victim of depression or hiding in bed because of anxiety, not even my formerly broken/still healing foot is holding me back…all that much anyway. I’m busy in the Lord, which is so much better than being busy forContinue reading “She Is Beloved”