Tonight I made a delicious dinner of Five-Spice Ribs in my Instant Pot. I ate alone because I had homework to do and my family was out of the house for a couple of hours. As I ate, I had to pick through the typical stuff you encounter when eating ribs: bone, fat, etc. (Sorry … More How to conquer evil. (Hint: It has nothing to do with the election)
I remember my wedding day vividly, though it was almost twenty-five years ago. As a young bride, I dreamed of the moment I turned to face the mirror and saw myself adorned from head-to-toe in white. My veil was handmade, a tiara of tiny white blossoms and beads with layers of tulle cascading to my … More The Most Beautiful Wedding Dress
It feels like it has been months since I’ve had time to sit down and write. The past few weeks have been full to the brim with boxes, packing tape, anticipation, and then unpacking the mountain of stuff that piled, haphazardly, in my garage awaiting rediscovery. I was tempted to haul it all off, to … More Home at Arundelle Green
I awakened with the sun, long shadows stretching across the dew-drenched grass. Pink azaleas opened wide to receive the morning as birdsong filled the air, almost drowning out the drone of distant traffic on the highway just over the distant rise. We have been promised suffering this week. This week of all weeks, in which … More The Grace Side
Let’s not waste this season. Let’s learn what God is teaching us through this massive slow-down. … More The Virus Before the Virus
Am I a vessel through which His love flows freely, or a dam that selfishly holds things in check out of fear or distrust that there will be enough to go around…enough of me, enough of Him, enough of whatever it is I hold selfishly against my chest and refuse to let go?Am I wild with distrust, desperately grasping for control and fearful of what tomorrow holds? Or am I at peace in the core of my soul, knowing that tomorrow is in His hands and that, live or die, I will ultimately live? … More A Simple Prayer
A Life of Simple Joys hasn’t felt very joyful lately, and that’s ok. It’s real life. There is no joy in recognizing the reality of suffering in our most vulnerable populations, but there IS joy in seeing God move and seeing His people step in to the fight. There is great joy in looking into the eyes of a rescued survivor and seeing the light of redemption glowing within.I’m not going to completely stop writing about these hard things, but I will sprinkle hard truth with hope. … More Exposing Beauty
I do. I felt the weight on my chest as I hit the snooze button again. A week into this forty day commitment and the stories that beg to be shared are overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to tell you today. I asked God to show me as I eased out of bed, graced … More Do You Feel the World is Broken?
Jesus was not white. I remember the moment I realized that. I was watching a documentary many years ago about archeological evidence supporting the Bible. They were taking the Shroud of Turin and, from it, reconstructing what the Son of God might have looked at. Now, I realize that the details of his appearance are … More On Truth and Shedding False Filters
When someone becomes a Christian, one of the many gifts they receive is that of Priest in the Kingdom of God. For me, as a woman, that sounds and feels a little weird, I’ll admit. But, nonetheless, it is true… …and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory … More R.E.S.P.E.C.T.