I remember distinctly the earthquake that rocked my heart as a college sophomore when I saw the guy that I had a gigantic crush on at a soccer game—with a girl. It was a moment that left me reeling for the next few weeks. It had been over a year since I had first arrived … Continue reading Gratefully Single: The Surpassing Beauty of the Lord
Gratefully Single: Where Does Singleness Come From?
Singleness is an intriguing thing. It is the natural state that we are all born into, and yet there is a strong sense that it isn’t natural at all, but rather a problem that needs to be fixed. It sounds wrong to say that, doesn’t it? And yet the overwhelming evidence seems to support that … Continue reading Gratefully Single: Where Does Singleness Come From?
Being single is not something I would ever have chosen for myself, but it is what the Lord has given me so far. Looking back over the years, I can see how He has used singleness as one of the most instrumental factors in teaching me and building my relationship with Him. Even though I … Continue reading Gratefully Single
Trashing God for Idols: What Happens When We Can’t Wait for God
Read: Exodus 32 The inciting moment of Israel's decision to make a golden calf to be their god occurs when they saw that Moses delayed to come down from Mount Sinai. It had been forty long days of staying in one place, and the children of Israel couldn't sit still and wait any longer. They … Continue reading Trashing God for Idols: What Happens When We Can’t Wait for God
The Link between Discouragement and Motive
It was the last day with my class that I had had for the whole year. We were out on the playground, enjoying the nice weather, when one of the little girls became so intent on getting up the ladder to the slide first that her sweet, innocent face contorted into a hideous expression of … Continue reading The Link between Discouragement and Motive
The Necessity of Christmas
The first glimpse of Christmas comes thousands of years before the Lord Jesus came as a baby to the virgin Mary and her husband Joseph. Adam and Eve whom God had created in His image had just disobeyed God's one command--Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of the knowledge of good and … Continue reading The Necessity of Christmas
My Christmas Journey from Emptiness to Joy
Some of my first memories of emptiness are from the Christmases of my childhood. It was after the last gifts had been opened and the beautiful wrapping lay crumpled and discarded all across the floor that the hollowness would creep across my heart like a very dark shadow. The weeks of festive anticipation came to … Continue reading My Christmas Journey from Emptiness to Joy
Deferred Hopes and Trees of Life
￼ There is a tree I love that stands next to the preschool where I teach, and though I rarely get a chance to look at it for long, I always enjoy a passing glance on my way into the chaos each morning or as I herd my group of three-year-olds up the hill to … Continue reading Deferred Hopes and Trees of Life
What but faith would make the golden leaf let go of life and whisper where she fell, it shall be well?
If my heart is a song the notes ramble far and long but like the roads that go to Rome every melody leads home to the exact same words again, again, again. .