My Daily Practice For Facing Down Fear

How do you deal with fear? This is the question I’m asked more than others. It makes sense. After facing my mortality, fear became a regular—albeit unwelcome—factor in my daily life. It paralyzed me. I couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t think or function beyond the terrifying “What if … ?” After all, this human life supplies good […]

Gratitude Requires Care

I didn’t expect his answer. Something childish and silly, yes. Not this. Moments before, he’d said little-boy goodbyes to our lingering Thanksgiving guests. Then he climbed the curved staircase and stepped into his pajamas, brushed his teeth. A total of twenty-four people had joined the feast in our home. Although extended family couldn’t join us […]

The Only Valentine That Matters

“But Zion said, ‘The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.’” Isaiah 49:15-16 There […]

Disappointed

I typically avoid late night blog posts or poignant memos (A-hem: Jerry Maguire). Can’t help myself tonight. Today’s conversation at re:create (which actually began two days ago and continued right on through tonight) left me with thoughts which require spilling. I’ll start with a confession: I’m achingly disappointed in church. Have been for quite a […]

Seven4Seven: Week 4

This week was a trip! Genesis stuns me with the wealth of story, adventure, travel, family dysfunction, deception, belief, disbelief, obedience, disobedience and grace. A lot of real life is lived in these pages, held together by the consistent thread of God’s activity and faithfulness. Boosts my hope in God’s ability to redeem any person […]