Is Meditation an Important Part of the Christian Life? | A Quick Tutorial

Is Meditation an Important Part of the Christian Life?

Sunday Scripture Have you ever wished you could open the Bible and read it for the first time? What if you could hear the words with new ears and see them with new eyes? How would it feel to rediscover the words you've heard for so long that you've stopped hearing them, like the sock… Continue reading Is Meditation an Important Part of the Christian Life? | A Quick Tutorial

The One and Only Safe Place to Go with Your Weakness

The Only Safe Place to Go With Your Weakness

Sunday Scripture It's a rough school day that ends with a show down in science class. Corporal punishment has been banished from the classroom, but sometimes it's the teacher who takes a beating. "Whatever made me think I could do this job?" I wondered, collapsing into weakness on the drive home. My best efforts with… Continue reading The One and Only Safe Place to Go with Your Weakness

10 Important Things You Can’t Assume Your Teen Already Knows

You Can't Assume Your Teen Already Knows

After only five minutes in the presence of my granddaughter, I've already concluded that I don't have nearly enough ruffles and sequins in my closet. Of course, I recover quickly enough, not being even remotely a ruffles and sequins kind of woman, but that doesn't stop me from delighting in her girliness and her love… Continue reading 10 Important Things You Can’t Assume Your Teen Already Knows

What Does God Want Me to Know (And to Do!) About My Anxiety?

What does God want me to know about my anxiety?

Sunday Scripture A letter from the IRS claims space in your mailbox. The doctor orders more tests but is light on details or prognosis. Your boss hints that your performance might not be measuring up. Chances are just the suggestion of any one of these scenarios is enough to make your stomach churn and your… Continue reading What Does God Want Me to Know (And to Do!) About My Anxiety?

How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

How to Pray for Your Teen

For one short season of our parenting journey, my husband and I felt as if we were hanging on to the reins of a runaway horse. Daily battles over curfews and negotiations around boundary lines had taken the place of warm conversation and laughter around the table. We mourned the loss as we searched for… Continue reading How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

Sunday Scripture I despise looking for things. As a mum, my least favorite words in the English language are, "Muu-uuum, where's my [fill in the missing item]?" I go to great lengths, personally, to avoid ever having to look for things: keys always in the same purse pocket, phone plugged in, glasses on my face… Continue reading How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

Persevere in Hope Even When Everything Feels Too Hard

Perseverance is so much more than simply hanging on.

It's a chilly April morning, and Tucker and I galumph our way around the wooded path that circles the land behind our home. Along the path, a little beech tree stands alone, fully clothed in a grove of naked but budding alders. Every little breeze stirs a papery rustle as her brown leafy hands greet… Continue reading Persevere in Hope Even When Everything Feels Too Hard

So You Want to Be Relevant? Commit to Taking God at His Word!

So, You Want to Be Relevant?

I’ve heard it many times and from the most unexpected sources: “I try to read the Bible, but . . . it doesn’t seem to say anything to me.  I don’t understand what I’m reading.  It doesn’t help me, so I end up quitting . . “ Set this response beside David’s from Psalm 119:… Continue reading So You Want to Be Relevant? Commit to Taking God at His Word!

Do We Still Need to Know the Ten Commandments Today?

Do We Still Need to Know the Ten Commandments?

Christians, even the most devout, have an uneasy relationship with the Old Testament. We rhapsodize over the psalms and spin heroic tales from Israel's hall of fame, but to be honest, we're queasy over discussions of slavery, God-sanctioned Canaanite slaughter, the exclusion of women from worship spaces, and all manner of bizarre customs. We're far… Continue reading Do We Still Need to Know the Ten Commandments Today?

When Obstacles Become Part of Your New and Good Story

When Obstacles Become Part of Your Story

Sunday Scripture When I am serving as a substitute teacher, I'm often intrigued by the books I find sitting on the desktops of the teachers I am helping. Sometimes there is even time for me to skim a chapter or to scan the table of contents and to be inspired. On a middle school math… Continue reading When Obstacles Become Part of Your New and Good Story