Invitation to Rest

Reading about God’s invitation to rest is also an invitation to a good – healthy theology of work in this chapter from Invitations from God by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun “He didn’t intend for work to be the way people form identities or find favor with God. Work was to be an expression of who human…

Pierced ears

“Please Dad, pleeeeease?” I begged my dad to let me pierce my ears when I was a young tween. I just knew I just HAD to have my ears pierced. He always told me that I would have to wait til I was 16. But I guess my persistence paid off, because out of the…

have you been undragoned?

As I turn every page of this book (Having a Mary Spirit) I’m just so amazed at how timely it is that I’m reading this, as well as that of the sermon on Sunday [Learn to Look Within]. I reread this section below a couple times, and then a third time as I typed this…

i am martha

I am Martha… This passage immediately came to mind as I reflected on my day on Saturday night. Considering why I wasn’t fully in the  moment and enjoying the company of dear friends who drove out of their way to come to my house to make cookies. I knew the answer was Martha. I spent…

why are we so afraid to dream?

I am a dreamer. I have lots of ideas and dreams and passion(s) and hopes… I am very open about sharing my dreams…and I wonder why we, collectively, are afraid to dream. And also, why are we afraid to share our dreams? Do we doubt the dream giver? The dreams I have, I hold deeply,…

My feelings tell me next to nothing about God

My feelings are important for many things. They are essential and valuable.  They keep me aware of much that is true and real. But they tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God. My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel. Discipleship is a decision to live…

Feelings are great liars

Feelings are great liars. If Christians worshiped only when they felt like it, there would be precious little worship. Feelings are important but completely unreliable in matters of faith. Paul Scherer is laconic: “the Bible wastes very little time on the way we feel.” We live in what one writer has called the “age of…

i wish i knew what to say

i’ve logged in a few times. but i have too many things and yet a shortage of things to say all at the same time. i want to tell you everything about what’s going on. but i’m in the middle of a very steep learning curve and it’s a little tricky. so this is my…

Radiant Singleness

Excerpt from Sacred Singleness by Leslie Ludy: Rather than listening to advice and messages that breed discontentment with singleness, the best way to shed the “stigma” of being single is to joyfully and willingly receive it as the gift and opportunity that it is – becoming fully yielded to God, fully trusting that He can…

deep gladness

The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. -Frederick Buechner  

C. S. Lewis on the importance of being real

I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience etc. don’t get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children…