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For Your Weekend: An Advent Inspired by John the Baptist

[…] proclaiming the extraordinary deed of God, we can be beacons of light in the darkness. We should seize the opportunity to introduce people to the gospel's good news and share with others how our lives have been transformed because of our relationship with Christ. Is there someone that you can invite to join you […]

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Count the Stars

[…] Just as Abram looked in the sky to imagine how his family was to grow, our thoughts centered on the spiritual multiplication we long to see in world. How many of us have heard the discouraging statistics about youth and religion? Those dire stats are real, but last week, I witnessed what many claim […]

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3 Tips for Keeping Above Water When You Feel Tested

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently […]

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Just Wait, That's All.

It was 11 PM and pitch dark as I crept up Signal Mountain for the first time. My best friend had warned me that the path to her new Tennessee home was lined with hairpin turns. Although I heeded this warning, I also shrugged it off due to my decent amount of experience driving […]

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Jesus Is The Prize

[…] to find my head spinning as I try to figure out what He was saying.  One story has left me perplexed for years. It comes from Mat thew 8:  Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe came up and said to […]

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Accepting Mistakes and Making Peace With Your Past

“Terrible” was her response to the question, “How was your afternoon?”  “Oh, no, what happened?” I asked my friend, expecting to learn of an argument with her teenager or a run in with a crazy neighbor. But it wasn't either of these things. It wasn't even an actual thing that had happened. (Not in […]

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For Your Weekend: The Things I Have Failed To Do

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 25:31–46 Have you ever wanted to crawl out of the confessional? I have, just a few weeks ago, when loving words of correction on the other side of the screen were interpreted as, “You idiot, don’t you know anything?” Caught off guard, I debated dropping to […]

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For Your Weekend: The Cry of Trust

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 26:14–27:66 One of my favorite things about being a woman is the way in which our universal experience of both heartache and joy can connect our hearts even when we don’t know each other well. I just had that kind of an experience with a woman […]

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This Too Shall Pass

[…] is not uncommon for well-meaning friends to assure me that, “This too shall pass.” But I have to wonder...will it? I think we say this out of the goodness of our hearts. No one enjoys seeing a loved one suffer. It is good to offer encouragement to a weary soul. However, it is important […]

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Why We Need Jesus

[…] impossible, to be as good as God wanted her to be. She gave a big nod of agreement. And then we got to the good part-the good news. Every time our children (or we) mess up, it's an opportunity to be drawn to the Cross. My daughter was right-it is impossible to be as […]

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