How to Find Joy in Hospitality

I was a freshman in college when our dorm mother invited our entire freshman hall to her home for a Christmas party. Twenty nineteen-year-old girls descended on her warmly lit, apple-spice-fragranced home one evening for homemade lasagna. Now, I loved dorm-life—the late nights, the practical jokes, the way there was always someone to talk to—but... Continue Reading →

The Cure for Loneliness

As followers of Christ, we are in Christ alone, but we are not alone in Christ. God is in the business of building His Church, redeeming His Bride, assembling a Body from every tribe, tongue and nation to stand before His throne united in worship to the Lamb who was slain to take away the... Continue Reading →

The Lesson I Didn’t Intend to Teach

When my firstborn was about a year old, trips to the store became challenging. She had always been quite verbal, but she began to take her babbling to new, demanding decibels after half an hour strapped into a shopping cart. Her protests became loud enough that one day, after repeatedly hissing, “Shhh!” I pulled out... Continue Reading →

For All the Haves and Have Nots

Do you struggle to be content when you look at photos of your Facebook friends’ home renovations or beach vacations? Or do you fight the desire to show off your own material blessings to impress others? Both? If so, you are in good company. Or maybe not good company, but certainly lots of company. I... Continue Reading →

“Don’t Touch My Baby!”

Your children don’t belong to you. Okay, technically you do have ownership over your children, but ultimately they belong to Someone else entirely. The Lord gave me this reminder one day while I sat shaking in the Goodwill parking lot. He pulled the reigns on my renegade fear and anger and offered me truth. The... Continue Reading →

Habit and Love

I remember being about ten years old when I advised my younger sister not to read the Bible every day unless she really wanted to, because God didn’t want her to do it just out of habit. I’m not entirely sure how I came to that conclusion myself, but as a child growing up in... Continue Reading →

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