Perseverance in Suffering

Has any time or season of suffering caused you to question or doubt God? When this question was raised in my Bible study group it elicited powerful responses, stories of Cancer. Addiction. Murder. Depression. Suicide. Death. Rejection. Pain. Sadness. My group is a pretty typical cross-section of American women who seem to have suffered extraordinary pain, but is such adversity really …

Honor Thy Birth Mother and Father: Reflections of an Adoptive Mother on Her Daughter’s Birthday

Adoption is a part of our family's story as it is for millions of other families. As an adoption counselor once wisely told me: Without God adoption makes no sense. In this and future posts on adoption we will wrestle honestly and vulnerably with this truth. Thank you to my She Speaks 2015 prayer partner and now friend, …

Lured by Bright and Shiny Things

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 I sit before our Christmas tree, sparkling with lights and adorned with bright and shiny packages, waiting for my kids to wake …

The 15-Second Challenge

15-second challenge

"Leave an extravagant tip."  "Offer to pray with him right now." "Buy her coffee." "Share the story of what I did for you." You've heard these whispers, felt these prompting to do good. Usually it's something that costs you little more than a couple minutes of time and a bit of vulnerability. How consistently do you obey? My teaching leader at …

The Great Weaver: A Story with a Punchline

  To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3 Last week I shared this …