Spiritual Formation

Rx: Forgiveness

Forgiveness should be a fairly familiar concept for all of us.It’s a practice that we each come face-to-face with on a regular — perhaps, daily — basis. We have no choice really. Any human relationship of any consequence requires truckloads of it. We wrong each other repeatedly — in ways both small and large, inconsequential… Read More Rx: Forgiveness

Spiritual Formation

How Women Encounter the Love of Christ

Do women experience their relationship with God differently than men do? If so, in what ways? And what does that mean for our churches? For our ministries and our sermons? And for the way that pastors lead? Today I’m writing over at PastorResources.com about the particular way Jesus ministered to women.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Spiritual Formation

When the Wait Is Worth It

Are you waiting for anything right now? The next life event? An answer to prayer? The end of a particular pain? Today I have the honor of writing again about the theme of waiting, this time over at Elisa Morgan’s blog, Really!  Join me there as I reflect on what it’s like to wait when you’re… Read More When the Wait Is Worth It

Spiritual Formation, Writing & Communication

Pierced and Embraced Releases Today!

We are a love-thirsty people. We try so many ways to satiate those longings that we live with, but ultimately only one source—the living water—will satisfy.   A couple of years ago my husband Peter and I wrote a little book called 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves. It started as a blog post,… Read More Pierced and Embraced Releases Today!

Spiritual Formation

Join Me in James

For me, the month of July has been all about re-ordering my life in several important ways. I’ll share more about that in future posts… But this morning I just wanted to take a minute and invite you over to my Facebook page. One element of my “re-ordering” has been the re-establishment of a more meaningful… Read More Join Me in James

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

When Mother’s Day Is a Matter of Life and Death

On Mother’s Day 2004 I made the silly mistake of going to church. By that time my husband Peter and I had been floundering in the stormy sea of infertility for over two years, and I was tired. Depression was weighing me down—anger, too—as we rode wave after wave. The monthly swell of hope, then… Read More When Mother’s Day Is a Matter of Life and Death

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves

  It often happens this way. Peter and I are asked to speak on the subject of marriage, and our own relationship comes under particular attack. Sometimes it comes in the form of a full frontal assault, a crisis beyond our control. But more often the enemy sends in stealth bombers—our own poor choices, rogue… Read More 20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves

Spiritual Formation

At the Empty Tomb

So on this, the first day of the week, Mary comes to the tomb with the spices that she has carefully prepared. But she is not alone. Other women are with her, all undoubtedly traumatized and frightened and floundering in a flood of grief. It is early in the morning, so early that the garden… Read More At the Empty Tomb

Spiritual Formation

10 Ways to Observe Good Friday

photo credit: St. Stephen’s Church, London, England It’s here. The weekend we have been waiting for! This most important celebration on the Christian calendar. This pinnacle of the liturgical year. I don’t know what’s been happening in your household, but our kids have been counting down the days. In part, because of Jesus’ Resurrection. In… Read More 10 Ways to Observe Good Friday

Spiritual Formation

God As Lion

The only lions I have ever met have lived at the zoo. I’ve only respected and admired these creatures from a safe distance, through iron fences and thick glass. Encountering one up-close-and-personal would be an entirely different matter. Can you imagine? For one thing, lions are the second largest cats in the world, passed only… Read More God As Lion