Spiritual Growth

Making Sense of Suddenly Slammed Doors

One week ago life was falling nicely into place. On June 15 we signed a contract to sell our home on Green Street. The price was agreeable. We survived the inspection. And we set about to make the requested repairs. The only variable still in negotiation was the fireplace. So in the midst of scheduling… Read More Making Sense of Suddenly Slammed Doors

Spiritual Growth, The House

Lift Up Your Eyes

I asked God for a house showing. I didn’t pray for a contract. I didn’t need an offer. Just one showing would do. It seemed to me like a simple fleece.   Let me back up a minute. You might remember that in February we started to homeschool our son, Daryl (7). (Hence, my three-month… Read More Lift Up Your Eyes

Spiritual Growth, Theology

The Savior of the World

Last week I had the honor of speaking during one of the afternoon sessions at Founder’s Week, an annual Bible Conference at Moody Bible Institute. The theme for the week was “No One Like Him” from Isaiah 40, a powerful passage that details what our Lord has done as Creator and Sustainer of the universe.… Read More The Savior of the World

Good Health, Spiritual Growth

10 Tips Toward Making Resolutions that Stick

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,  so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the… Read More 10 Tips Toward Making Resolutions that Stick

Spiritual Growth

4 Characteristics of God's Call

I don’t know if it’s the impending New Year or my current life circumstances or just my general penchant for new projects and plans, but I’ve been thinking a lot about “calling” again—mulling over the concept, talking with students and friends who are straining to hear theirs, as well as reevaluating my own. So, because… Read More 4 Characteristics of God's Call

Parenting, Spiritual Growth

For All the Freshmen

They arrived today. With their baskets of bedding and their neat stacks of notebooks and their brand new jeans. They came to our campus with their snarled up stomachs and their wide wet eyes and all of their hopes and dreams. They arrived with their siblings and parents and friends, who filled up their fridges… Read More For All the Freshmen

Spiritual Growth

So Long, Sweet Summer

  Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with righteousness. Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgements. Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers,… Read More So Long, Sweet Summer

Spiritual Growth

He’s Up to Something

  I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed… Read More He’s Up to Something

Spiritual Growth

Life Begins All Over Again

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby   If you’ve seen the Disney movie Big Hero 6, you undoubtedly remember… Read More Life Begins All Over Again

Spiritual Growth, The House

Whatsoever Things: Finding Peace in the Midst of the Crazy

I’m still here! Really, I am—although I accept that my April “return to blogging” after my three-month hiatus was underwhelming, to say the least. The past several weeks at This Odd House have been full of end-of-semester teaching responsibilities, end-of-school-year kiddo activities, several speaking engagements, and book editing. Then, in the midst of all the… Read More Whatsoever Things: Finding Peace in the Midst of the Crazy