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Waiting on Island Time

Rx: Forgiveness

Infertility, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

(Pregnancy. Miscarriage.) Epiphany.

“Greenleaf’s Bull” by Jeffery Dale Starr. I call it my Epiphany. That early morning in April 2005 when I stood in front of the bathroom mirror. And the scales fell off. And I could see. We had only been in This Old McHenry House for one week when I discovered that I was pregnant for the… Read More (Pregnancy. Miscarriage.) Epiphany.

Marriage, Parenting

Not-So-Good Friday

  12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12   Good Friday at This Odd House started out “pretty good.” The kids were home from school, and… Read More Not-So-Good Friday

Spiritual Growth

When We Need to Find Hope

How does the word “Hope” fit on you? Does it roll off your tongue with a smile and a sigh? Does it wrap around your shoulders like a fuzzy afghan? Or does it catch in your throat? Does it feel prickly and irritating? Even downright painful? A knife in the back? The character “Red” (Morgan… Read More When We Need to Find Hope

This Odd House the Book, Writing

What I Took Away & What Is to Come

Last week I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For three intense days, I basked in the wisdom and wit of writers/speakers such as Bret Lott, James McBride, Anne Lamott, Richard Foster, and Rachel Held Evans. I scribbled pages of notes on subjects like Writing as Lament,… Read More What I Took Away & What Is to Come

Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its… Read More And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

This Odd House the Book

Tested by Fire

“Gold is tested by fire, people by God.” (a Chinese proverb) panic attack: an episode of intense fear that may occur as a reaction to a stressful event; specifically: one that is accompanied by four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time. My entire body was quaking.… Read More Tested by Fire

Marriage, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

Saying Good-bye to the Center of the Universe

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4). Peter’s dad was a Control Freak and the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe. Peter had warned me. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the actual experience. In February of 1999, Peter’s parents came from England to… Read More Saying Good-bye to the Center of the Universe

Marriage, This Odd House the Book

So You Want to Get Married

My What-I-Am-Looking-for-in-a-Husband List started with just a few basic traits. Christian. Intelligent. Good with Kids. Sense of Humor. And Athletic. Sounds reasonable, right? But as I moved through my twenties—marked in some way by too many men—the list expanded and morphed. Each failed relationship sent me back to the list with a bright red pen.… Read More So You Want to Get Married

This Odd House the Book

To Grow Your Soul

I am a gardening wannabe. It’s the artistic part that appeals to me. Loading my Home Depot cart with pretty plants. Then arranging them around the garden, according to size and color and shape and texture and blooming time. However—and quite unfortunately—the science side of gardening eludes me. Oh, sure, I can place the plants… Read More To Grow Your Soul

Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

20 Things I Might Have Told My 20-Something Self

Truth be told…I didn’t want to write this essay. Oh, I know. List-y essays are all the rage. That’s partly why I balked. The non-conformist in me. But, too, it feels reductionist. Because in listing out these 20 points, I am communicating—in an over-simplified sort of way—several of the ideas that I will be unpacking… Read More 20 Things I Might Have Told My 20-Something Self