One day over Christmas break, our family had a decision to make. A few months earlier, sometime in September (before Peter’s stroke), I had made a reservation for us to take a little trip down to Branson, Missouri—including a two-day stop in St. Louis to visit the City Museum on the way. The problem was,… Read More 6 Steps to Making a Wise Decision
A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting around a table with a group of women at a church event, and the subject of homeschooling came up. One woman explained that she had homeschooled all five of her children from kindergarten through high school…to which another woman exclaimed, “I’m so glad that is NOT my… Read More Waiting for a Burning Bush?
Welcome to my blogger’s nightmare. A few nights ago, I sat on my bed—recovering from a nasty cold and fiddling with this blog behind the scenes. As I was trying to tweak some SEO elements (which I barely understand and have no business touching), I inadvertently and stupidly adjusted the permalink settings for This Odd… Read More A Social Media Manifesto
In a 2014 survey, the Barna Group found that three-quarters of American adults (75%) are looking for ways to live a “more meaningful life.” This simple statistic raises so many questions in my mind—the most obvious one being this: What exactly do we mean when we say that we want a “more meaningful life”? Certainly,… Read More Do You Want to Live a More Meaningful Life?
A quick Google search for “what is my calling?” yields one billion, thirty million websites for your perusal—hopefully enough information to get you pointed in the right direction. Right?! As you might imagine, the content on said websites is as varied as our understanding of the subject itself. Everyone from Forbes to Oprah to Tiny… Read More The Most Common Misconception about “Calling”
Last fall—just before Peter’s stroke—I had started a blog series on the subject of Interpersonal Communication. I haven’t forgotten about that important subject, and I plan to return to that series later this spring. But at the moment, another topic has re-captured my attention—the matter of “calling.” If you’ve ever wondered—“What am I ‘called’ to… Read More Clarify Your Calling: A New Blog Series
If you’ve spent much time at all around the Church, you probably have a bone to pick. Or two. Or ten. Yours might be a collection of smaller bones—the ill-timed word of a fellow congregant, a disagreement with the leadership over certain details, a misunderstanding that really doesn’t matter that much. Or you might be… Read More This Is Also the Church: How We Do Hesed
Happy New Year, friends! How are you? Admittedly, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve needed to spend the past couple of months focusing on getting our family through a difficult season of sudden health challenges and unexpected transitions. It’s been a lot to manage and to process. But—by the grace of God… Read More When God Is God: Our Story of a Stroke
The second in a series of blog posts on Interpersonal Communication and Relationships. So, this happened a couple of weeks ago… I was speaking at a women’s event. A few dozen beautiful faces gazed back at me as I expounded upon the healing power of Jesus in the gospel of Mark, chapter 5. Most… Read More What Does Your Face Say?
The first in a series of blog posts on Interpersonal Communication and Relationships. As children, we all learned the little ditty: “Sticks and stones may break my bones But words can never hurt me.” Then we got older, and we realized just how ridiculous that mantra really is. We learn—too often the hard way—that… Read More Why We Need to Watch Our Words