When a seed sprouts

I once gave a lesson to my students about bearing spiritual fruit. It was a pre-fab outline from the pre-fab class I was teaching so as I prepped for the lecture, I braced myself for a boring time. After all, we were at a Christian University with a bunch of church kids. Well, I don’t … [Read more…]

Spiritual discipline and the Snooze Button

When I was a student at a Christian University we heard sermons about 4 (or more) times a week. We were privileged to sit under many good teachers and I know that my faith was strengthened during my time at school. However, as students, we used to joke that the sermons only had one takeaway: … [Read more…]

When you pray for God to provide

It’s funny how doubt creeps up behind you and latches onto your soul, like dark, silent parasite, draining away your faith. “Is God there?” “Does anyone hear me?” “What is the point of praying?” Prayer is as familiar to me as breathing, but I doubt. I really do, especially when it comes to the gritty … [Read more…]

Tipping over the scales: Finding grace when you feel like you just can’t get it right

I keep this silent tally in my head: “Oh, good job. You were patient and gentle with him. Good parenting moment.” “That was bad…really bad. You lost your temper AGAIN. Bad parenting, right there!” In my mind I see the scales, tipping back and forth, hoping that the good outweighs the bad and I can … [Read more…]

For this Dog I prayed

We got a dog. His name is Gus. He’s half lab, half dachshund (a labraweenie!) and he’s really, really great. I’m actually surprised at how much I like him…or even L-word him? (really? Am I there already?!) We’ve been talking about getting a dog for a long time, but it never seemed like the right … [Read more…]