The Blessing of Nothingness

nothing

A woman in our church just wrote a book about her life as a missionary in Papua New Guinea. We just had a lovely dedication service, and right now on our table sits a brand, spankin’ new, signed copy, waiting to be read. I haven’t actually opened it yet, but I adore the title: God … [See more…]

Why I Dress Modestly

clothes

There is a lot of buzz on the internet right now about modesty. I’m not exactly sure how this buzz got started, and I’m really not sure that it’s a good thing that it did. Christian guys and girls are both diving into this argument heart-first, and I’m not sure I like what they are … [See more…]

Impending Doom

Shark

My husband, Benjamin, and I have probably the strangest character trait in common… In most ways, the two of us are actually as different as night and day, especially in our thought processes. Then there are actually the few, not-at-all-surprising, everyone-and-their-dog-does-that traits that we share. But on top of those, there’s the one that would … [See more…]

Numbering Our Days

Happy New Year

An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold. – Chinese Proverb Well, here we are in a brand new year. It’s fresh and pristine, undefined and misty, only 8 days old. What are we going to do with it? Resolutions are a common way to figure that out, and boy, do … [See more…]

THEY Got to See Him First?!

Shepherds

What do you think you would have felt like if you had seen the shepherds that first day-after-Christmas morning, ranting and raving about angels and babies and miraculous happenings? You might have felt some awe, maybe some curiosity, maybe even a little bit of doubt at their story (ok, more realistically, a lot of doubt … [See more…]

Before Bethlehem

Nativity Scene

Other than the whole miraculous conception, angel-announced-pregnancy thing, those middle sections of the Christmas story were just like any other woman’s pregnancy. Although she had to be in utter awe of the fact that the baby kicking around inside her was God Himself, Mary still did carry Him for 9 months. Like other babies, Jesus … [See more…]