Staying out of trouble

As a kid, I didn’t really know what “trouble” was, only that grown-ups regularly told me to stay out of it, so I tried. I must have done...

Worth the Waste

“I want to be what God wants me to be. I want to do what God wants me to do. I want God to use me.” As far as I know, this is the heart...

The Cure for *Ahem* Spiritual Cough

A man started coughing in church on Sunday, and I must admit, I got a little twitchy. I tried not to look, but when he didn’t step out, I...

Pride goes…

When I was a little girl, we had a toy in our house that was, in its day, pretty high-tech.  Made of plastic, it was large, roundish, and...

Judgy

Ever wish you could gather up everyone in front of whom you had made a particular mistake, explain the error of your reasoning at the...

This Big Small Moment

After ten fun, but frenetic weeks, camp is over, and I’m stuck in that weird limbo between being ready for the rhythm of normal life and...

Bring them home!

“I just don’t see how they could act like that and call themselves a Christian.” This is a dangerous line of thinking (if I’m talking to...

Spiritual gluttons or useful servants?

Glorifying God is about so much more than pointing people in God’s general direction.  It’s about revealing His character so they will...

Too Big, Too Beautiful

For months, I’ve sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to pray in a very a specific way over Falls Creek youth camp (my husband Todd is the...

“Rain, rain…”: Wanting God

When the ground is hard, the fields won’t yield, and the cattle are parched for lack of water, we love rain.  We talk about it.  We look...

“God, help us win.”

When I was little, I played soccer and loved it.  Not to brag or anything, but in the third grade, I played an entire game as the only...

Jesus wore Mary’s face

What must it have been like to be Mary, not only to bear the Son of God, but to watch Him walk around with your face on? After all, Jesus...

For the Love of God: a desperate plea

God does not change (Malachi 3:6).  He can be persuaded through the prayers of righteous people to accomplish His purposes in a different...

When you grow up white…

When you grow up white… People of all shades grin back at you. Most of the dolls on the shelves have skin that matches yours. Your acts...