Category: religion

  • The Trap of Comparison

    The Trap of Comparison

    “Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt When I write a story, my characters face an obstacle they must overcome if they are to find their joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment, whatever. Fill in the blank. Oftentimes, our source of misery comes from comparing ourselves to others. Like Theodore Roosevelt’s quote says, the comparison game […]

  • Future Book: A Boy and His Mom: The Hidden Blessings of Autism

    Future Book: A Boy and His Mom: The Hidden Blessings of Autism

    If you know someone with autism, you know someONE with autism. My journey this past decade of raising a son with autism has not always been easy. I’ve wondered how God thought I could handle our situation, cried for my son to be cured, and prayed every day. In all this, I have found the […]

  • When God Shows Up

    “I need You; oh, I need You.”  I tried to stop the lyrics from playing in my head. I didn’t want to hear them. “Every hour I need you.” Yet they persisted. “My one Defense, my Righteousness. Oh, God, how I need You.” (“Lord, I Need You,” Matt Maher) But I didn’t want to need […]

  • It’s Okay to Crash

    It’s Okay to Crash

    You might crash sometimes, and it might hurt. But you don’t have to burn. Maybe you’ve been burning the wick at both ends for too long, but don’t worry–you won’t use up all your fuel. What’s fuelling you? Motivation? Inspiration? Obligation? A few weeks ago, I wrote that it was okay to breathe. I shared […]

  • It’s Okay to Breathe

    It’s Okay to Breathe

    …In fact, it’s good for you. Yes. Breathing is essential, a very basic need for survival. But I’m talking about breathing in more than the physical, life-giving sense. Do you ever feel like you just can’t catch up in your own race? Or that you’re running that marathon in circles, ever-doomed to repeat the same […]

  • Simple Commandments

    We want justice– Social, personal. Fairness. Yet within the church– Brokenness. One story, two sides. Both carry some truth, But the opposing side can’t– Or won’t– See the other side’s truth Or understand their story. Hurt. Brokenness. Misunderstanding. It shouldn’t be this way. Jesus weeps– The cracks his tears create Spill out his love In […]

  • Reflection: Have I Seen Heaven?

    If you ask me if I’ve seen Heaven, I’ll tell you yes. Yes. Glimpses. But yes, oh, yes. My friends and I playing in the shade of 100-year-old trees in my backyard in 1985, that summer seems endless–laughter, swinging, sliding, playing in the water, clapping games. Even though she’s been gone twenty-five years, Grandma’s voice […]

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  • Poetry Tuesday/Journey Through Lent – Good Friday

    Why should we feel at a loss When we see Him hanging from a cross? With His life he did pay For the sins we commit every day. We can sit here and ask why Our Prince of Peace had to die. Maybe our minds will one day realize That if we truly open our […]

  • Journey Through Lent – My Prayer to the World

    I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for fulfillment of my personal, selfish desires, but to be a seeker of Your wisdom and a follower of Your faith. I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for Your wrath upon my enemies, but to ask for Your help in letting go of […]