Journal

Jesus

On Good, Good Things

I awoke with a start—not knowing that Feast Table dream was about to change everything One summer night, I had a dream about a backyard table. With abundance set atop rugged wood. With chairs waiting to be filled, and a feast that was about to begin. All we had to do as believers, was pull…
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On Relevance

I wonder how many times relevant is referenced in the Bible? Curiosity bit and I was helpless but to find the answer. So off I went. Digging. Seeking. Wondering later just why that question had managed to hook me so. Because it’s zero. A big, whopping, culture-affecting zero. Relevant is an adjective we use to describe that…
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On Leadership

“Why are you at your desk?”  It was a simple question. I turned to find one of our department directors had stopped outside my cubicle. She was a kind leader and friend, one whom I still respect to this day. So I knew there was purpose in what she’d asked, and in the fact she was still waiting…
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On Politics (The Status of All Things)

There’s a book that sits on the desk in my office. It’s worn and the pages are yellowed now, after years of being read. I’ve scribbled notes in the margins. Page corners are dog-eared. I even have dates jotted in the front cover so I’ll find them the next time I seek the words that are…
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On Letting Go

I spent the better part of this week letting go. I spent the better part of this week in a garage surrounded by boxes, old clothes, nicknacks and whatnots, memories from yesteryear — and a few scary spidery insects that wanted to be friends with me. Besides the few times I screamed at the top of…
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On Exploring

EXPLORE: (v.) Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it. What do you want to explore — a new career, calling, purpose or dream? I awoke thinking about exploration this morning. Our family took a short hike through the woods yesterday and we’re planning…
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On Choices

The last thing I expected was to be handed a life lesson with my cup of to-go coffee. But that’s what I got. It was a rare morning when I had nothing immediate on my schedule, so I’d found some precious free time to run through a drive-thru. I ordered my usual mocha latte and turned to…
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On Remembrance

I’d always looked up to my grandmother She was a mentor in my life and her opinion mattered greatly to me. She also suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in her final years, which stole much from this beautiful, once active college professor — including the memories she’d built up in more than eighty years of living. We’d…
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Verse Mapping 101: Steps to Study the Bible Like Never Before

  You’re here because you want to need God’s Word. You want to learn it. To love it. To make it your oxygen and apply its promises to your daily faith walk. If you want to unpack the context of the Scriptures you’re reading but do it in a super-simple way— looking at the Hebrew/Greek…
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On Failure

What are you afraid of most, Mommy? We were driving to school and my four year-old’s question bounced up out of the back seat, catching me completely off guard. I honestly had to think about it before giving him an answer. Creepy-crawly things give me the heebie-jeebies, so I’m not partial to spiders. (I will scream…
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