What God As A Baby Says About Burnt Dinner And Broken Toys

Jesus, I've been waiting to talk to you. Waiting until the topic was big enough to matter. Waiting to hear your opinion on an issue more significant than laundry. But the other day, while I folded my clothes before bed, I realized something. You're not simply a God of big, abstract, distant things. You're a … Continue reading What God As A Baby Says About Burnt Dinner And Broken Toys

What I Told Our Four Year Old About Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, and I feel compelled to mourn. Confused, grieving and very lost early in the day, I’m sure Jesus’ disciples felt the same way, and much worse. I can only imagine they had no clue where to turn as they watched their leader, their friend spend the day dying. But by three in the afternoon, … Continue reading What I Told Our Four Year Old About Good Friday

The Toxic Church And Why We Still Need Confession

Two weeks ago, my husband preached about confession and its healing qualities at church. Afterward, I was like, "Babe, that was heavy." It bothered me a little that I thought of confession in such a dark light. During morning prayer earlier this week, I asked God to talk to me about confession and what it was … Continue reading The Toxic Church And Why We Still Need Confession

The One Reason Jesus Might Be Mad At You

The preacher at my childhood church used to yell during his sermons. I remember being scared of him. But it was a charismatic church in the 80s, and maybe that's how God talked back then. I've been nervous to hear from God most of my life, and perhaps my old pastor is to blame. I … Continue reading The One Reason Jesus Might Be Mad At You

You Can Come Out of Timeout Now

If you stop by my house at any given time, you might find my three year old in timeout. He's there at least once a day. It's the only place where he can have his little universe interrupted, calm down and realize he is not in charge. Timeout is a strategic tool to change behavior … Continue reading You Can Come Out of Timeout Now

How To Make A Monster: On Preventing School Violence

In two short years, my son will be a member of the United States school system. After this past week, I'm terrified. Shouldn't I be? Last Wednesday, 16 year old high school sophomore, Alex Hribal, gripped two straight kitchen knives in his hands as he walked the halls of Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, stabbing … Continue reading How To Make A Monster: On Preventing School Violence

What If Fred Is In Heaven?

I was 19 the first time I encountered the Westboro Baptist Church. I lived in Kansas, but somehow, I never knew about them until I drove past one of their neon protests one Sunday afternoon, only a few miles from my house. I'd never seen people so proud of hate, displayed on placards, shouted at … Continue reading What If Fred Is In Heaven?

What We Do Not Celebrate, We Often Scorn

Maybe you didn't realize it, but someone else told you what to believe is beautiful. And you probably bought it. We are told by those in power, whether in religion, economics, government, education or media, whether or not we are free to like and enjoy a type of person or thing, or not. Usually only … Continue reading What We Do Not Celebrate, We Often Scorn

The Power of Gentleness

Maybe you don't know the power of gentleness, but God does. And God is dealing with you gently. It's a start contrast between how we treat ourselves. We often handle ourselves with aggression and frustration, throwing ourselves around the room, even threatening ourselves if we can't change, stop screwing up, get it right. But Jesus … Continue reading The Power of Gentleness

Just Apply Compassion {A Guest Post}

{Today we hear from journalist and blogger Tiffany Roney on the topic of forgiveness and a little secret she learned to let go of pain and hurt. When she sent this post to me a few weeks ago, I had no idea it would powerfully work its way into my life with perfect timing. Tomorrow I … Continue reading Just Apply Compassion {A Guest Post}