Lordship and Lollipops

Sifting back through some old blog posts from when we first moved to New England, I ran across this gem and thought I'd share it with you lovely people. No one laughs at God in a hospital;No one laughs at God in a war.(Regina Spektor) Here’s something you might not know about me: I’m a... Continue Reading →

Dismantling Old Monsters

I passed the monster every morning for a year. And I'm not speaking metaphorically here—it was a massive red, hulking thing draped in a cloak, and it waited for me in the piano room when the house was asleep. I was a high school band kid, up before anyone else so I could get to... Continue Reading →

God in the Dark

"If you feel lonely, turn off every light in the house and watch a horror movie. Pretty soon, you won't feel alone anymore." (Pinterest meme) Since confession is good for the soul, you should know that I was scared of the dark until my mid-twenties. A full-time pastor's wife with a college education sleeping with... Continue Reading →

When Clouds Cheer

I wonder if this scenario sounds familiar. You've found a moment quiet enough to hear yourself think. It might be in the middle of the night, or maybe it's when the rush of the day has paused. Your mind wanders to what God has called you to, whether general Christian obedience or a more specific... Continue Reading →

When Jesus Messed Up

I was born with a desperate need for perfection. I hate having to admit I was wrong about anything; as I'm wrong fairly often, it's a vicious way to live. The most constructive criticism or even the softest suggestion tears away at my ego, hinting that I should have known better, should have chosen better... Continue Reading →

Only the Lonely

It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, but if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the... Continue Reading →

When the Bubbles Pop

Bubbles are oddly fascinating to me. Iridescent, perfect, and more fragile than seems possible. No matter how ugly life gets, they float effortlessly with ease and beauty. In case you didn't know it, today is National Hugging Day. And also in case you didn't know it, I'm not naturally a hugger. One of my favorite... Continue Reading →


Masquerade! Paper faces on paradeMasquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find youMasquerade! Every face a different shadeMasquerade! Look around, there's another mask behind you Take your turn, take a rideOn the merry-go-round in an inhuman raceEye of gold, eye of blueTrue is false, who is who? Masquerade! Grinning yellows, spinning redsMasquerade! Take... Continue Reading →

Scary Big Dreams

Remember when you were little, how your dreams of what you would become when you grew up were so big? Astronauts, ballerinas, presidents: kids are encouraged to dream big about their futures, to pursue their goals with gusto. But somewhere between “I want to be a movie star!” and a 401k, we lose something of... Continue Reading →

The Beast Named Abandonment

Abandonment is defined as “being left completely and finally; forsaken utterly; deserted.” Stated in such cold, clinical terms, it can lack much feeling. But when those terms have skin on them, when they have gotten to know you down to the core of who you are, when they have drawn you into a place of... Continue Reading →

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