Saul’s Lament, John’s Delight

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on July 13, 2019. You can find it here.) It's startling how quickly anointing can become annoyance in ministry life. The king groaned and closed his window to shut out the jubilant roars. Responsibility weighed heavy on his shoulders, and now heaps... Continue Reading →

It Is Well

The story of Horatio Spafford reads much like that of Job in the Bible, compounding calamity upon calamity at what seems to the average onlooker a bizarre rate. A crushed career. His city ablaze. Financial ruin. Four daughters drowned at sea. A son—his namesake—taken by scarlet fever. And from the depths of this man on... Continue Reading →

A Deeper Turning

Repentance: (n) to reorient away from sin and toward God; effective for kingdom entrance and daily maintenance of spiritual vitality Last January, God began working on me in the area of repentance. He gently pointed out that I had no idea what it was meant to be, how I was dismissing one of the greatest... Continue Reading →

More Curious Than Certain

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on March 4, 2019. You can find it here.) "To be, or not to be?" "What's love got to do, got to do, with it?" "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?" Questions have always held a deep fascination for me,... Continue Reading →

The Glory of Coming Undone

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on January 28, 2019. You can find it here.) Go-getter. Independent. Fearless. Capable. In the American economy, these are titles worth striving for, and strive we do. We strive until our peace is shot-through with bullet holes, our families have learned to... Continue Reading →

Quenched

We had a bit of a family health scare this fall when my father-in-law was rushed to the hospital. (This is no measly man, either, people—he's a big-boned firefighter with a fondness for Harleys and construction work.) The culprit? Dehydration. No matter how strong or fit we may be, our bodies need water to survive,... Continue Reading →

Sorting and Settling

So you've sat with your mess for a while. The jumble of life (inward, outward, or both) has been bravely acknowledged. You've managed to draw close to Jesus in the middle of the chaos, and He assures you it has no power to define who you are. What a cool place to start untangling the... Continue Reading →

Heart Strings

You know that season of life where everything falls into place? Where each responsibility is a personal joy and gets fulfilled with prompt excellence? The season that allows you to balance work and rest, and where both are equally satisfying? Where birds harmonize with your cheerful wake-up tune and laundry folds itself? Oh. It sounds... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Checkup

Dentist appointments. Eye exams. Annual physicals. Though not particularly fun, they are helpful. We're not talking anything earth-shattering or life-changing here; just routine evaluations to keep the body as healthy as possible. Many people don't think twice about prioritizing their physical well-being in scheduling these checkups (while I haven't been to a dentist in the... Continue Reading →

God’s Bucket List

As soon as people witness my dance skills (read, "my inadvertent ability to impersonate an epileptic chicken"), they write me off as ye average white girl. And they are very, very right. So it surprises many that a significant portion of my childhood was spent on Kauai, a world whirling with island rhythm and swishing... Continue Reading →

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