At the end of 2016, my mind took a dangerous turn onto the road of suicidal thoughts. Experts say that if you have developed a plan for how to kill yourself, it's an emergency. I had developed a few plans. I knew that if I didn't get help, my family would be burying me long … Continue reading Seeing a psychiatrist saved my life
It is not unusual for Christians to question God when we suffer and when we observe evil in the world. But Good Friday offers good lessons for those who grapple with a circumstance God has the power to prevent. That's because the crucifixion of Christ was one of the most preventable events in human history. … Continue reading Why does God allow preventable things?
I've spent the past three days staring at the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of a condo at Kiawah Island. There's nothing quite like spending time with God as nature stares back, speaking truth. You'll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. Micah 7.19 (MSG) That's where God wants our sins. Thrown where … Continue reading What does it mean to cover sin?
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living
Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it's great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle … Continue reading School In. Peace Out.
I hated the idea of becoming a grandmother when my first grandchild was born three years ago today. Of course I was thrilled that my daughter was becoming a mother, but me? A grandma? I was 51, "too young," and too prideful to see myself as "old" like that. For me, being a grandmother was … Continue reading The Day He Called Me Gramma