When the Darkness Lifts

The last five months have been hard. Life’s been in upheaval; there have been questions and concerns and answers were slow to come. My writing–and my motivation to write–has dried up, as it often does during stressful and uncertain times (except for my journalling, which isn’t for public reading until I can look back on it with a better perspective). It’s felt fairly dark and dreary. I’ve tried to fight it; to make myself move Keep Reading…

Looking at the Future with Fear & Trust

It’s a new year. People are inspired to make resolutions, set goals, or choose a word to define their upcoming year. I don’t feel that settled to be able to do that. I’m not good at goal setting or resolutions and I don’t even remember if I chose a word for last year. There was a Facebook app I clicked on a few weeks ago that promised to give me a word to define my Keep Reading…

Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds and Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason

They say that time heals all wounds. That’s a lie. When I was six years old, I sliced open my left foot in a freak accident while riding my bike. More than thirty years later, I still have a scar. The skin is thinner there, and, I suspect, more vulnerable to another cut than other parts of my body where the skin is thicker and there are no scars. I’m also not a believer in Keep Reading…

Is the Good News Really Good News?

We’re now halfway through the class I am teaching at church about Luke’s gospel. Six weeks. Twelve chapters. A lot of questions. The biggest question of all that I have is “Do we really take this seriously?” For all our talk about the importance of Jesus and the Bible, I’m not sure we really do. In chapter four of Luke’s gospel, Jesus makes two statements that frame his entire ministry: And he stood up to Keep Reading…

Is Your Light Shining or Blinding?

The other day, I sat in the chilly morning air on my deck, coffee in hand. It was still dark out, but as I sat in the quiet of the early morning, somewhere behind me the sun was rising and the darkness was fading. It struck me, at that moment, how gradual it was. Now, that’s pretty obvious to everyone, but noticing it at that particular moment turned my thoughts to references to light in Keep Reading…

It Is Well With My Soul…Except When It Is Not

I’m not much of a singer (cue my sisters and mother laughing knowingly) and most of the time, really don’t care much for music. For weeks, maybe months now, I’ve stood still in church during singing time, sipping coffee, looking at my watch, leaving to go to the bathroom or get a drink, or simply sitting down and reading my Bible or writing in my journal. Often, I find I am bored singing what seems Keep Reading…

When You Have “Quiet Time,” but not Silence

The other day, Frank Viola posted this on his Facebook page and asked for some responses. Just got an email from someone who complained about Christians in their 20s and 30s. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, read this and answer the question I ask below. I won’t give away who this person is, though they are well known. “Hi Frank. I read your survey results for Christians in their 20s & 30s and Keep Reading…

The Words Will Come

On Monday, I finished reading¬†Invitation to Solitude and Silence*. In the last chapter, Ruth Haley Barton writes: “For me, productivity can no longer be measured solely by numbers of things–number of books written, number of new messages prepared and delivered, number of retreats led, number of people evangelized. Plenty of that is still happening, but that is no longer the way I measure success. Success for me now is measured by whether I am living Keep Reading…

When the Words Won’t Come

I haven’t blogged in some time. I’ve only written a couple of thousand words in my novel in months. With work and the kids being home for the summer it’s just been one distraction after another. Even this simple blog post has taken me days to write, because I’m trying to “write in the margins” and those margins are quite narrow. I often wonder what I am doing wrong that I can’t quite keep up Keep Reading…