A few years ago, I decided one of my goals was to run a half-marathon. I'd been an avid runner for many years but had never gone above a 10k. Then in the summer of 2018, I suffered a knee injury from which my doctor assured me while, yes, I would recover, my running days … Continue reading When Knowledge Becomes Sin
This is my favorite time of year. After a long, hot New Mexico summer, there's a certain relief when fall finally arrives. The nights get cool, the leaves change hue, and I can finally-FINALLY-wear jeans without feeling as I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. But also...it's spooky season. Ever since I was … Continue reading You Have Nothing to Fear…Except for God.
When we think of heroes of the faith, there are many names that come to mind. Abraham, Noah, David, Peter, Paul. But one man who doesn't get enough credit is John. No, not John the disciple. I'm talking about the other John, the original John, the first John (okay, not, like, the first John ever … Continue reading The Most Faithful Doubter In History
My daughter loves to pray. There is no sweeter sound in the world to me than her small voice speaking to Jesus. What's even sweeter is that she's still learning to pray so much of her verbiage comes from words and phrases she's heard others speak. She ends every prayer with "in Your Mighty and … Continue reading I Want To Be God’s Favorite
My ten year-old son is not a singer. Don't get me wrong. He likes music. He'll often ask to listen to specific songs, but he usually sits in quiet reflection while they play rather than in animated karaoke (which is much more my daughter's speed). So when my reserved, pensive child starts singing (even if … Continue reading Revolutionary Love
I love praise music. Regardless of your preference--old school hymns, contemporary Christian, soulful gospel--there is something powerful about using your voice and your body to worship our Creator. I usually try to start out my day with praise music, listening to it as I do my hair and ready myself in the morning; to me, … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Praise
I HATE cleaning the bathroom. Like, Hate-with-a-capital-H. I'm a writer by day but a momma by night and, with a military husband, many of the household chores usually fall on my shoulders. For the most part, I don't mind. I don't mind packing lunches. I don't mind doing laundry. I don't even mind tidying the … Continue reading Change Your Why
The Bible is full of commands to love. In Matthew 22, Jesus, when questioned about the greatest commandment, replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as … Continue reading When God Calls Us to Hate
Every so often, when I'm reading my Bible, a line will stop me in my tracks...and not in a good way. I love the Psalms and spend a lot of time in them; I find them refreshing and challenging at the same time, a helpful tool especially when I can't find the words to pray. … Continue reading Sinful Top 100
I don't mean to sound like a Debbie Downer here, but the start of a new year always depresses me. There's always so much build-up, so much hype and hope, like everything is going to be magically different the moment the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Okay, and maybe it is for a few … Continue reading Is It 2023 Yet?