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Beauty For Ashes

Beauty For Ashes “ . . . to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks...

Forgetting But Not Forgotten

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me." Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have...

The Great Divorce: Evangelicals and the GOP

It’s all over social media and the news: evangelical leaders are quitting the GOP and encouraging their followers to do the same. Apparently, the front-runner of the Republican Party does not represent their values anymore. All I can say is . . . What took...

What Being A Parent Has Taught Me (So Far)

Twenty seven months ago I found out I was pregnant and eighteen months ago I had a beautiful, tiny, healthy little girl. I’ve learned so much about myself and about life. It would be hard to put it all into words so I’ll do my...

Traveling With A Baby (or Toddler)

Erik and I have traveled quite a bit since Scotlyn was born. In just 18 months we have traveled around the U.S. by car and by plane and have taken two long trips overseas. We've learned a lot (and are still learning!) about what works...

Empathy

I have been thinking about empathy and what it means to be a good friend. Our culture sends thousands of messages our way about the benefits of positive thinking. We're encouraged to never speak about anything negative, as though somehow sharing a concern or frustration will...

Be Harmless . . . And Helpful

"Don't be helpful, be harmless" is a very safe way to live because being helpful (or attempting to be helpful) often causes friction. But does this mean we should cease trying to be helpful? Yes. And no. Part of maturity is recognizing when we need to...