Singing to Mountain Lions and Other Thoughts

We had just thrown down our backpacks and starting strapping on our snowshoes when the weight of our situation first hit. We had decided to snowshoe up to Crater Lake that day in an attempt to reach one of the top photography spots in Colorado. The last All Trails entry informed us that as long…

Shattered Glass, Stories, and Sandwiches: Reflections on the Explosion in Beirut

Driving to church the other night, I found myself mesmerized by passing windows. Intact glass. Buildings that stood undamaged, reflecting the evening sunset. There was something almost creepy about how normal everything looked. Around every corner, I was expecting to see the burned-out remains of an apartment, or shattered glass and disheveled siding of an…

Whatever Am I Supposed to Do With Guys?

Dear girls, I remember being 16 years old and lying awake at night wondering why God didn’t make my desire for romance … guys … marriage an automatic switch that could be turned on when I turned 20, or 25, or whenever it was that I was supposed to get married! But however much I…

Identity in Christ XTAWG

Hi friends! I just created this booklet to facilitate an XTAWG (eXtended Time Alone with God) for a girls retreat my sisters and I are hosting. I’m sharing it in case any of you would be interested! XTAWGs are truly sweet times with the Lord, and if you haven’t set aside time to do one…

Yep, There’s Something More

“I hope this job will work out.” “I hope I’ll feel good today.” “I hope I’ll get married someday.” I use the word hope quite flippantly. Perhaps that’s why I’ve had trouble grasping the biblical idea of hope. My hope in a job, health, or marriage has no certainty in it. God hasn’t promised me…

He Likes to Be Asked

One of my favorite descriptions of prayer is hidden in C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew. Polly and Digory have been sent on a mission for Aslan only to realize part way through their journey that they forgot to bring food. Polly and Digory stared at one another in dismay. “Well, I do think someone might…

My Top 5 Most Encouraging Songs

I tied my shoes the other day for my semi-daily run, turned on my earbuds, and set my “favs” playlist to shuffle before turning onto one of my three usual routes. It wasn’t until I had crossed the highway and started running around the park close to our house that I noticed a theme: each…

Why Excellence Matters

“We can’t find anything he has done wrong.” Daniel’s employers had examined all of his work to try to turn him in for something, and they could find nothing. Unless it was his prayer life.  Eight hundred years earlier, a young man named Joseph had faced the same situation. Forced into slavery, he had so…

Nothing to Lose

“I was in Berlin shortly after the wall fell,” the retired pastor leaned forward in his seat. He stopped and cleared his throat, his eyes watering, as he described one of the most affecting moments in his life. The wall — or rather, the stub of what was left — was but the width of…

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned

There is something amazingly beautiful — and real — about when life doesn’t go our way. I was sitting my the end of my PSDM (Problem Solving and Decision Making) class this afternoon as my professor wrapped up the course by telling us his own life story. The theme was clear: his life had not…