One of the most vexing parables recorded in the New Testament is the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Found in Matthew 25 and given as the answer to eschatological questions from the disciples, Jesus states: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the… Continue reading How Not to be a Foolish Virgin
One of my core childhood memories starts in my dad’s home office. He was working on something on the computer and really only paying half attention to me. I was complaining about something and I don’t recall exactly what pessimistic thing I said, what prediction of doom my 10 year old brain shared, but it… Continue reading Words Have Power
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that… Continue reading Let Us Love One Another
Trigger warning: bullying, animal cruelty About a year ago an emotional interview between Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert went viral. It was shortly after the death of Cooper’s mother, famous fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. The two men bonded over their losses, and Colbert is quoted as having said, “What punishments of God are… Continue reading When God’s Punishments Are Gifts
My mom recently sent me my writing journals she saved from when I was in first grade in 1990-1991. At first I wasn’t interested in trying to decipher my 7 year old phonetic spelling (it really is like cryptology) but after digging into it with my kids I discovered a few pretty fascinating things. First… Continue reading My Writing Journal from 1990 is a Fascinating Time Capsule
It’s an unpopular topic, but it needs to be said. We have a toxic culture around wine and motherhood. Alcohol is being marketed to moms at an unprecedented rate. Not only alcohol, but products touting alcohol usage specifically by young mothers. You don’t have to look very far to see what I mean. These images… Continue reading Surviving Mommy Wine Culture
Horatio Spafford may not be a household name, but it’s one you should know. If you already know who he is, chances are you’re a church organist, or a Baptist. So for the rest of us, let me tell you about Horatio Spafford, the modern day Job. First let’s do a little review on who… Continue reading Horatio Spafford and The Job Method of Mourning
The global pandemic has put a lot of people in a fearful place. We are locked inside our homes, our phones the only windows into a world that is swiftly becoming unrecognizable from the one we knew just a few weeks prior. It’s no wonder we are afraid. Fear sits heavily on us as we… Continue reading Was Jesus Afraid to Die? Yes.
Some situations just call for country girl skills. That’s what happened this morning when a woman used apples from her lunchbox to help catch a couple of runaway horses on State Highway 130, the road with the highest speed limit in the nation. Here in Texas horses are not a rare sight, however, it’s still… Continue reading Texas Woman Uses Apples to Help Catch Horses Loose on Freeway
This is not a recipe for chorizo and eggs. There’s no ingredient list hidden in the blankets of text that follow. If you want to make chorizo and eggs, google it. Or better yet, visit South Texas and have it at a restaurant, because if you didn’t grow up eating it, you won’t know what it’s supposed to taste like.