Today as I sat in church and listened to the pastor go through the familiar practices of Communion, it hit me how unbelievably well Christ fit the mold of the perfect sacrifice. Not just in that he himself was perfect, but in accordance with Levitical law and how sacrifices were carried out. Allow me to… Continue reading Jesus Was the Perfect Sacrifice
“The comfort zone is where God’s plans for you go to die.” – Matt Cassidy The Saturday after Thanksgiving, fresh off an illness that turned out not to be COVID, my husband, my mom and I all loaded into my car at 3 AM and drove out to Austin Bergstrom International Airport to hop a… Continue reading God’s Not in the Comfort Zone
In Matthew 8 we read the story of Christ calming the storm from the boat on the water as the waves crashed and the wind roared. I have read this story before and even written about it before. I read it again this morning and the thing that struck me once more is the shock… Continue reading What Kind of Man is This?!
Being a mom is so much harder than I ever imagined. I remember foolishly thinking that parenting would come naturally, and that, since I had good parents, I would just be a good parent. Imagine my shock when I found my children not to be sweet little moldable lumps of clay but feisty and strong-willed… Continue reading God’s unsurpassing love for His rebellious children
In April 2019 I poured the last of a bottle of wine down the drain and set out on my sobriety journey. The story behind my desire to become sober is complex, but it has been one of the most important decisions of my life. It is mostly second nature now, but it was extremely… Continue reading Sober Tips for the Newly Sober
I have heard that some people don’t like the idea of a gentle Jesus. They think it makes our Lord and savior sound weak. But people who think gentle Jesus was weak don’t understand gentleness, and they don’t understand Jesus. Gentleness is not the same as weakness. A weak person wouldn’t need to be gentle,… Continue reading Jesus Was Gentle, Not Weak.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the… Continue reading Why Does God Want Me to Love My Enemies?
Matthew 8:23-27 tells the story of Jesus calming a storm. I grew up learning about this story and the aspect of Jesus who controls even the wind and rain, and I always thought that was the main point of those verses, but today I gained new insight about it. Let’s read it together: “Then he… Continue reading Jesus is in the storm with you
In the summer of 1998 I was between 8th and 9th grade. My mom heard of a Christian theatre seminar called Art Reach and though money was tight, my parents scraped together the tuition and sent me to it. The seminar was not age restricted, so, though I was only 14, I attended classes with… Continue reading What is “the valley of the shadow of death”? It’s life.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the… Continue reading Love Your Enemies