Some of my Facebook friends post images of people dancing as they announce how many weeks are left till Christmas. Some have been saying for months they look forward to the familiar Christmas carols.
Me? I’m looking for an excuse to cancel Christmas.
It’s not that I hate Christmas.
I just hate the idea of rummaging through an overcrowded storage space to get to the Christmas decorations. I break into a sweat thinking about cards. I know before the family... Read More
We live in an intensely competitive, consumer-driven services marketplace. I live near the center of a large city, which means I have an insane number of choices for dining out. I have the great luxury of being very picky about my restaurant dollars; so if a place gives me a meal I didn’t care for or indifferent service, I just never go back. The restaurant business is brutal—many close down after the second year. I have the luxury of expecting... Read More
It’s Thanksgiving, and many people will sit down at beautiful tables today, surrounded by food, friends, and family. Inside, though, some will be feeling an awful lot like Job, the man who sat down surrounded by the grief of losing 10 children, 11,500 animals, and a large number of servants. He sat, feeling devastated and scraping at sores that covered his body.
If that’s you, what’s the devastation you’re sitting in? What makes you feel that maybe God isn’t for... Read More
A divorced friend of mine was describing her long-running relationship with her current boyfriend. I gracefully inquired if there were any marriage plans on the horizon. “Well, I don’t think so,” she replied. I tactfully marveled at her boyfriend’s iron sexual self-control, but she volunteered the information that he didn’t need any self-control because they had a great sex life. They are both avowed Christians, and I marveled that apparently while I was napping, the Sixth Commandment had been repealed... Read More
Tiffany & Co., the company known for their luxury jewelry and little blue boxes, made news last week when it unveiled its Everyday Objects Collection.
It created new items because “we believe in utilizing beautiful things not only on special occasions, but also in everyday life. Every piece in our newest collection perfectly blends form, function and quality to make ordinary objects extraordinary.”
The ordinary to extraordinary items?
A sterling silver tin can for $1,000.
A yo-yo for $300.
To help... Read More
Three months ago I found myself out of a job. On Friday I was working 35 hours a week and bringing home a good paycheck. On Saturday I attended a meeting and realized to continue working in that capacity would mean cutting ethical corners. And on Sunday, after seeking the advice of two trusted friends and my husband, I quit, effective immediately.
Remember the account in the Bible when Peter got out of a boat and started walking across a... Read More
Perhaps you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s terrifying dystopian novel by that name. He borrowed the title from Act V of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and it comes from the mouth of Prospero’s shipwrecked daughter as she contemplates her new life on a remote island:
MIRANDA: Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!
PROSPERO: ’Tis new to thee.
The pace of social change in our times might make... Read More
“Tingling pain in my wrist”
“How to change careers late in life”
“How to improve my marriage”
“Why isn’t my kid sleeping?”
“Not enough money for college”
“Mind racing in the middle of the night”
“Time management tips for super-busy people”
Our Google searches reveal a lot about us. Comb through my internet history and my library book check-out history and you’d learn a lot about my struggles.
You’d discover which aspects of new motherhood haven’t gone well for me,... Read More
Just one week ago, the phone rang at 11:40 P.M.
Her shaking voice said, “Mom, I’m okay, but . . .” Then she told me how two cars collided in front of her on the freeway and spun out. She had seen headlights coming at her. Thankfully, she was about four seconds behind the accident, which gave her enough time to come to a complete stop and avoid hitting the other cars.
When she got home, we hugged her and... Read More
This week many people in the Christian church noted the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Back in 1517, the Catholic Church was selling indulgences—basically sending the message that for the right amount of cash, you could buy forgiveness. On October 31, a man named Martin Luther posted 95 statements on a church door in Germany, highlighting why some of the practices of the day weren’t found in the Bible—and challenging anyone to debate him on these points.
Now that we... Read More