It takes a lot of courage to say this, but sometimes (a lot of the time?!) I question God and his timing. I bet you do too, right? Maybe you, however—unlike me—aren’t dumb enough to say (or write) it out loud.
However, our thoughts are betrayed by our questions that insinuate that God hasn’t acted quickly enough for us . . . “Why am I not in heaven yet?” “Why am I still single?” “Why can’t we get a diagnosis?”... Read More
I’m a sucker for videos of parents who put their kids in front of a mirror and have them repeat positive affirmations. Every morning those kids hear they are loved, valuable, strong, kind, or whatever else the parents mention.
A friend of mine tells her kids each day, “Learn lots. Have fun. Be strong and courageous. You are a champion!” Now one of her children repeats the mantra to her college roommates.
When I was in college, one of the... Read More
This past fall, Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, made news when they decided to remove plaques from the front of their church that noted famous parishioners from the past—George Washington and Robert E. Lee.
A statement by Emily Bryan, senior warden of the church, explained why: “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the... 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
I asked a Bible study group one time if God always got everything he wanted. They all nodded. He’s omnipotent, after all. He can do anything. I asked if God was ever sad. They all shook their heads. He reigns supreme on his emerald-encircled throne, gazing imperturbably over the sea of glass, clear as crystal. Thunder rumbles and lightning flashes as he commands the angelic host to execute every detail of his every wish. Nothing could ever bother or disturb... Read More