The myth of the self-made person and the true demand of discipleship

A week ago, I sat among a circle of women at the local county jail. The fluorescent lights shined brightly overhead as we discussed Bible verses and prayed together, as we marveled about the challenges of being good. We laughed, nodded and spoke vulnerably with one another about how tough it can be to beContinue reading “The myth of the self-made person and the true demand of discipleship”

Bring on the darkness

I don’t know why it is, this time of year, that I gear up for action. Once Daylight Saving Time ends, I’m ready to go. Most people tend to simmer down when the cold weather seeps in, the nights get longer, the house gets cozier, and the soups just sound more delicious. I’m ready to getContinue reading “Bring on the darkness”

My journey into my family of grandmas

What will I be when I grow up? It’s a familiar question. As a happy and energetic farm girl in Iowa, I frequently imagined what my life would look like as an adult. While I helped my mother with chores or ran around exploring the woods and the farm buildings, I dreamed about how IContinue reading “My journey into my family of grandmas”

encouragement

  it’s morning, I wake in dreams and prayers, I roll around overwhelmed, I wonder gazing out the window, I sigh “encouragement- thanks God,” I acknowledge bowing to the beauty and mystery, I move into the day. Tell us:  How has God encouraged you lately?

Joseph’s dreams and the meaning of life

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and hisContinue reading “Joseph’s dreams and the meaning of life”