It’s the Little Things: Lessons from Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wednesday was the last day of school. As a teacher of 7th graders, I still get loads of gifts. Half the fun is watching my students bring them to me. Some are proud and eager for me to open their presents. Some of the boys are bashful because it was really their moms who made … More It’s the Little Things: Lessons from Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed

No More Condemnation

Tears flowed. The maiden held the skirts of her white dress—now covered in stains. “I’m  sorry,” she whispered to the king on his throne. “I’m so sorry.” She knew that he had already traded her tattered peasant clothes for this beautiful white gown. And now she had soiled it. “I see no stains,” the king … More No More Condemnation

When Your Insuficiency Feels Overwhelming

I’ve got issues, as the pop song so honestly, matter-of-factly acknowledges. Yep. You bet I do. The older I get, the more I realize how messed up I am. Sometimes my messed-up-ness, my “lack” feels overwhelming. Funny, isn’t it? I would so much rather be overwhelmed by His “enoughness.” Because He is enough. This morning … More When Your Insuficiency Feels Overwhelming

I’m Thankful for…(2017 Edition)

Bright, sunny, autumn days Drizzly, misty, rainy, “London” days Hot tea Coffee Scotland Late night talks Friendships new and old Tears cried at hard goodbyes Getting to foster and love a vulnerable, orphaned dog Books My dad’s 1000 wins My students—how they make me laugh, learn patience, weep, and rejoice My nieces’ snuggles My local … More I’m Thankful for…(2017 Edition)

He is Still God

  I sat in a room with eight middle schoolers and open Bibles (or phones). We read Luke 10: 38-42. I asked questions about the passage and was often met with silence (I get it. I’m usually not one to volunteer answers in group settings larger than four). But I was hit with that passage … More He is Still God

A Peculiar Invitation

“For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” Philippians 1:29. I was crying hard and didn’t even fully know why. It was a build-up of a lot of things, coming to head in an intense emotional experience. Strong’s concordance defines “suffer” (pásxō ) … More A Peculiar Invitation