What Do We Thank God For?

Family. Friends. Provision. Studying. Good music. Iced lattes and hot tea. Dark chocolate. Safety from hurricanes. Late afternoon sun on floodwater.  There are so many little blessings every day that we never stop and thank God for. Sometimes the abundance of His undeserved kindness seems overwhelming. But the things I …

There Is Peace In the Storm

Maybe it’s just because I’m in Florida; but it seems like there’s only one topic of conversation right now. The Storm. The name of Irma is on everybody’s lips. Where will it turn? Which coast will be affected? What’s going to happen next? Irma is a massive, swirling wall of water …

Every Breath As a Gift

The theme for this year’s Bible Bee study was Created. It seems pretty obvious. I mean, if you grew up in church Genesis 1:1 was probably one of the first verses you ever memorized. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But what started to stick out …

The Siren Song of Social Media

When I was younger, I was the perfect homeschooler. I didn’t have any electronic devices, unless you counted a Kindle Classic (you know, the kind that looks like paper and doesn’t have a touchscreen) and a digital camera. Well, you know, things change. I have three screens now (and an …

Shout Out to the Artists

// A letter to all the writers, all the singers of songs, all the artists who have changed my life // The first time I met you was through books. I stepped through the wardrobe or into a boxcar, and I met friends who would stay with me for the rest …

To See Your Face

I can’t see you. All I can see is the words. The happy, fun, serious, sad, excited, passionate words. The long, complicated, beautiful sentences. The quick, fun, lifey updates. The all-caps, no-punctuation reactions to your favorite books and the serious (sometimes sad) requests for prayer. I can see all those words, but I …