Making Space for Grace When You Struggle With Spiritual Jealousy

The first time I envied someone’s Bible, it was a good thing. I was still new to the high school youth group, still carrying the pristine white King James leather-bound children’s Bible my great-grandmother had given me for my fifth birthday. His was a Student Bible, with the cover all scratched and beat up, and […]

What Do You Need to Hold On To?

Let it go. Sometimes it can sound trite. Too easy an answer for some pretty difficult and complicated problems. Or it may seem to suggest that we’re walking away from — simply abandoning — people or situations or responsibilities that are overwhelming to us. Earlier this week, I shared how I’ve been finding freedom in […]

What Do You Need to Let Go to Be Free?

Ah Spring! The time when a woman’s fancy swiftly turns to thoughts of cleaning and decluttering and reorganizing… I remember one such spring, when in a frenzy, I attacked my overflowing filing cabinet, ever so determined to purge its contents ruthlessly. I never got past “G” – for “GOALS” — where I had filed random […]

You Are More Than Your Mistakes

You can’t read the Gospels without seeing His love and mercy and grace. His compassion for those caught in sin, bowed down with guilt and shame. Jesus was called “a friend of sinners” because He deliberately sought out those who were lost… society’s outcasts, the undesirables, the untouchables. The ragamuffins. He went looking for them and […]