A Servant King—Reflections on the Gospel of Mark

It might’ve been in high school, but maybe it was my college years, when I was a counselor in the youth group. I really can’t remember. I do know it was in chapel at summer camp. A once pro-surfer, turned pastor, shared something that stuck with me. He said to open your Bible when you’re […]

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Still In the Waiting

Looking into the crisp November night, stars shining bright, I thought of Abraham—how the word of the Lord came to him in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless…?” Then, the Lord took […]

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One Thing To Do When You’re Feeling Down and Out

I’ve been thinking on this, how they say to write what you know. But I’ve been feeling down and out for no particular reason. Writing “what I know” feels, well, as Toad said to Frog, “Blah.” * I guess it’s because I feel like kids are always pressing on me with constant demands. Not because […]

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One Who is with you Always

We drive through farmland as the sun makes its slide in the sky. It feels like the end of summer. Not the beginning of fall. My husband breathes deeply and asks with excitement, “Do you smell that?” It reminds him of visits with his grandma, when she’d fling open windows and doors, wafts of orchard air […]

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When Community Is All Because of Him

We’re still in jammies this morning, the heater’s going for the first time this year, and Pandora’s playing the Hillsong station. It’s cold, and it’s fall, and we’ve been going all week. All month in fact. So we’re having a lazy day – where homeschool consists of the six year old curled in a blanket, reading […]

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A God of Judgment or A God of Grace?

Last year, California entered a drought, and I remember someone saying they thought it was punishment for the choices our state’s been making. I listened, unsure how to respond, because it isn’t exactly wrong theology. The Bible reveals a God of judgment and a God of grace. So which is He? —— Right now there’s […]

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