Make it stop!

“Sir, give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:15 ESV ___ A couple years back, I pinpointed the most critical difference between my kid-wrangling strategies and my husband’s kid-wrangling strategies. The most critical difference is how we approach a [NON life-threatening] repeat […]

CompariSIN

He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 NIV ___ I don’t usually shy away from being honest in Messy Worship but this week’s topic is going to push my transparency comfort zone. It’s very challenging to admit this one publicly: I struggle A TON with comparing myself to others. There are so […]

Cause and Effect

“But they shouted, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!'” Luke 23:21 NLT ___ Remember learning about cause and effect in grade school? I feel like they could’ve done a better job talking about how strangely that whole things plays out sometimes. Example: Cause: I told my five-year-old to put his shoes on (to go to the store). […]

Bring Him Your Awkward Persistence

“‘I fear neither God nor man,’ he said to himself, ‘but this woman is driving me crazy.'” Luke 18:4b-5a NLT ___ When sending an email to someone who hasn’t met me yet, I often warn the person up front that I am notoriously, unexpectedly awkward. It’s true. I don’t know if I’m MORE awkward than […]

The Two Steps of True Change

 “When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.” Luke 11:25 NIV ___ Last year I went through a mega-transformation. I made a commitment to God and myself to change the way I was eating and, as a result, ended up losing 85 pounds. The biggest change I had to make […]

He Gets It

“…but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay my head.” Luke 9:58b NLT ___ A couple weeks ago, one of my sons asked me what my favorite Bible passage was when I was his age (13). I had to think about it a little bit […]

The Real Thing

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 NIV ___ I am taking a 10-week course called Citizen’s Academy through my local police department. The first night of the class, we got to meet the Chief and […]

Their Faith

“Seeing their faith, Jesus said to them man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” Luke 5:20 NLT ___ One of the most painful things in this life is hearing someone you adore tell you they think they’re worthless. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who’ve confessed to me that they think they […]

Easy

“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.” Luke 3:5 NIV ___ During the 2005 Super Bowl, Staples launched a new ad campaign centered around one question: What if organizing your business were as easy as pressing a button? They even had a literal button. […]

Treasure

“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51 NIV ___ Learning a new skill has the tendency to make you feel like you’re going a little crazy. I’ve been learning the “new” skill of raising boys for nine years […]