James: Arrogant Autonomy

Most of us have heard the phrase, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” But I haven’t just heard it: I have lived it out multiple times and this year was no exception. Early in the year, my husband and I started trying for a baby. I was throughly convinced I… Continue reading James: Arrogant Autonomy

James: Enmity With God

I always considered being against God to be a huge, grievous, outward act. It had to be something like blaspheme, sexual immorality, murder, hate, so on so forth. I believed this until last year when God convicted me of my friendship with the world. I, like everyone else, was outraged when I saw the video… Continue reading James: Enmity With God

James: Wisdom From Above and Below

In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character, Christian, ran into a man on his journey towards removinghis burden and reaching heaven. The man he met was named Mr. Worldly Wiseman. He told Christian that there was an easier way to remove his burden. He said he was older and wiser so his words… Continue reading James: Wisdom From Above and Below

James: Teaching and the Tongue

I don’t want to write this blogpost. In fact, passages in the Bible like this make me wait to call it quits on Failing Forward all together. It makes me want to cancel my women’s group study from here on out. And it definitely makes me want to throw off my fantasies of writing a… Continue reading James: Teaching and the Tongue

James: Speak, Listen, Anger

I’ve spouted off without thinking more times than I can count. I’m ashamed of how quickly I have jumped to conclusions or ideologies before thinking them through. I so often regret not carefully weighing my actions and reactions. Yet, I have never regretted taking time to think through and gather information before giving an answer… Continue reading James: Speak, Listen, Anger

James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

It might be the awkward homeschooler in me, but I am not very good at small talk. Sure, while I worked in customer service for a short period of time I learned to start and carry on short conversations with people I didn’t know well. But when it comes to someone I’m closer to, someone… Continue reading James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

I know I promised the start of a series on James this week, but I am yet again taking a small tangent. While I am continuing to study that loaded book of the Bible, I want to share something else that has also been on the forefront of my mind: God’s goodness in undesirable circumstances.… Continue reading Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

Lukewarm People and a Fiery Rebuke

When I was a kid, I remember some of my parent’s corrections feeling way too harsh. I was convinced I didn’t need that strong of a rebuke. Now as an adult myself and having the opportunity to see some of my sister’s parenting, I understand that correction, particularly on important issues, can’t be overly soft.… Continue reading Lukewarm People and a Fiery Rebuke

Tiny But Mighty

When I was a kid, I was regularly in the holiday plays my family church would put on. One year, I played an elderly woman who was the director or something of a community organization or a church. While I don’t fully remember my character’s role, I do remember that she had a little (stuffed… Continue reading Tiny But Mighty