James: Partiality and Mercy

I recently started reading a book called Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher. It is a phenomenal book about Christian dissidence in the face of totalitarianism. Rod Dreher interviewed many people who escaped from communist regimes. He asked a Russian Orthodox man why the people fell for the Bolsheviks propaganda. The man explained that… Continue reading James: Partiality and Mercy

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

Truth Minus Love

I grew up in a church that struck the fear of God into me. The church was biblical and didn’t mince words even on the toughest of subjects. Gray wasn’t tolerated. The Bible is the bedrock of moral truth and this church reassured that the foundation was established in the lives of it’s members. My… Continue reading Truth Minus Love

Where do we go from here?

My house is peacefully quite this Wednesday morning. I’m watching the chilly November sun rise as I am warmed by a fuzzy blanket, a big cup of coffee, and my worn out Bible in my lap. This serenity is threatened by every pop up notification on my phone and the small itching in me to… Continue reading Where do we go from here?

More Love

Have you ever died for someone because you love them so much? Clearly if you’re reading this, you haven’t ever died. So maybe a more accurate question would be, is there anyone you love so strongly that you would die in their place? Most would say they would do so for their spouse or kids… Continue reading More Love

Love and Judgment

In each situation, I tried to maintain my composure as my friends came out to me. I knew what my church, my parents, my Bible, and my God said about this. But I love these people. I love them so incredibly deeply. I didn’t know how to react. I’m going to guess I’m not the… Continue reading Love and Judgment

A Better Wife Because of the Best Husband

How dimentional is your god? If you serve money, it is purely a transactional dimention. If your god is status, you’re stuck with the admiration and acknowledgment of others. If you make your marriage your god, you could argue that it meets multiple needs, but, in essence, we marry because we recognize life with this… Continue reading A Better Wife Because of the Best Husband

A Better Wife in the Long Run

I love that longest married couple’s dance at weddings. I love when the years creep north of 20 and the couples get fewer and fewer on the dance floor. It’s always incredible when the last couple put there has been married for more than 50 years. It’s beautiful to witness a love that has lasted.… Continue reading A Better Wife in the Long Run

A Better Wife in Conflict

I hope this series encourages people. I hope it spurs women to be the wives God calls us to be. I hope it brings clarity to our roles in marriage. But I also hope women aren’t discouraged. I know we’re talking about this “better wife.” I also know its easy to fall short of this… Continue reading A Better Wife in Conflict

A Better Wife in Intimacy

I don’t believe in the concept of soul mates. Before you jump ship and assume I don’t solely love my husband, hear me out. There is nothing biblical about God designing one particular person for you to marry. It is, in fact, contrary to grace to expect another imperfect human being to meet our own… Continue reading A Better Wife in Intimacy