Substituting: Progress vs. Perfection

First, this: Dear teachers, I didn’t know. I just didn’t know. Thank you. Thank you for the color-coding and the sing-songing. Thank you for hugging, and repeating, and repeating again…and again, times three. Thank you for maintaining the systems and schedules and order and focus among dozens of children. Thank you for taking the attitudes, break downs, and tattle-telling in…

Making it a Good Day One Mental Battle at a Time

I hadn’t run in weeks—maybe months—but for some unknown reason, I woke up with the urge to pace the pavement. I got up, got dressed and was ready to hit the road. It wasn’t until I breached my front door that I realized how cold it was outside. The frigid gust that hit me between…

Jeremy Cowart: I’m Possible

This week I want to share with you a speaker that impacted my own journey. I had the privilege of seeing this piece in person, and I cried through most of it. I had this dream that seemed outrageous, daunting, and impractical but nonetheless had been weighing on me for years. I wanted to share…

The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee

For my fourteenth birthday, I invited my friends to celebrate with me at the mall. We were too young to drive and I desperately wanted to “party out on the town” without a mandatory chauffeur inevitably operating as chaperone, so the mall it was! According to my plans, the evening would start with adoration, presents,…

Marriage and Christ

I met my husband when I was eighteen. I was a senior in high school and he was about to turn twenty-one. We had mutual friends, and I knew his face but not his name. As far as I was concerned, he had less romantic interest in me than a load of laundry and I…

Spiritual Gifts: Service

•Service. Current definitions of service include: render assistance; be of use; help; to contribute; promote; act as a servant. Paul’s greek word here was διακονία—Diakonia— meaning active service done with willing and voluntary attitude as guided by pistis. Those of us endowed with the gift of service are very versatile. Do you wait tables, clean bed…

Spiritual Gifts: Prophecy

•Prophecy. Current definitions include to predict; to declare or foretell by divine inspiration; to speak as mediator between God and humankind. The greek lexical* word Paul used was προφητεία—Prophēteia—meaning “to assert (state with confidence) the mind of God.” Paul also forwards some how-to instructions for this gift: “prophesy in accordance with your faith.” This clause hit…