No Crusty Hearts This Christmas

What is it about us humans that makes us hold tightly to things that make us unhappy? We nurse our anger and grudges with motherly affection. To forgive others feels like stepping off of the high ground that will ensure our victory. Yet, in not forgiving, though we sense a pleasure in our prideful spirit,... Continue Reading →

Fairness Is Not A Christian Value

Life is not fair, and to quote a favorite Oscar Wilde character, “It’s a good thing for most of us that it isn’t.” Yet, there are many who desire to impose their own sense of fairness on the world. As Christians, we should understand better than everyone else that fairness is overrated. After all, grace... Continue Reading →

Refined Ambitions

Ambition is not a word that I generally associate with my personality. I have never seen myself as an ambitious person, but we all have something we want to accomplish in life, whether we look upon it as ambition or not. When I was in my twenties, I wanted to get a master’s degree in... Continue Reading →

Settling Is For Pilgrims: A Leah Manifesto

This week, I got a ‘burr under my saddle.’ This particular ‘burr’ struck on something that I am becoming increasingly passionate about. There is a misconception in American culture which has been bought into by mainstream Christians. The notion is that romance is the source of true happiness in life. Christians wouldn’t want to admit... Continue Reading →

Hearing Voices

I remember being in Sunday School when I was six or seven. The teacher was a woman my grandma’s age. She tried to explain to a handful of young kids that Jesus spoke to her, even though she didn’t hear an audible voice. I was a bit skeptical, but suspected that Mrs. Creighton had a... Continue Reading →

They Call Me A Grinch

I’m not ready for the “Holiday Season,” yet it is being thrust upon me again. This year, it began before Halloween, when Christmas planning began at work. I confess, I don’t find joy in the cheesy decorations, the repetitive music, or the endless barrage of food which tempts me toward gluttony. It frustrates me that people think... Continue Reading →

This Is Where I Stand

You can call my choices “safe,” and I won’t argue. But, that isn’t what I am going for. I want my choices to honor God. I remember a choice I had to make when I was nineteen; I sought the counsel of a couple of friends. They were not friends that I saw or visited... Continue Reading →

I’m Not Afraid

After last week’s blog, a friend wanted to be sure that fear was not my true motivation for declining the man who wanted to go out with me. I gave this some thought. My conclusion: I am not afraid. When I was young, Christian men never showed any real interest in me. So, I stupidly entertained the... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Playing Hard To Get

Through all my years of singleness, I have received little attention from the opposite sex. But if you think that has made me desperate, you are mistaken. Last week this was put to the test when something new happened. In a public place, a man I didn’t know struck up a conversation with me. We talked, he... Continue Reading →

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