Hope of the New Year

As I grew up ringing in the New Year with my family, I wondered, but never asked, why January 1st is considered a holiday. When your parents let you stay up and watch TV way past bedtime, you keep your mouth shut and let the good times roll. Now that I’m an adult and haveContinue reading “Hope of the New Year”

Better than Batman

My house doubles as a functional living space and a superhero lair. Come over and you’ll find Batman, Spider-Man and any one of the Avengers battling foes on the stairs, under the kitchen table or wherever my sons last deserted them. Superhero fascination isn’t restricted to elementary school boys. A genre that was once theContinue reading “Better than Batman”

The Shunammite Woman: Faith in God’s Life-giving Power

A short story in the Old Testament tells how a simple woman with a generous heart grew in faith after witnessing God work a miracle in her life. God’s faithfulness to his word led her to boldly request another miracle later on, as she faced the uncertainty of death and loss. Her intensified conviction providesContinue reading “The Shunammite Woman: Faith in God’s Life-giving Power”

Enjoy the Freedom of Your Redemption

You’ll never defeat this. My mind recites this line like a broken record when ugly, deceptive sin threatens to trap me in its patterns. Because God has rescued me from my former way of living, I know I need to stop engaging in behavior that defies his will, and live in the way that pleasesContinue reading “Enjoy the Freedom of Your Redemption”

Infertility Wrecked Me and Made Me Stronger

For a woman who is struggling with infertility, a pregnancy announcement has the equivalent effect of a kick in a man’s groin. It knocks the wind out of you, pierces your heart, and accentuates the weight of your empty arms. You’d think this reaction would disappear once you became a mother. When you’re almost 10Continue reading “Infertility Wrecked Me and Made Me Stronger”