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Unconventional Decision Making

I think I’m going to buy a car. I’m sure thousands of cars are sold everyday so this isn’t mind-blowing. But I’ve driven a van for the last nine years and I have three children. Among families like ours a...

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33: Without This Ring, A Conversation with Donna Pyle

When I opened Donna Pyle’s book Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce to prepare for our interview, I was not prepared for how powerful her story and guidance would be. Silly of me since I’m a big fan of Donna’s and...

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032: Loving & Serving My Neighbor Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted, Part I

It is my position that the church needs to be having a louder and more productive and useful conversation about sexual assault and what we can do to serve our neighbors who have faced such experiences. This is part I...

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He Opens Up the Gates for Me

Isn’t it great when you open up to Scripture and it delivers? Doesn’t always happen like magic, that’s for sure, but this morning I opened up to this:   Open to me the gates of righteousness that I may enter...

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Wrapping My Hands Around Anticipation

My kids are getting excited about Christmas. But I notice my son’s questions often focus on the actual day. “Is it Christmas yet?” “Well no, but it’s almost Christmas TIME..” I respond. “No, but when is Christmas DAY?” he retorts....

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031: What Does It Mean To “Be The Light”?

Am the only one who feels a lot of pressure that I’m supposed to “be the light”? Maybe I should just quit whining and do what needs done, but I’d also like to know what it means for sure to...

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United: Freaking Out About Election Day

Tomorrow’s election of a president has brought out the worst in this country. Divisive and angry rhetoric fills my social media feeds and the 24 hour news cycle. To say we will all be glad to move past November 8th...

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030: Now What? Our Everyday Reality as Christians

As a young adult Christian I was constantly wondering what my life was supposed to look like as a follower of Christ. My everyday life. How does one “serve Christ,” really, with all these distractions? What careers count? I definitely...

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Mustering a Small Prayer from the Shadows

I’ve had a great couple of days. Life isn’t perfect but I should be feeling good. Lots of reasons to be happy. Instead anxiety has snuck up and my mind is racing. I can feel my countenance slipping quickly into...

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