Reliance vs. Responsibility

“If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.” ~Timothy Keller In case you haven’t already figured this out, I write for myself as much as I write for my readers. Whatever “lesson” I’m learning, I’m still in the process of […]

Motivating our Minions

In college, I worked two years at a daycare. Although I appreciated the preparation it afforded toward future parenting, some of the methods employed didn’t set me up as a successful instructor. Obviously, a daycare regulated by the state had to be cautious when it came to disciplinary actions. We as teachers were not allowed […]

Strange and Set Apart

When I was in elementary school, I attended VBS at our church. As was typical of most Baptist churches in the 80’s, snacks consisted of Ritz crackers and the ever-present Kool-Aid, which we were never permitted to drink. Being far ahead of the trend, my mom sought to feed us organic food, avoiding chemicals and […]

Male and Female and Crossing Over: the Dangers of Rewriting Gender

Our family loves watching competitions together (especially in the baking, cooking, and music fields).  My daughter and I feel inspired to learn new baking techniques, explore exotic flavors, and venture into recipes we weren’t brave enough to try before.  Everyone enjoys listening to talented musicians show off their vocal abilities, although no one in our […]

Facing the Enemies of my Marriage

I’d done it again: said the words I shouldn’t have said. Critiqued when I should have encouraged. And the person I love more than anyone else felt the brunt of my barbs. Why is it that the people we care the most for often receive the ugliest, unrestrained aspects of us? Sometimes I need to […]