Awkward Moment

Today, I passed by someone I hardly know from the office next door in the parking lot. She said, “how are you today?” I said, “good thanks, and you?” She said, “I’m blessed, highly favored and deeply loved.” I said, “oh”. I got in my car and drove away feeling very uncomfortable.  So. Awkward. But…

This Mourning 

Beth and I are talking about mourning this week as we continue looking at the Beatitudes. I think it’s safe to say that each of us experiences loss. We have all lost loved ones. But what about other things we grieve? There are so many different types of loss. The loss of a job. A…

Into the Void

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everyone is searching for something to fill that emptiness inside. The void. The longing in their spirit only God can satisfy. We live in a world poor in spirit. We are surrounded by spiritual bankruptcy- and it seeps into our lives.  Beth and I are going through the Beatitudes…

Watch Your ‘Tude

Beth and I are kicking off a new series on the Beatitudes.  I love it when I come up with ideas that throw Beth for a loop. I wanted to do this series because I’m working on my attitude. I’m determined to live a life of gratitude. One of the things I find myself most…

How  Can It Be

In my youth, I played Mary, mother of Jesus, in many a church Christmas program. I’ve said the line straight from Luke 1:34, “How can it be?”, at least a half dozen times. But Mary’s reaction is completely legitimate, to say the least. I think many of us ask this question when we reflect on…

BFF Status

Beth & I are taking a look at Mary of Bethany today.  Ever notice how fast and loose we use the word “friend”? I think the word is almost as overused as “love” – but that’s a different story.  Our society is wrapped up in social media stats. How many Facebook friends do you have?…

Resurrecting 

Beth and I are looking at Mary Magdalene today.  I can’t imagine how she felt there, after all Christ had done for her, at the foot of the cross. Watching her redeemer lose it all, disrespected and rejected. The one who relieved her torment was now being tormented and tortured. Even God himself looked away. …

The Edge of Something Greater

Every so often, a song jumps out of my speakers, hurls through the air, travels through my ears and pierces my heart. I heard the song Frontiers by Vertical Church Band and at first I thought, “I wish I’d written that”. Then I thought, “Did someone read my mind or my journal?”  Lead me to…

Hannah: What is enough?

Beth posted about Hannah this morning on her blog. Once again, another story of infertility. Why is it this can cause us to feel like lesser women? Do our lives not have purpose outside child rearing? And yet, there is biology involved. There is a cliche biological clock. It’s a real thing.  This story of Hannah…

How About It, Hagar?

Ever wonder how that conversation between Sarah and Hagar went down? How do you ask another woman to sleep with your husband and have a baby because you think your ovaries basically have shriveled up? (I feel uncomfortable even asking my neighbor for a cup of sugar – so I NEVER have.) I bet holidays…

Jesus: Gatorade for the Soul

We’re talking about the Woman at the Well. Visit Beth’s blog for teaching- read on for my shenanigans.  I tease my single friends about being “thirsty” all the time. It’s the funniest term I’ve heard used for someone who is eager to find that special someone. The word thirsty paints a great picture, doesn’t it?…

A Tale of Tamar

Beth’s observations about Tamar in Genesis 38 are so good. My takeaway from it was this thought: Now, I want to make sure you know which Tamar we’re talking about. We’re not talking about King David’s daughter – who was raped & abandoned. We’re talking about Judah’s daughter-in-law, twice widowed & left destitute. Both of…