Hope

RT: Tolle Lege “Hoping does not mean doing nothing… It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what…

Life Lessons

As school started in August, my riding days ended. Both of my thoroughbreds moved to Earlham College for the school year to be  a part of their equestrian team. Symphony eased into a pattern of being ridden only for lessons on the weekends and occasionally in the evenings if I finished homework, grading, and work…

That God Would Make Us Dangerous

RT: Tim Challies We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the twentieth century does not reckon with. But we are “harmless,” and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with…

The Greatest Commandments

Some ramblings on loving God and others: Last night, at Impulse, where I lead a girls’ middle school small group, we discussed the Ten Commandments and their relevance to our lives today. Our two main ideas broke the Ten Commandments down into what Christ identified as the two greatest commandments: to love God and love…

Uncrucified Affections

I received an e-mail from a dear friend who is serving in Papua New Guinea last night. In it, I discovered this beautiful quote she had copied from a book by Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China. “The difficult lessons of 1942 taught me to fear leaning heavily on human props. I had surrendered husband, child,…

Creation Reflection

Thursday night at Threefold, a college group I’ve been attending recently, we reviewed the Creation story. As the narrative was read aloud, each of us took a pen and paper and wrote or drew what stood out to us. I began writing notes on the grandeur of God as the great I Am who was…