How We Respond to Fake News

How We Respond to Fake News

Don’t worry, ya’ll, this isn’t a political post. While the term “fake news” has been used a lot in the political world these days I’m actually talking about stories that we Christians share on social media that are fake. Very often these stories are about pop culture or Bible prophesies, or even sometimes, Christian values. […]

Subjectivity

Subjectivity

Are you influenced by book reviews? No, I don’t mean reviews of your books. What I’m asking is … do big name endorsements help you decide to buy a particular book? When you browse through a bookstore, what prompts you to reach for a book? I read a lot. A LOT. And I do book reviews, […]

Are You a Dreamer?

Are You a Dreamer?

Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to relax, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a movie starring Ben Stiller. The main character, Mitty, is a day dreamer. To escape his ordinary life he allowed his imagination to take him on a climb up a snow covered mountain, rescue a beautiful woman and her dog […]

To Whom I Belong

  “On the days I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and straiten my crown.”-Anonymous I tucked myself into the theater seat between two of my daughters. Lily James, a beautiful British actress, danced across the screen as Cinderella. I knew the story, read it time and again, yet I […]

The Fear Knot

The Fear Knot

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) We live in volatile times. There are wars, rumors of wars, and natural disasters in abundance. Everywhere we turn, […]

Going to the Movies

Going to the Movies

When was the last time you quoted or referenced a movie to help explain something to someone? We all do it, right? Even if we’ve never seen the movie, we recognize quotes like “Go ahead, make my day,” or “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Why? Because movies (and TV and YouTube) are part of our […]

My Instagram Life

My Instagram Life

My life looks pretty great. Strike that. My digital life looks pretty great. I hate to admit it, but I can make it seem like I’m a pretty big deal 😉 A few snazzy Facebook posts, 140 well-thought characters for a tweet, and an artfully taken photo on Instagram and things are looking pretty good… […]

Our Cozy Little World

Our Cozy Little World

We finally watched the movie Gravity. I know, you all have probably seen that months (years?) ago. But we got around to it and throughout the movie I kept thinking about God. It’s a beautifully shot film, and the thing that kept coming up for me was the vastness of space and how cozy and […]

Maya Angelou Reflects on the Voice of God

Maya Angelou Reflects on the Voice of God

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Maya Angelou. What an amazing woman she was. Everyone has a story about how she influenced them, and here’s mine. When I was a little girl in second grade, my teacher told my mom that I had a “poetic voice” in the stories I wrote […]

Not Perfect, But Forgiven

Not Perfect, But Forgiven

So, I’m a football fan, and since today is the Super Bowl I thought I’d share some football-related verse inspiration. I enjoy watching my favorite team (the Packers) and when they don’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl, I still tune in for the game and spectacle of it all. After years […]

How to Make Christmas More Meaningful

How to Make Christmas More Meaningful

Now that Thanksgiving is over, our attention turns to Christmas. Christmas should be a happy time of year, but it’s often filled with hurried shopping trips, stressful time in the kitchen, and a sense of aggravation at having to find just the right gift. In all the holiday frustration, the real meaning of Christmas seems […]

God Is Always Good, and I Am Always Loved

God Is Always Good, and I Am Always Loved

This summer I did a book club thingy for Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. I loved the book, and was so inspired by it. There were several in our group who couldn’t get through it, saying it was too artsy and poetic. And it was, in places. But mostly, I loved it. I like […]

Your Wild and Precious Life

Your Wild and Precious Life

One of the biggest thrills of my life was seeing poet Mary Oliver at Marquette University last year. It was one of the “big” moments in life I thought would never happen. I’ve talked about how influential poetry has been for me, especially the Psalms. I think God reaches you wherever you are, and for […]