Tagged with Jesus

You’re Not That Special

Sometimes we have trouble believing that God really forgives our mistakes. We know all the verses that promise His forgiveness, and we believe they’re true…for other people. Just not us. We’re too messed up. Our mistakes too ugly, too shameful. I’ve got a got a couple of blunt truths to share. First, you’re not that … Continue reading

Christians Can Say the Worst Stuff

We just found out that my sister-in-law has terminal lymphoma. She called one of her good friends to tell her the devastating news, and this woman’s response was, “Well, it’s not a matter of if we die, but when.” Wait… what? Who says something like that to someone who just got a cancer diagnosis…to someone … Continue reading

My Only New Year’s Resolution

Normally I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. It’s hard to take them seriously, because we all know they last somewhere between 24 hours and a couple of months. But I do want 2014 to be a year of intentional growth, and that starts with a vision of what I’m working towards and a commitment (okay, … Continue reading

Monday Morning Truth: Do You Want to be Healed?

In a sermon a few weeks ago, one of the pastors at my church preached on the story of the invalid in John 5. I’ve read it before (many times), but he drew some things out of the text that I had never considered…things that really struck home with me. “Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem … Continue reading

Picky, Picky…

As I’ve plunged face-first into the dating world over the last few months (and yeah, it’s been uhm, interesting), I’ve thought a lot about what kind of man I am looking for. After all I’ve been through, I’ve got quite the list, I assure you.   Lets me be myself. Makes me laugh. Like, pee my pants laugh. Is kind … Continue reading

Monday Morning Truth: Only He Can Satisfy

Another Christmas season has come and gone, leaving untold mountains of shredded wrapping paper and discarded ribbon in all the nation’s landfills. Not that I don’t love giving presents. (And okay, maybe I kind of like getting them too!) But it hits me every year about this time that I probably can’t remember half of what I got the … Continue reading

A Different Perspective on Dating

A long time ago, I heard someone suggest  that single women should “date” Jesus instead of worrying so much about trying to find a husband. The whole idea struck me as a little weird and, if I’m honest, kind of stupid. I mean, sure it sounds ooey-goey spiritual and all, but really? Let’s be honest. Being in … Continue reading

Giving Thanks in and for Everything

In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share these beautiful (and challenging) thoughts about giving thanks from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Facing the abandonment of God Himself (does it really get any worse than this?), Jesus … Continue reading