Pilgrim’s Road Trip #14: On ‘Moving On’

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture, stopping at a few oases along the way, in order to contemplate our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * * If there's a phrase I don't understand, it's "moving on". When someone says "Survivors are rebuilding and moving on with their lives a … [Read more...]

A Single Woman’s Prayer

Yesterday, I heard one of the bravest confessions I've ever heard in public. The church we attend has a space in the service for people to share their own written prayers of lament or celebration. Most are heartfelt, and a couple have been quite remarkable. Last summer, an expression of pain from a mom whose baby died shortly after birth stuck echoed inside of me for days, and helped me understand how to pray for this young couple.During Sunday morning's service, a woman just a few years … [Read more...]

Postscript To My Announcement Last Week

Last Friday, I shared the news here I'd be attending school this fall. I'm so grateful for the words of encouragement and support!I have one additional piece of news to share. I just signed a contract with Beacon Hill Press to write a book with the working title Redeeming Regret: From Shackles To Shalom. Regret often imprisons women in the past, depletes their present, and disables their future, but Redeeming Regret will demonstrate how Christ can redeem and repurpose regrets for his glory an … [Read more...]

Review: Letters And Life

 In the novella-length essay that closes Letters and Life: On Being A Writer, On Being A Christian (Crossway, 2012), author Bret Lott took me back to the day my mom died, and the shadowed valley of days that came after that. The emotional landscape of his relationship with his dad throughout his life was quite different than mine was with my mom, save this: Before he realized his father's life was nearing an end, while everyone around him was planning for rehab and recovery for him, his … [Read more...]

Thinking About Home Schooling Your Kids?

Back-to-school is in the air this month, and another generation of parents is trying to figure out where their kids will be learning to read, write, cipher and make baking soda-and-vinegar-fueled volcanoes this year. Public school, private school or home school?We home schooled our kids through high school. Our youngest graduated from our kitchen table nearly a decade ago, so I've had some time to reflect on what worked, what didn't, and why.We launched into our journey when we … [Read more...]

An Unexpected New Season Begins

In 2012, I wrote a post for Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog entitled, "When Higher Education Is Neither: Why Should I Earn A Degree?" In it, I explained my lifestyle of learning, as well as the longstanding truce I'd made my my decision not to complete college: I found myself back on staff at an evangelical college and seminary when my youngest son finished high school. There it was again, a new variation of the Question, being asked of me by various coworkers and a few students: "Why … [Read more...]

Who Raised These Millennials Anyway?

We once sang about hoping to die before we got old, but quite a few of my fellow baby boomers have begun to sound like a cross between 1960s sitcom crank Granny Clampett and the 1980s SNL Church Lady when it comes to our kids' generation.I've heard some in my age group lament that the millennials refuse to grow up. I've eavesdropped few remarks like, "Back when I was my son's age, I had a decent job and a mortgage. But you can't get a mortgage on a barista's salary. Come to think of it, back … [Read more...]


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