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How to Think About America’s Immigration Policy As a Christian

How to Think About America’s Immigration Policy As a Christian

I saw it posted online by a friend: A twenty-something Syrian woman, fleeing the nightmare of war in her country, sold everything so she and her family could make it to a neighboring Arab country. Once there, because they are not allowed to work in this new land, her husband has gone out every single […]

When We Don’t Want the God of Love

When We Don’t Want the God of Love

I read it recently, from my friend. The one who was sexually abused from the age of three by her father. It was an open letter written on the day her father was getting out of prison, after having served just a few years, in spite of a lifetime of perpetuating physical, emotional, and spiritual […]

The Problem With Modern Liberalism For Christians

The Problem With Modern Liberalism For Christians

Against all odds, and contrary to what virtually every political pundit on both sides thought, Donald Trump won. He won, and the election revealed how completely polarized our country is. This most recent election indicated that America is guided by two fundamentally different views of how the world works, and Christians are weighing in passionately […]

You Can’t Be A Christian And Vote For…

You Can’t Be A Christian And Vote For…

If you’ve been on social media at all, you know that everyone is ABSOLUTELY SURE of how you must vote if you are a Christian. I have heard that you are not a Christian if you vote for the baby-killing, corrupt liar extraordinaire Clinton, and I have heard that you are not a Christian if […]

You Can’t Judge and Love at the Same Time?

You Can’t Judge and Love at the Same Time?

Anybody heard of Caitlyn Jenner? Of course you have, because it’s almost impossible to not see her, now. The world is in fervor over former Olympian Bruce Jenner now coming out as a transgender woman. Although personal reactions from people have been all over the board, the predominant cultural response to Caitlyn Jenner is approval, […]

July and the Fulfiller of Desires

July and the Fulfiller of Desires

I hate July. July 31st was the day Dominic was born – the child I lost. Today, July 17th, was the day my most recent baby was supposed to be born – the one I lost in miscarriage. Instead of giving birth to the child for which I have longed, I am relegating the baby […]

Are My Children Saved?

Are My Children Saved?

We have reached a new milestone, in our family – one for which I have prayed since before I even had children. Both of my children have made the personal decision to follow Christ – to make Him the Lord of their lives. My father just baptized my youngest daughter recently – my oldest having […]

Criticism and Compassion in the Duggar Sexual Abuse Debacle: How God Can Redeem This Mess

Criticism and Compassion in the Duggar Sexual Abuse Debacle: How God Can Redeem This Mess

You can’t possibly have missed it – the Duggar “sex scandal”, as the media is calling it. Articles have clogged every newsfeed about the Duggar debacle, ranging from enthusiastic support to vitriolic condemnation, in the wake of information becoming public that Josh Duggar sexually molested young girls (including his own sisters) when he was a […]

Love That the World Calls Hate

Love That the World Calls Hate

How can a Christian convey love and simultaneously live according to truth, in a world that deems the truth unloving? It’s a question that has reverberated in my life in so many ways. It is also a question that I believe will become more and more important for every Christian to answer in the days […]

The Dirty S-Word of Easter

The Dirty S-Word of Easter

There is a dirty word in our culture – one that, if mentioned, will bring the “tolerance” police running, guns blazing. Just about anything can be said, nowadays, except this. Spend a few minutes online and you can find vociferous cultural defenses for how “cheating is wrong” is just an opinion, euthanasia is not only […]

At the Halfway Point…What’s the Point?

At the Halfway Point…What’s the Point?

The Funeral I didn’t even realize it was my first funeral since Dominic, until the moment I sat down in the pew. Then I all of a sudden, in a grief-wave rush, very much realized. I guess I just didn’t even think about it – the whole, “You haven’t been to a funeral, yet. That […]

Weightless

Weightless

It absolutely took my breath away. Standing, alone, at the top of the snow-blanketed ski mountain, my breath made puffs in the frigid air – that is, until it was taken away. Lilac, rose, apricot and butter hues painted the never-ending sky, radiating their infusion into the deepening blue as far as I could see […]

Shifting From the Promise to the Present

Shifting From the Promise to the Present

The whole “promise” thing makes me want to scream. I have spent so much time trying to figure out if I have a promise from the Lord about more children, and, if so, how this miscarriage fits into all of it. I have trusted and doubted and given up and castigated myself for being a […]

The Test of Blessing

The Test of Blessing

We may say we are committed to God, but how do we really know? We’ve been studying the book of Deuteronomy, in our January Bible Study at church, and it is a book that provides a lot of insights for where I am, right now. In Deuteronomy, God lays out two tests for the Israelites: […]

Confused

Confused

It’s a new year. That thought is a little scary to me, to be honest. The snarky comment keeps rearing up in my head, “What child are we going to lose THIS year?” In spite of the specter of death, again, that loomed over our holiday, I am thankful for these days of no responsibility […]

Numbers, Security, and Faith

Numbers, Security, and Faith

I really just always want definitive answers in my life. I want to just know, one way or the other, so I can move in a direction. Time and time again the Lord keeps me in the great shade of grey, so I have to take one tiny, agonizing step at a time, holding His […]

“I Wouldn’t Do It, But I Wouldn’t Say That It’s Wrong”

“I Wouldn’t Do It, But I Wouldn’t Say That It’s Wrong”

“I wouldn’t do it, but I wouldn’t say that it’s wrong”. It’s a sentiment I keep hearing, everywhere. Certainly from non-Christians, but, increasingly, from the Christian community as well. And the snarky question I want to ask back is, “Why not?” But I know the answer. It is an answer borne from a view of […]

My New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s Resolution

I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions. I mean, it already takes me, on a normal day, at least an hour to fall asleep at night due to my daily habit of pondering what I need to do better the next day or the next week or the next…you get the point. I could never […]

Part 8: Summary – How Sex Has Changed the World

Part 8: Summary – How Sex Has Changed the World

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

My Real Citizenship

My Real Citizenship

So, there was this election, recently, in Virginia. And there is a possibility that I got just a wee bit involved in it. Like, posting political commentary non-stop on Facebook (not that anyone noticed), going door-to-door for my candidate, and making a good ol’ homeschooling teaching moment out of taking the kids to hand out […]

Part 7: Sex and Worldview – A Battle For the Soul

Part 7: Sex and Worldview – A Battle For the Soul

Read the other parts of this series here: Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of Biblical […]

Attempts at Doing the Whole of the Gospel by a Partially-Gospel-Oriented Girl

Attempts at Doing the Whole of the Gospel by a Partially-Gospel-Oriented Girl

Sometimes the narrow way is just very, very difficult to discern. Even when you hear God’s voice and understand what He wants you to do, it’s usually a bit thorny to figure out precisely how to actually implement His will. Ya know, what with our sin and all. Let’s just take me, for example. Since […]

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

On Being a Terrible Waiter. Or Hoper?

On Being a Terrible Waiter. Or Hoper?

I am a terrible waiter. Not waiter as in food server (although I’d stink at that too), but waiter as in not getting what you want right now. Waiting seems to imply inactivity, and, yeah, I fall just a bit more on the “make it happen for yourself” side of the line. On the Fruit […]

Part 5: The Power of Biblical Sex

Part 5: The Power of Biblical Sex

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

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