Open Your Hands

  “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm‬ ‭63:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ⠀⠀ Grasping is everywhere. Our culture prizes grasping for identity, status, acceptance, money, and control. Even as Christian women, we will be tempted to cling to our perceived needs as though no other human could identify with us or understand. ⠀⠀ We look fearfully around us and wonder how our concerns will be met and who will meet them. We hang onto pain, fears, failures, and shame because we’re more comfortable with carrying them around than with releasing them to Someone more … [Read more...]

The Price of Netflix is Going Up

A few nights ago, my husband mentioned from his place on the couch, "I think I'm going to cancel our Netflix account." "Oh, why is that?" I asked, guessing the cost per month was going up again. "They just announced they're going to team up with the ACLU to fight against Georgia's heartbeat law." My reaction was instant: "Well, that's it then. We don't need Netflix that badly."     In the four or five times this past month that I'd logged into my personal Netflix profile, I found myself confronted with stark, anti-Christian previews and … [Read more...]

Easter Eyewitnesses

It seemed like a very “Grandma Cups” Easter celebration, complete with her carrot cake, potatoes au gratin, and a spinach salad just the way she would make it. Missing my family seems sharpest at Easter, and it was good for me this year to throw myself into making special food for my people here at home and enjoy serving them memorable recipes. I always find it so remarkable how memory serves us. Many of the holiday traditions and choices in our home, even certain ways I think and act, are all because I love who my grandma was and I love the way she did holidays. … [Read more...]

This All-Sufficient Grace

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV) Whatever stage of life you’re in, you know the necessity of God’s sufficient grace. We may be tempted to believe, though, that his grace is a thin veneer over what we’re able to do on our own. But His grace accomplishes more than simply shining up our best efforts. It works in us to achieve what God desires to produce in and through … [Read more...]

His Ways For Us Are Good

“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?— the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. Psalms 18:28-31 ESV   If we are confused by the world around us or by our own fleshly feelings about who we are and what we need to be as women, the … [Read more...]