Humility's Arch Enemy: Pride

Humility's Arch Enemy: Pride

It is impossible to talk about humility without first talking about its arch enemy – Pride. A few months ago, I felt a deep unveiling of the depth of my pride, not only in my conversations and thoughts, but in my parenting, friendships (or lack thereof), mental comparisons and glances. I told my husband one evening that I felt like I should write PRIDE in all capital letters across my mirror so every morning when I looked at my reflection I could be reminded of the depth of my sin. Thankfully, our God of grace is much gentler….

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Trusting God’s Timing

Trusting God’s Timing

Recently, while reading John 11, I found myself sympathizing with Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. This chapter opens with Jesus learning of Lazarus being ill, and eventually dying. When Jesus reaches Bethany, and Mary comes to see him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:32 NIV). How many times in your life have you said, “Lord, if you had been here, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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Yesterday, Today and Forever

Yesterday, Today and Forever

Endgame. My kids had been following the new Marvel movies for years – like my husband and I followed the Star Wars saga from our youth. In fact, several of the movies came out when my kids were little, so we rented and searched them on Netflix until they were all caught up on all 21 movies. Then for the past year, they waited with anticipation for the final installment, Endgame, was released in the theaters.

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The Testimony of Experience

The Testimony of Experience

You know that super talkative friend you have? We all have at least one. Let’s say they’ve just returned from a great vacation. When you see them after they get back, you know there is no such thing as “the five-minute version”—you’re getting the whole story, beginning to end. You might roll your eyes (internally of course) but when we get to explaining a year later why we went to the same destination ourselves, it’s not just because we read about it in a magazine or saw a couple of gorgeous pictures on Instagram.

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Grace, Gratitude and Freedom

Grace, Gratitude and Freedom

As the minimalist craze sweeps across our nation, I find myself getting caught in the hype. I am actively decluttering and throwing out things that no longer bring me joy. One of the items I unearthed during this phase was an old prayer journal. As I sat and poured over its contents, I was transported back in time to 2014. Though this was merely 5 years ago, it seemed an eternity had passed since I experienced the heartache and uncertainty that occurred through most of that year.

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Hope for the Weary

Hope for the Weary

Some of my favorite lyrics come from the song “Weary” by Amel Larrieux. Larrieux soulfully sings, “This woman is growing weary of having to be so strong. Of having to pretend I'm made of stone, so I don't end up with no broken bones. I can't fight every battle alone.” Have you ever had a moment in which you could relate to these lyrics? My moment came at the age of 17.

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Hope in the Resurrection

Hope in the Resurrection

Few things leave me more surprised than meeting people who still have joy in the midst of tragedy. Tragedy struck my home in an unsuspected way a few months ago. I gave birth to what I thought was a perfectly healthy baby in March 2018. Four months later I found myself holding that same baby who had a collapsed lung due to his intestines being in the wrong part of his body (google late onset congenital diaphragmatic hernia). This biological error had caused my small baby to struggle to breath off and on since his birth.

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