The Glorious Table

The Truth of the Gospel Found in the Editor’s Red Ink

During my school-aged years, I developed an affinity for the letter A, especially when followed by a little plus sign. It became an indicator of perfection. I developed an even greater distaste for a teacher’s correcting pen. Her red marks on my test papers were evidence that I was not perfect. They were an indicator of my failed attempt to recall the information correctly or solve the [Read more...]

Service: “Have To” or “Get To”?

I frequent a certain fast food chain and always order a number one with lemonade. It doesn’t matter who takes my order, the transaction always ends with, “It’s my pleasure.” The cashier always wears a smile, and I sense he or she truly enjoys serving me that chicken sandwich on a buttery bun. I encounter the same kind of smile at church. Mrs. Rita opens the door for my family almost every [Read more...]

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi I am not prone to yelling. Much. I remember yelling at my brothers and sister when we were young. It was probably over a Matchbox car or someone eating the last Little Debbie. As an adult, I know there are times I let my voice get a little loud during “discussions” with my husband. This is often the [Read more...]

The Importance of Discipleship

“You don’t have to start a new organization, or write a book, or start a new blog. Just make disciples.” ~David Platt We see so many “big” efforts for Christ, especially on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Fundraisers for charity organizations. Viral blog posts encouraging others. Campaigns to end human trafficking. Crusades bringing the lost to Jesus. And sometimes we allow them to [Read more...]

How to Make Room for the Important

When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I rarely feel like I’ve finished everything on my to-do list. More often, I sing myself to sleep with the laundry list of the incomplete. Homework papers left unsigned, dishes left unwashed, and books left unread. Women have a jumble of demands pressing down on them all day, every day. With responsibilities dictating how we spend our time, the most [Read more...]

What We Can Learn from the Empty Tomb

The small town I grew up in is home to Cathedral Caverns, a natural wonder. The cave invites me to explore with an expansive entrance, the largest among commercial caves.  A walk down the one-mile path reveals many feats of nature, including “Goliath,” the world’s largest stalagmite. At the end of that one-mile walk, a park ranger directs visitors to gather around him. He has his finger on [Read more...]

Sharing Love = Sharing the Gospel

“Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.”  ~St. Francis of Assisi I’m a therapist at a hospital. Recently, we had an irritable, uncooperative patient who was putting everyone on her floor on edge. She yelled at every staff member who came into her room. She not-so-politely asked me to leave and not return. At first, I thought of her as an inconvenience. When it was time for me to [Read more...]

Could Your Problem Actually Be Your Provision?

Our natural tendency is to view difficult circumstances as problems. My two-year-old son recently had thrush. It was a huge problem. He developed nasty sores in his mouth resulting in painful screams each time he tried to eat or drink. He stood in front of the pantry crying, “Hungry, hungry!” but as soon as a bite touched his tongue, he cried out in pain, “Hurt, hurt!” He opened his mouth [Read more...]

Redefine Productivity By Making Room for Your Best Day, Every Day

Let me share my perfect day with you. I wake up feeling rested after a full night’s sleep. I saunter into the kitchen to find a pot of hot coffee waiting for me. I share a meaningful conversation with my husband about something other than the day’s schedule. I spend time reading the Bible, journaling, and praying. The quiet surrounds me and I find rest there. I cozy up to finish a novel, [Read more...]

What Matters Most to You Today?

“Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second.”  ~Greg McKeown, Essentialism.  There are moments in life when time seems to stand still. Moving the tassel across the top of your graduation cap will make you forget the drama of the past few years and relish your dreams instead. The past and future meld together when you stand at the altar [Read more...]