A Year on the Mountain

People used to tell me “If God told you all the plans He has for your life at once you wouldn’t be able to handle it.” And I liked when people said that, because it communicated to me unfathomable potential. It made my imagination start brimming with signs, wonders, miracles, ministries, reputation, travel, opportunity. It…

Treasured Delays

Chris pulled the emergency break and the car came to a halt, smoke suddenly rising up from the front wheels. This didn’t seem good. We had only been on this steep, winding road for about 15 minutes and had at least half an hour to go. This seemed to be the road-less-traveled, we hadn’t seen…

Every Little “Yes”

“Yes” It’s a short word that rolls of our tongue every single day. But at times it’s not so simple to say. Sometimes a “yes” carries with it a sacrifice. Sometimes we feel ourselves sliding back to our toddler days and all we want to say is “NO!” and throw our food on the floor,…

Expecting the Unknown

It was just after the peak of the afternoon, the sun began to teeter to the side of the sky and the shadows began to stretch, the cool of the evening so far yet so close. Yet, for me the opportunities of the day were just beginning.  The temple was bustling with activity as Jews…

SELAH

I sat with my feet dangling over the edge of the rough brick wall, my heartbeat and breath still in synch with the rhythm of my run, and looked out over the bulky, steadily moving river beneath me. I let the water fill my vision. To my left, beyond what my eyes could see, was…

The Gap Between Where I Am and Where I Want to Be

In my life I have continually battled the issue of perfectionism and in different seasons God has given me different revelations in order to combat the inward striving to be perfect. Vulnerability. Surrender. Humility. And here He goes, moving in my life once again, to remind me that I’m far from perfect and I don’t…

Becoming a Belonger

Wanderer: (n) a person who travels aimlessly. When I think of this person, I think of someone who has no place to call home. And sometimes I feel like that person, wandering about, never establishing roots deep enough to consider a place home. Yet most of the time, this description doesn’t really fit me. Because,…

A Safe Place by Lucie Jerch

I close my eyes and go to the place in my mind where comfort dwells, my safe place.  I walk down the hall to room 6 at Grace Villa nursing home where mom spent her last seven years.  I enter the room and pass by bed #1, the one her roommate Sharon once occupied, to…

The Truth About Lust and Love Part 3: Restoring Dignity

“Pleasure and wealth may not be seen as good and right if they are selfish, indulgent, or displeasing to the God who created the pleasure and the gains to begin with.” Matt Chandler Lust is the exploitation of a person’s vulnerability. It is the objectification of one of God’s children, viewing them as someone who…

The Truth About Lust and Love Part 2: Vending Machine Gods

There is a part of my heart that aches when I see someone bowing to a statue. It’s a feeling that is extremely hard to explain, but has to be witnessed to be understood. Christians know in theory that idolatry is wrong, they’ve read about the golden calf in the Bible and God’s rage toward…

Five Days Akha

I wove up the snaky, narrow mountain road in the dark, trailing behind 13 year old Esther on her scooter, my host for the week. I left my expectations for this immersion experience at the bottom of the mountain, since most of them, including where and with whom I would be staying, had already been…