I’m Not Good Enough… But I’m Preapproved

I fell behind on my Bible-reading plan. Again. I’ve been trying to read the Bible in four months, and the pace has been overwhelming. What started as a genuine desire to get a birds’ eye-view of the Bible soon gave way to a begrudging attitude. It was yet another chore to check off. And then guilt piled high and weighed …

When Fear Grips Your Heart: The Transformative Power of Trust

Maybe it’s the cancer memoir that struck a nerve deep inside. Maybe it’s my coworker’s casual comment about her friends’ 18-month-old daughter they found dead in her crib, her twin sister screaming at her lifeless playmate, “Up, sissy! Up!” Maybe it’s the feeling of my daughter pressing up against me, eagerly gulping down mama’s milk while looking at me with …

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A Lenten Prayer: Pages From My Prayer Journal

I need to repent of my repentance; I need my tears to be washed; I have no robe to bring to cover my sins, no loom to weave my own righteousness; I am always standing clothed in filthy garments, and by grace am always receiving change of raiment, for thou dost always justify the ungodly. ~Valley of Vision: A Collection …

The Audacity of Grace in My Life, Part 2

Yesterday I shared with you the beginning of my faith walk and my surprising struggle with sin when I had considered myself a good Christian. Here’s the rest of the story. I had been the arrogant older brother in the prodigal son parable (Luke 15:11-32) and the pharisee looking down on the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). I was humbled that …

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The Audacity of Grace in My Life, Part 1

Although I grew up in church, I didn’t really grasp the audacity of grace in my life. Audacity (n.): bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints, the quality of being surprising or shocking I used to think I had a lousy testimony because I grew up in a Christian family and didn’t rebel against my parents or my faith. I …