Your Body Matters to God | 3 Principles of Christian Embodiment

I pulled the hand weight up to my shoulder, letting out one last grunt. I eyed myself from every angle in the mirror-clad room, as sweat dripped from the tip of my nose. Putting the weights back in their place, I gathered my things from the shelf (I’ve never had enough patience for a cool-down…

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To be Mothered | A Prayer

Our good God, Today will be littered with cards and flowers, chocolates and hugs. Today there will be no apparent end to the hand-drawn stick figures scratched in green crayon next to the almost-legible: To Mom. Today we will give thanks to You for the good gift of mothers and motherhood and to our mothers,…

On Getting Older (Or: Preparing for Rest)

I held the hot washcloth to my face just a moment longer. Particularly pressing around my eyes, I took a deep breath and let the humid air fill my nostrils and lungs. I took a look in the mirror to find where the remnants of the day’s makeup had left its mark. (Everywhere. The answer…

Just as He Said | Day XXX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 14:18-19 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see Me. Because…

When Dying Feels like Death

There are times when dying feels like death. Having grown up in a Christian church and home, I’m well-accustomed to the language of “dying to self” and “taking up my cross.” The words are readily on my lips when someone speaks of sacrifice, or the call to missions, or the call to serve their local…

Just as He Said | Day XXVIII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 10:17-18 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it…

Just as He Said | Day XXII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Zechariah 12:10  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on…