What is Good Friday?

What is Good Friday? It is the day Christians remember Christ’s work on the cross. On Good Friday, Jesus was led to his execution. He was sentenced to a death so horrendous that it was reserved only for non-citizens of the Roman Empire. Not even the worst Roman citizen would have to endure this. And Jesus was sentenced for one reason: Because he claimed to be God. He wasn’t killed for being a good person, for being a wise teacher, for hanging out with tax collectors and prostitutes. He was killed because the Jewish leaders of his day found his claims of deity to be blasphemous. They did not believe he was the promised Messiah. And they understood – rightly – that that is exactly who he was saying he was. But Jesus was the Messiah. He was God in the...

Be Careful Who You Follow

Earlier this week, I led a caravan of students from our church to a bible study at the youth pastor’s house. I had five girls in the van with me, and there were three other cars following me. I’d been to the house before. I thought I remembered how to get there. I was wrong. I didn’t know where I was going (I rarely do – my sense of direction is almost as bad as my culinary abilities). So I kept driving. And driving. When I realized I had gone way too far and we finally pulled over, one of the boys following us said, “I knew we passed the street. But I thought maybe you knew another way.” He shouldn’t have kept following me! He should have pulled beside me and made a “what are you thinking?” face and told me...

Mirror Check

I recently read that, prior to the 1920s, most women had mirrors that were tarnished.  The view they received in those mirrors, then, was fuzzy, imperfect. Like a super-filter on Instagram. All the time. As mirrors improved, women were shocked at what they saw: blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, under-eye bags, crow’s feet, red blotches – no more filter. Beauty products suddenly became a booming business. As I read this, I thought about these verses… “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not...

Hopes, Dreams, and Barbies

My daughters were not allowed to play with Barbie’s until they were 4 and 6 years old. I know, I know. But this is what parents do. Especially with the first child. We are deathly afraid of scarring them for life – and we see “scar potential” in everything. So until the fateful “Barbie ban” was lifted, our daughters – especially Emma (the oldest) – coveted the curvy toy. They played with them in secret when they went to friends’ houses. Emma, on a trip to my grandmother’s, spent an entire day in Barbie heaven when a fellow grandma gave her a huge box-o-Barbie’s to play with. They would beg and plead for Barbie’s. When we were at Target or Wal-Mart, they would stare at the Barbie displays,...

REVOLUTIONARY Winner…

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway! I truly wish I could give each of you an advanced copy of REVOLUTIONARY. Sadly, I just have one. And that one goes to… Lili!! I was so impressed with your tenacity. You really want to read this book. That makes me so happy! And to answer your question – yes, it is hard to keep all those secrets. I’m happy to be able to send the book off and know one more person knows how this series ends There will be more giveaways closer to the release date (July 15), including a blog tour. I’ll post details about that when it gets closer. Until then, I’ll keep posting about life, Jesus, and writing – so stick around. I love hearing from you all, and I am SO grateful for...