Comfort Chili and Climbing Mountains

Living like Jesus is risky. Jesus… loved the unloved did not equate his value to the rise of “likes” and “hearts” by strangers on Social Media was a poor, oppressed man of color who listened more than He spoke was driven to call out systems of injustice and not cower when challenged was holy, the…

Making Room for God

Remember last week when I talked about Lent, a time for setting aside distractions/time-takers to focus on drawing nearer to God? Well, I found one way to make room for God…literally making more room (space) in my home for time with God! 40 Bags in 40 Days Thanks to this awesome idea, we can declutter…

Pancake Day!

Happy Shrove Tuesday! AKA Mardi Gras AKA Fat Tuesday AKA eat all of the sweet/fattening stuff in your house to clear it out for Lent day. As a kid, my dad would always bring home a giant king cake to enjoy together as a family. It was a really fun tradition. While I knew Mardi…

Mystic Pizza

Let’s be real. I love pizza. And I love God. No, like I REALLY love pizza. No trip to New York is complete without a few (dozen) visits to 2 Bros pizza, the corner shops all over the place advertising $1 slices. (And I love a good bargain, too.) And I lived on giant slices…

A Sojourner’s Home

Ever been a stranger in a strange land? Think of a time when you walked in a room and knew NO ONE. Suddenly, a friendly person warmly greeted you and included you in the group, instantly putting you at ease. What. A. Lifesaver. If you and I welcome strangers, are they really strangers any more? (I…

Small great things

I recently read this book. It’s written for adults who like to view a story from three different characters’ perspectives, or lenses. The story is deep and wide and made me confront some of the lenses I use to view others; while I already try my best, when each of us get new information, it’s…

Goose on the loose

I really, really like animals…until they get in my way. There is a community of wild geese that have been hanging out in our church parking lot lately. Sometimes they are quiet and calm and congregate in one small section of snowy ground (like a morning Bible study). And sometimes they are loudly honking, spread…