Category Archive: LIVING

#7 Sin, suffering, and salvation

Why would anyone want to read a post about sin? Number seven here of my top ten posts likely got some traction because I previously began it referencing Donald Trump in this context.… Continue reading

#10 No God, no hope

So I’m counting down my top ten blog posts to commemorate my ten-year blogging anniversary. Most of them earned a spot by number of views; a few by being well-liked. Number ten here… Continue reading

The final fork

I just can’t get into a storyline peppered with names like Smeagol, Boromir, and Isildur. Huh? Especially when they inhabit bizarre worlds constantly in danger from creepy or menacing orcs, balrogs, and the… Continue reading

Entering the crucible

Part 10….35 years….explanation….read it here. We used to have a nice, little Christian bookstore near our home and I would periodically drop in for resources or gifts. On one occasion as I was… Continue reading

Faith that threatens

This is Part 9…blah, blah, blah…intro is here. When my husband and I married I was a Christian in name only and he not even. He had had some minimal involvement in church… Continue reading

Homework, housework, and hermeneutics

This is Part 8 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. I really didn’t want to go….I remember that distinctly. Bible study? I’m not ready for that yet,… Continue reading

A heavenly transaction

This is Part 7 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. So there I was, a new creation. Ta da! You know that dance scene at the end… Continue reading

God speaks

This is Part 6 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. God is in the business of saving souls. He doesn’t want any to perish, his word says.… Continue reading

A tragedy transformed

This is Part 5 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. “You stay there, Danny. I’m just going to straighten it out.” I live in a semi-rural neighborhood… Continue reading

The object of my quest

This is Part 4 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. September 7, 1985 – “Been thinking a lot lately about a lot of things…the… Continue reading

Functional agnosticism

This is Part 3 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. For most of the first half of my life my spirituality went largely unexamined.… Continue reading

Discerning the depths

This is Part 2 of my personal reflection series 35 years a saint. You can read my introduction here. I wonder sometimes how my life and the lives of my children would be… Continue reading

35 years a saint

1986. I was a stay-at-home young mother of three children, ages one to five. Though life was less than thrilling, it was really all I ever wanted….to bear and raise a couple of… Continue reading

If God is not good, he’s bad

Even the most faithful Christian can find herself succumbing to waves of doubt when trials multiply and weigh her down. One tragedy or affliction follows another in a seemingly never-ending pattern of suffering,… Continue reading

The most momentous junction

New Year’s resolution….blah, blah, blah.…lose weight, quit smoking, get healthy.…blah, blah, blah….off the diet, still lighting up, quit the gym….blah, blah, blah. Wait eleven and a half months. Repeat. It’s that time of… Continue reading