Posts from May 2016

The Habit of Solitude

Have you ever had one of those days where things are just crazy? I’m not just talking busy, but over the moon, pull your hair out crazy? You move from one thing to the next to the next to the next without stopping. But it’s not just the transitions from one event to another—the events or meetings or classes or whatever are crazy too! Sometimes, when I’m having one of those days, I just need to stop for a moment…

The Habit of Fasting

Lent, the season leading up to Easter, is a popular time to fast. We don’t call it that, but people make pledges to give up something for lent. It might be something small like chocolate or sugared drinks. It might be an action like not saying a certain phrase or doing some poor habit anymore. The idea is to give up some sort of “bad” practice to become a better person or a better Christ-follower. The hope is that after…

The Habit of Meditation

Do you ever find yourself being pulled from task to task in rapid succession? I have days like that and it always feels like I wasn’t able to get much accomplished. My time and attention is so divided that I don’t feel like I make much progress on any one item. Focusing on a larger quantity of tasks superficially over one or two tasks in great detail produces different results. The same is true about reading the Bible. Sometimes I…

Women of Faith

Becoming a parent changed everything in my life. I remember the moment I found out we were having a child. We were at a restaurant and I sat down at the table living in one reality, but left in another. Everything changed in the blink of an eye with a few simple words. Mary had one of those moments, but it didn’t come from a pregnancy test or doctor’s visit. Rather, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and brought the…