Perfect in Weakness (2 Cor. 12:9)

I am inadequate. Praise God! This beautiful truth came as such a relief to me as I was out in the garden, thinking (read: worrying) about the upcoming school year. As excited as I am to begin work as a library tech in a brand new school, I have been freaking out about beginning theContinue reading “Perfect in Weakness (2 Cor. 12:9)”

The Value Game (and other lies I’ve told myself)

I’ve established a mental hierarchy based on relationship status. In some part of my mind, I believe that, the deeper I go in a relationship, the more valuable I become. Like value is being incrementally poured into me when I find out someone likes me, wants to date me or be my boyfriend. Conversely, if I’m not dating anyone, it is because I am less valuable—less valuable than others who are dating people. Less valuable than I myself would be, if only I were in a relationship…

Are you going to eat that?

For me, practicing self-control with food is a lot harder when the food is right in front of me. Sure I may have the ingredients for cookies scattered throughout my pantry, but avoiding the food processor is a lot easier than turning up my nose to a Danish sample at the grocery store. It’s aContinue reading “Are you going to eat that?”

Submission Guidelines (Jordan Journal)

As some of you know, my mom and I co-edit a bimonthly literary journal… Jordan Journal is pleased to release submission guidelines for our upcoming issue, “Linger.” Please send your poetry and photography submissions (including a brief bio) to jordanjournalcollective@gmail.com by June 17. Theme Guidelines: “Wait continually for your God.” ~Hosea Our fast-paced world isContinue reading “Submission Guidelines (Jordan Journal)”

God isn’t a Literacy Coach

“God isn’t a literacy coach.”That’s the message I heard from my mom one afternoon during college while we were talking on the phone. I was pacing around outside the public library, and talking about how I sometimes (make that often) had trouble reading the Bible.  Opening it was a scary thing for me, because ofContinue reading “God isn’t a Literacy Coach”

There is No Contest

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 What does it mean to “overcome” here?  For me, it brings up images of a struggle between light and darkness, which rubs against my understanding. I mean, I get that there’s definitely spiritual warfare in the world, but there’s alsoContinue reading “There is No Contest”