The Dirty Side of Christmas

The Dirty Side of Christmas

I was a new kindergarten teacher on a field trip with my class. We had just stepped off the bus when one of my students got sick and came running to me covered in vomit. My reaction was swift. I shrieked and ran away from him, causing the rest of the class to do the same. Luckily, a parent sprung into action and came to the poor kid’s rescue as I gagged behind the bus.   So maybe I’m a bit of a germ-o-phobe. But I bet even...

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God, I’m Stressed: Where’s The Chocolate?

God, I’m Stressed: Where’s The Chocolate?

Recently, I read an article by Harvard Health Publications that said severe stress causes people to increase their intake of high sugary and fatty foods. No disrespect to Harvard, but I could have told them this without the Ivy League degree. I feel this scientific fact anytime I have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and find myself stuffed before the dessert menu is even out. Not that there is anything wrong with enjoying a hearty meal and/or...

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Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

I loved living in the States; however, when my husband and I felt the Lord leading us to return to India, I began looking forward to running medical clinics, evangelism outreaches, and continuing to raise my three children.  And, not gonna lie–I also looked forward to hiring a maid. Whether you high-five your maid or raise a disdained eyebrow at the notion, this type of service is common in India and is thread throughout the biblical...

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When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When I was just out of college, I housesat for an actress in Los Angeles. One afternoon, her dog ransacked the bedroom and shredded up whatever he could get his teeth on: blankets, books, and to my horror, an audition script for a TV show. I was young, not yet a Christian, and too embarrassed by the incident to say anything about it. I replaced the blankets and books, but had no clue how to find a replacement script. I pieced together what I...

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“La, la, la… I don’t want to know”: Too Comfy to Care

“La, la, la… I don’t want to know”: Too Comfy to Care

A few months ago, I had an unexpected day off of work, so I decided to get cozy on my sofa. I grabbed a soft throw blanket and could not wait to find a good movie to watch on TV! As I flipped through all the possible flicks, one caught my eye. I had avoided this particular movie previously because of the cover image of a lonely woman who just looked cold and isolated. It screamed “Debbie Downer.” Perhaps against my better judgment, I decided to...

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Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Do you ever feel like God is holding out on you? I remember wearing a promise ring that meant my boyfriend and I would eventually be together forever. We had dated off and on for five and a half years. I wanted God’s permission and blessing on our relationship, so when I went to a Christian conference, I decided to leave the ring at home and put the relationship entirely in God’s hands. If He didn’t want us together, then we’d break up. I...

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Exhale

Exhale

Growing up, I was a legalistic, private school girl. I had my prayer check list and felt very guilty if I did not have that hour long quiet time daily with the Lord. I would feel sinful anytime I threw up a quick prayer before a test or as I was rushing somewhere, thinking that the Lord was probably angry at my flippant use of prayer. The more I get to know God, I have a different perspective. Now, I see that we are actually called to “pray...

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Breaking In … and Breaking Free

Breaking In … and Breaking Free

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). When most people think of evil and its presence, they think of The Exorcist, or some horrible, frightening figure. They expect evil to come in some painfully obvious way. However, we should never forget that the enemy often uses craftiness (Gen 3:1) and even perversions of God’s own Word (Gen 3:1-4; Matt...

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Free from being Good

Free from being Good

My childhood goal was to be a “good girl,” taking perfectionism to a whole new level. I belonged to every club, was an honor student, and felt incredibly guilty if I did not have an hour of quiet time with God every evening—praying and reading my Bible. I knew the Truth that God would not love me less for any sin I committed. This was not hard for me to grasp since I thought I had not committed any sin too hellacious at this point. However, I...

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Yielding is Wielding

Yielding is Wielding

I’ve been married to my prince charming, Anthony, for six-and-a-half years now. We met seconds before walking down the aisle as bridesmaid and groomsman in the wedding of two friends. It’s a story that we love, I mean LOVE to tell. Probably the reason it resonates so much with both of us is that we admittedly had nothing to do with how we hooked up. He was fresh out of a near-engagement, and I was just starting graduate school. Also, after...

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