The Power of Words

I’ve been thinking a lot about words recently. My niece is almost three, and her vocabulary is astounding. Not only does she regularly use lingo such as “grandfather” and “adventure,” but she is always trying to learn new words! The past few days, she’s been experimenting with the proper use of many different terms. “Aunty Aileen, what does “hi” mean?” …

I Am Manasseh

If you take a peek at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1, you might find a curious name. Buried in a list that includes renowned figures such as Abraham, David, and Ruth, is a king named Manasseh. He was a particularly horrible ruler. The accounts of him in 2 Chronicles 33 and 2 Kings 21 seemingly paint a picture …

Take Me to the Mountains

Have you ever been in a place where you could almost feel God’s presence? Have you ever observed the magnificent creation around you and just knew that He did it all for you? For me, that place is the mountains. When I am surrounded by rugged, snow-capped peaks, breathing in that fresh, cold air, I am prompted, with the Psalmist, …

The Waiting Game

I hate waiting. I like to have what I want when I want it and for things to happen when I think they’re supposed to happen. I know this sounds super selfish (and it is), but think about it. The lifestyle that we live and the culture we are surrounded by has taught us that waiting is a bad thing. …

The Man on the Other Side of the Street

I love a good story. No matter the theme, context, or location, I promise to be an attentive and enthusiastic listener. For example, I tend to ask people to tell me all about themselves and their life experience the first time I meet them. I know that I am not the only one that enjoys stories of any kind. There …

Christian: Label or Lifestyle?

I’ve often wondered what Christianity looks like from the “outside.” Can unbelievers pick out the Christians in a crowd? Or do they think we’re just a bunch of fakes who slap on a label to ease our own consciences? More importantly, do people know that I’m a Christian? Can they tell by the way that I live my life that …