Surprised by Age

Creation / Family / Ordinary Life

When I was visiting my daughter, her son Mason, who was seven, quietly took her aside and said, “Mom, could I ask White-haired Grandma…

Who Brings Home the Bacon?

Community / Faith / Family / Work and Rest

In the current tug-o-war about gender responsibilities in Christian marriages, many couples have the challenge of deciding who “brings home the bacon.” The tension…

Fleeting

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

On a morning late in April I woke and couldn’t remember where I was. There had been too many beds that month. When I…

Reclaiming Toothpaste

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Reclaiming toothpaste “Dude!! You need to chill!” I don’t ordinarily talk like this, calling someone “Dude.” It’s pretentious for a woman my age. But…

Summer Shorts

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Spirituality / Work and Rest

In a moment of general regret my husband said: “I’m sorry.” He was looking at me with tears in his eyes. I thought he…

Leaving All, Gaining All

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Safe Place / Spirituality

Author’s note: This was originally delivered as a talk at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL on April 1, 2011, as part of a series of…

Psalms in the Dark

Family / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

I’ve always thought of myself as intuitive because that is how I score on all personality tests. It is supposed to bless me with…

Using Words to Wound Instead of Heal

Community / Family / Maturity and Flourishing

It is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then…

To Be Where You Are

Community / Creation / Family / Ordinary Life

Spring was cancer season for friends. (You might want to cancel friendship with us.) When Kosmo (Carol Kosmicke) began to experience little seizures and…

Youth Culture and Growing Up

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

It is impossible to think about “growing up” in modern America without considering the role of the “youth culture” which every young person—even those…