Anatomy and physiology was fascinating to me, until the day we walked into the lab and had to dissect a cat. I remember thinking, “Nope.” I sat shamefully and watched my lab team in horror, as they slowly peeled back the layers of that cat and pulled out its insides. My apologies to the friends who did all of the work while I sat there--nose wrinkled and mouth dropped open in disbelief, trying not to gag. In the next lab class we had a test to ... Read More about How to Open Up the Bible and Take it Apart
You wouldn’t mind going to the dump with us, if you could see the views. On the left, we pass McWenneger Slough, which almost always has an aluminum fishing boat on it. The highway makes a sweeping curve to the right, before you feel like you’re going to run straight into the Rockies. Fields of canola line the road on either side, broken up by an occasional old, red barn and stands of pine trees that no farmer had the heart to cut down. One ... Read More about Knowing God As Father
My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful Dutch oven for Christmas. Because I had been watching consecutive episodes of Food Network shows, I felt expert in using such fine cooking equipment. Until I read the instructions. Cast iron is intimidating. You can’t put it in the dishwasher. Can’t let it air dry. Can’t allow it to change temperatures too quickly. I read the instructions twice before daring to use the thing. I wish when I had been a ... Read More about Breaking Free from the Clutches of Unauthorized Guilt
When my first child was born someone gave me a baby gift that stayed in the drawer for a long time. Because I didn’t know how it was meant to be used. It was two hour-glass-shaped pieces of flannel sewn together, with filling in the middle like a quilt, but it wasn’t large enough to be a blanket. When I showed my husband the gift he shrugged his shoulders. I stuck the thing in a drawer. One day the gift giver said, “Do you like the burp rag ... Read More about Are You Shaped To Be a Faith Builder?