The School of Servanthood

The School of Servanthood

I was fifteen when I finished my last high school textbook. I set it down with a huge sigh of relief. School was one of the greatest drains on my time. There were so many things I wanted to do—write books, travel, plant gardens, teach children…who has time for schoolwork? My parents, however, weren’t quite…

Glory Revealed

Glory Revealed

There is singing as we slip in the back. We’re late, which is normal for evening services. The cows can only be milked so fast and we can only start so early. The congregation is singing, “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior…” Our bench soon fills with other farmers, also late with still-damp…

a pearl of great price

a pearl of great price

My father bought it for her after one of the hardest years of her life, when she was struggling with feeling rejected and unheard after years of service. The pearl ring was worn on her finger and she would whisper the story sometimes, if you caught her in the right mood. “There are many times…

The Bible for Breakfast

The Bible for Breakfast

Our family is not so much for mornings. In fact, though I love to get up early, I do not like to speak for the first 45 minutes, at least. My husband would rather snooze until the last possible second and my daughter thinks waking up is for the birds. But when our family came…

Why not now, Lord?

Why not now, Lord?

Rain splatters on the windows. It is cold, but the air is warm. “Come look!” my daughter pulls at my arm, her brown eyes sparkling. There are new piggies in the barn. They hide from the camera and grunt happily as they munch on corn behind the water dish. We talk about names and I…

A Memoir of Love

A Memoir of Love

In the distant future, in a post-apocalyptic world, there lives a woman named Love. Her life is anything but simple, with the trafficked slave-girl turned adopted-daughter, Clare, and the rest of her family, which includes young twins and a husband who is a key part of a Revolution. But her spiritual gift of Love, which earned her name, along…

When Modesty Isn’t About You

When Modesty Isn’t About You

Modesty. Swimwear. The videos and articles have circled the web. If you travel in any conservative circles, then I’m sure you’ve seen them. The words themselves can elicit a plethora of reactions from those reading them. I’m a bit hesitant to join the conversation because I believe we, as Christians, are called to a high standard…