Making Time to Read Again

Making Time to Read Again

Someone once asked me if I thought I read too much. Indignant but compassionate, I replied, “I don’t think that’s possible. Do you think you read too little?” We laughed. And I still laugh about that short interaction, though it took place during my teen years when I could (and did!) devour whole books in…

What is Weightier than Guilt?

What is Weightier than Guilt?

I read something in Scripture that surprised me this morning. That happens less often than I’d like to admit, because God’s Word should surprise me more often. Sometimes I think my surprise barometer is broken. Between the beckoning magazine rack, newspaper, social media feeds, I hear a lot of things each day that should probably surprise…

New Year, New Word

New Year, New Word

Math was never my favorite subject, but sometimes I seek symmetry in dates. I can remember the date I graduated high school (June 5th), the date I graduated college (May 3rd), and the date my debut novel released (June 15th). I wish friends and family members “Happy Birthday Eve” the day before their actual birthdays, and…

In the Midst of the Flood

In the Midst of the Flood

A couple planned their Charleston wedding for the weekend the hurricane came. When the groomsmen, the photographer, and the officiant had no way to make it onto the peninsula, the bride pleaded on a reporter’s borrowed mic for someone to come and marry them. A photography student and a minister were able to answer her plea….

The Kitchen I Want Someday

The Kitchen I Want Someday

I want a kitchen like my mother’s someday. I don’t necessarily mean I want honey-golden countertops like hers, cranberry cabinets, the double fridge set-up, or even a similar dark wooden kitchen table. All of those things are wonderful, and I wouldn’t mind having them. But what I really want goes beyond decor. I want a…