A Guide to Doing Hard Things in the Land of Not Yet

One of my posts from last week was actually part of a draft for a talk I gave in church today. The topic was "We can do hard things!" Here are my more complete thoughts on that and on how Christ is essential to our ability to overcome.  Today I want to talk about the Land …

Not Yet

Today I want to tell you about the Land of Not Yet—a beautiful and dangerous place, a place with innumerable pitfalls and opportunities. Not Yet is full of every imaginable landscape, plant, animal and person. Sometimes Not Yet appears to be a land of black and white. People there can choose to be kind or …

Brown sugar alchemy

On Wednesday I found two 3 x 5 card boxes of my grandma's recipes hiding behind a jumble of recipe books. My Aunt Janice was the recipe keeper before I borrowed them about 10 years ago; I have had them ever since. These are the tasty relics of an earlier era: gum drop cookies. Turtles. Cranberry pudding with …

Don’t let the great be the enemy of the good

I have massive creativity anxiety. I love to create, but it also scares me, especially when it's something really close to my heart. Nevertheless, I've decided to stop letting that be an excuse for not creating. Don't let the great be an enemy of the good, so I've been told. I love photography and have been …

Hello again, and some good (I hope!) reads

Is it really almost July? Where is this year going? I haven't written here for a while because I was soaking up California rays (which involved getting on a plane for the first time in two years--hurrah and triumph!) and then getting back in the swing of things. However, I've written a couple of articles for other sites …