To nestle in his presence

Walking with Jesus

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes […]

October 15, 2013

Closets and community

Walking with Jesus

This summer I heard a woman strongly caution against receiving truth from flawed sources. As in other people. “Anyone we allow to speak truth to us,” she said, “becomes our god.” With all due respect, this cannot be so. Everything good speaks truth to us, albeit imperfectly—even the sky. The heavens declare the glory of God, […]

October 14, 2013


Walking with Jesus

Once upon a time, Mr. Alexander Graham Bell (whom we shall call God for short) picked up a telephone and spoke over it to his assistant, Mr. Thomas Watson. Did Mr. Watson hear the famous words ring out, “Mr. Watson—Come here—I want to see you”? He did not. In fact he heard nothing. Perhaps a […]

October 13, 2013

Spirit wisdom

Walking with Jesus

Sometimes God’s voice is misunderstood. And from your stories, I know you know the other half of this truth. Sometimes God’s voice is unmistakable. Confession: I am crying now because this is the part that feels too big for my small fingers to type. The Lord Jesus has given us His Spirit. The Holy Spirit […]

October 12, 2013


Walking with Jesus

“To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isaiah 66:2 I remember being a little girl, wondering when I would hear God speak. Would he speak out loud? What if I missed him? What if he asked me to do something […]

October 11, 2013

A question for starters

Walking with Jesus

Confession: I’m stalling. I know what I have to write about and it feels big to me, so I’m checking my husband’s facebook account, researching a few song lyrics, twiddling with a draft, and writing on other topics. This is silly. So I have a question for you. How do you know when God speaks […]

October 10, 2013

The benediction

Brain things

This has felt like a sermon, and I am relieved to come to the close of my inadvertent mini-series on femininity. Here are the two last things I have to say about beauty. Ask yourself carefully if they are true, and listen to the Spirit’s voice. 1. There’s a natural beauty God gives. And He […]

May 9, 2012