3 Ways to Fight Depression When Counting Your Gifts Doesn’t Help

Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts made a lasting mark on Christian culture, and rightly so. In her “dare to live fully right where you are,” she recounts her transformation from despair into joyful gratitude through the simple practice of counting her gifts, blessings from God that are all too easy to miss unless weContinue reading “3 Ways to Fight Depression When Counting Your Gifts Doesn’t Help”

When the Timing is Wrong and Your Faith is Wavering

It’s easy for me to sit in judgment on the Israelites, on their lack of faith so soon after God took them out of Egypt. The splitting of the sea, the destruction of the Egyptians, shouldn’t those miracles have carried them for the rest of their days? Shouldn’t the truth that God was good haveContinue reading “When the Timing is Wrong and Your Faith is Wavering”

Why We Should Fight for Community in a Culture that Idolizes Independence

Nearing the end of my time in Russia in 2014, I sat with a close friend trying to puzzle out my next steps. I was going to be in grad school part-time, which would make a full-time job difficult, but I had to find a way to support myself. I was convinced, absolutely convinced, thatContinue reading “Why We Should Fight for Community in a Culture that Idolizes Independence”

Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14a The Word become flesh is the most breathtaking, precise translation of language ever accomplished. In all other cases, there is something lost in translation, the nuances and intimacies of the native tongue sanded away until only the general message remains. But in thisContinue reading “Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh”

I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me

Unclean. Unclean am I, I am unclean, because of a bleeding that won’t stop, no matter how much I adhere to the doctors’ instructions, more outrageous and extravagant by the day. Weakness does not just fill me; it is me. I feel cold in the sun. I want to seek Him, Jehovah, the Lord, theContinue reading “I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me”