Sharing Faith and Losing Face

Last year, I gave a number of professional writing workshops to non-native English speakers in New York City. During a break at a workshop in Manhattan, one woman said something that threw me off a bit.  “You have an inner smile when you teach. Is this your teaching style, or is it just your personality?”  An innerContinue reading “Sharing Faith and Losing Face”

Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect

In improv comedy, there’s a lovely little principle called “yes, and.” When you’re in the middle of a skit, you never question what your co-actor does. If he says, “I hate this Georgia heat,” you don’t say “Seriously, honey? It’s winter and we’re in Maine.” As an actor, you know that the best way to create anContinue reading “Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect”

What If Your Fears Come to Pass?

Hope, what if your deepest fears come to pass? Your deepest fears, the ones that prickle just beneath your skin, the ones that no matter how hard you try to quiet, still pound in time with your heartbeat?  If your fears come to pass, does it mean that your life will turn from one ofContinue reading “What If Your Fears Come to Pass?”

When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” Psalm 13:1-2 _______________________________ Sarah had had it. She was done. The promise of that long-awaited child had been nonsense, a joke,Continue reading “When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises”

Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about how the Lord has convicted me of romanticizing my sin.  In the same way that the Israelites decorated their idols with gold and silver (Isaiah 40:18-19), I’ve painted sinful thought patterns in so many layers of lies that I’ve actually believed they were beautiful. Odysseus’ approach to theContinue reading “Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)”