When You Feel Like Giving Up

I am sitting on the bed in a tangle of sheets, a puddle of tears, telling my husband, “I can’t. I can’t do this. I can’t be away from family and friends and starting a new church in a strange city and so stressed about money and sad about our miscarriage all the time. I…

What Are You Waiting For?

I was feeling a little like Betty Crocker one day and decided to bake cookies. But as I read the instructions on the back of the box (yes, they were box cookies…don’t judge), I realized the recipe called for one stick of “soft” butter. Not melted. And definitely not cold which is what mine was.…

How to Pray When God Seems Silent

I call my friend on the phone. “You’ll never believe what happened to me today,” I moan. “Oh no!” she says, in her most sympathetic voice. “Tell me everything.” I launch into the story, holding back no detail because I know this friend will appreciate all the nuances, including the messy parts where I wasn’t…