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…

Are You Giving God Time to Work?

A couple of years ago our vehicle quit working properly and there was nothing we could do to fix it. My husband researched and tried everything the internet and manuals suggested, yet nothing was correcting the problem. In the end, we finally decided to take it to a mechanic because he was someone who was…