The Cryptic Text

28 Mar

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

—Psalm 46:10-11

The cryptic text haunted her all day.

Sarah and I need to talk to you about something tonight. It’s very important and can’t wait. It’s very private and very necessary. We will pick you up at 7:30. I promise it won’t take long.

With hours to go and nothing to do, her mind went in all sorts of directions. Was it one of the kids? Something she’d done? Something she’d said? For the life of her she couldn’t think of a thing.

At exactly eightextingt-seventeen, they dropped her off. She paused before turning the doorknob. Maybe she could pretend nothing had happened. Maybe she could turn and run.

She opened the door, went upstairs, washed her face, and kissed her kids goodnight. The next day she called me.

I sat there silently, taking it in. In the span of forty-seven awful minutes, her heart had been ripped out and her world turned upside down. She was out of her league and in over her head with no idea what to do.

“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Where do I even start? I don’t know what to do.”

You don’t know her story, but perhaps you know how she feels. One minute everything is fine. Life is business as usual with the usual ups and downs.

And then the phone rings.

Or you find an e-mail.

Or receive a diagnosis.

Suddenly, the bottom falls out and the walls cave in, and the air is sucked out of your chest. What do you do, where do you go, when you don’t know where to start?

We cried together, prayed together, and then I told her this:

“Look at me. You will get through this. We will get through this. So let’s start with what we know.”

Here is what we know: (more…)

Why We Can’t Quit the Bachelor

16 Mar

As a morning radio show co-host, my day typically starts with coffee and the news. My first stop is always msn.com. This particular morning, two competing headlines flashed across the screen, both related to the Bachelor:

7 Things We Can Expect from JoJo Fletcher as the Bachelorette

and

‘The Bachelor’ Finale: Ben Engaged, Runner Up Left “Speechless”

I should show my hand. I do not watch the Bachelor.one rose

Anymore.

But I used to.

After season four or five I had to quit. It was too hard watching the same thing play out over and over again: Twenty-five women, desperate for love, competing for the heart of one man who claimed to have “strong feelings” for at least four or five girls at a time. Meanwhile, back at the estrogen cave, alcohol and isolation provoked tears, back-stabbing, and sometimes, all-out war.

No more.

Unless, of course, I “accidently” land on ABC while folding laundry at seven o’clock on a Monday night.

That morning, I couldn’t resist. I clicked on both headlines, noting that the latest Bachelorette hails from my city – Dallas.

So what is it about this show that sucks us in? Why do the girls keep going back for more and why do we keep watching?

I have a theory. (more…)

Finding Love in Leviticus

26 Feb

LeviticusBut if he cannot afford two turtledoves or two young pigeons, he may bring two quarts of fine flour as an offering for his sin.

—Leviticus 5:11 HCSB

My journey at Dallas Theological Seminary has landed me square in the middle of perhaps the most neglected, misunderstood, and even avoided book in the entire Bible.

Welcome to Leviticus.

The book is best known for its laws against sexual immorality, its gruesome sacrifices, and its bizarre differentiations between that which is clean versus that which is unclean.

Um, a cow is clean but a mama with a newborn isn’t?

I know. But if you will give me five minutes of your time, I might be able to give you a fresh perspective.

To understand Leviticus, we must first understand the theme of the Bible as a whole. (more…)

The Broken Ankle

21 Jan

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Grey hiking bootsChrist we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

—Romans 12:4-5 NIV

I blame the boots.

In my defense, they were fabulous boots.

Grey suede faux leather (I’m cheap when it comes to trendy things) with a furry lining that folded over the laces. Four-inch-heeled hiking boots, and baby, I felt fierce.

My sister calls them a “statement piece.” You know what I mean. The kind of clothing item that makes you stand a little bit taller, walk with a bit more swagger, and feel like you’ve hung the moon.

So there I was in the security line at Denver International Airport, fresh off a true mountain-top experience. There were ten of us on the power retreat—all ministry-minded women with a heart for Jesus and a dream of reaching His daughters through conferences and events.

I must have been thinking of them when I fell.

I should back up. (more…)

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