Alligators brushed against my unprotected legs as I stood quivering in the murky, moonlit bayou water. My three bosses--all Jennifer Aniston clones--required me to catch a gator with my bare hands before I could join them in the boat. Then they tossed my bathroom scale in the water. “We need to know your weight before… Continue reading Incomparable: Seeing Ourselves through a New Lens
My shyness was almost painful and certainly debilitating. As a little kid I’d hide behind my mom, the couch, a tree, whatever was handy, willing myself to disappear into the very earth if possible. Don’t look at me, I’d plead inwardly. Don’t make me speak. Over the years it grew worse, not better. I’d settle… Continue reading Learning to Turn My Gaze Outward
I don’t recall there ever being as much anticipation and excitement for a new year as there was surrounding 2020: “20/20! It’s the year of perfect vision!” Now, nine months in, “perfect” is far from the list of words most would choose to describe it. Maybe it’s all in how you see it. I’m quite… Continue reading Perfect Vision 20/20
Have you ever been stuck in the middle of a mess, then out of nowhere comes exactly the help you need? Between academic overload and heavy work commitments, our lives are incredibly busy and structured, so our family tries to plan a couple of weeks of fun every summer. This year, coronavirus restrictions hindered travel,… Continue reading Stuck in the Middle of a Mess
If you’re finding yourself riding waves of concern and a bit of anxiety today, you’re not alone. Many of us feel hope, grief, joy, frustration, and fear. But we can stand firm knowing they are tools to remind us of our need for Jesus.