This summer, when I turned to the first page of Elisabeth Elliot’s “Passion and Purity,” I tried to have an open mind. Through the years, I’ve read dozens of books about dating and marriage, and unfortunately many have fallen flat in the face of extended singleness. Amid the recent mass cynicism toward purity culture (culminating… Continue reading Rediscovering “Passion and Purity”
"I sometimes wonder why others don’t see it or feel it. Life is sad. People are hurting. Why aren’t more people sad? But sadness doesn’t sell well, and it doesn’t seem to preach well either. But it’s there. It’s there in our families and ministries. It’s there in our churches and friendships." ~ Jonathan Trotter… Continue reading Thoughts on Hope and Sadness
"Everybody lies." My nineteen-year-old eyes widened as I listened, speechless. How could my fiancé excuse his dishonesty like that? How could he think that way? He was a Christian. We read the Bible together. I trusted him. How could he lie to me? In the aftermath of my teenage betrayal, I was baptized into adulthood… Continue reading Who Can You Trust?
Love is a tree that shimmers verdant light on those who rest in its green shade. It is safety and rest. Love is the home we always long for, even when we sit in our living rooms, feet propped up on the coffee table. Sometimes, love finds us. We open our closet doors one morning… Continue reading Love is a Tree in Winter
Sometimes the only thing worse than being single is thinking about singleness. Or talking about singleness. Or reading about singleness. Or writing about singleness. For the past three years, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to write for a Christian relationship service. I’ve learned so much about myself and about relationships through the process.… Continue reading When I Don’t Know What to Say About My Singleness