The Purpose of Exile

Inviting others back to the table But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or a greedy person, or an idolater, or is verbally abusive, or habitually drunk, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a person.  ~ I Corinthians 5:11, MASBContinue reading “The Purpose of Exile”

The Joy of Living Water

Imagine being the subject of town gossip because of your choices. Imagine having to walk to a well carrying a heavy clay jar in the heat of the afternoon because you couldn’t bear the stares if you drew water when the other women of the city were there. Imagine feeling shame, repeated rejection, and loneliness,Continue reading “The Joy of Living Water”

Life Lessons Learned from a Wiener Dog

Do’s and don’ts from my little diva I’m working from home today, which is almost always a collection of challenges and perks. Perk: I get to skip the makeup. Challenge: There’s a 9-pound attention hog doing her doggie dance, or her doggie whine, or her doggie bark-at-invisible-intruders. I confess I usually end up “wasting” atContinue reading “Life Lessons Learned from a Wiener Dog”

Boundaries for Beginners

Flourishing in my circle In my early adulthood, someone recommended a book to me. It was called Boundaries, and it was written by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I bought it and never read it. It would be years before I began to understand why my friend recommended it and even longer before I understood whyContinue reading “Boundaries for Beginners”

Choosing the Voices I Heed

Learning who to allow into my audience Several years ago, someone sent me a poem about the people who are part of the audience of your life. The piece explored who should be allowed in our front row. It was powerful, and I read it repeatedly, even saved it in a Word document. That wasContinue reading “Choosing the Voices I Heed”