Abundant Grace, Part 1 & 2

Part 1 As if it were all playing out in slow motion, everything began to evolve in front of my eyes. One by one, the members of the jury stood to their feet with one purpose firmly planted in their hearts and minds. It was quite clear that their only goal was to rid themselves…

In Trials Like These, Part 2

On April 26, 2019, around 6:30 in the morning, I suffered my first seizure. It occurred while I was sleeping so fortunately, I do not remember it. This seizure caused me to fall out of my bunk at college which was about five feet off the ground. I fell directly on my head and continued…

In Trials Like These, Part 1

I fell asleep that night as care-free as a 19-year-old sophomore in college at the end of the semester could be able to. With finals coming up and a ton of packing to do, I went out for donuts a few hours earlier with my roommate, Taylor, and another friend to shake off the accumulating…

Dreaming

When I was a child, I had big dreams—starting with first grade when I wrote that I was going to be a missionary and look like Princess Diana when I grew up. Of course, as I got older those dreams changed; because of my many interests as well as my admiration for my mother, I…

Children as Blessings

Sometimes our greatest frustrations can also be our greatest blessings. And I’m thinking of something very specific when I write that statement. In my house, it comes in the form of three little boys. That’s right, my children. Sometimes, I get to the end of a long day in which, for one reason or another,…

Sweet Ebenezers

Do you remember the first time you sang these lines in the beloved hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”? “Here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.” Maybe you were curious about this strange new word that sounded like the name of someone’s great-great grandfather. Maybe you were a little annoyed…

Miracle Money

We are walking into George Müller territory. Recently, I heard a Bible teacher (via DVD) lament that his children may miss out on critical lessons on faith, because God had given them so many physical comforts. We pray that our children would also understand living faith in our living God. Unlike George Müller and his…

A Very Present Help

“Your baby is not going to make it. She will eventually die.” Sitting behind his desk, my gynecologist gave my husband and me this difficult news. It was my nineteenth week of pregnancy. Having had only one child after seventeen years of marriage and several miscarriages early in pregnancies, my husband and I were surprised…

The Lucky Counselor

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole; I want Thee forever to live in my soul. Break down every idol, cast out every foe; Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain, Apply Thine own blood and extract ev’ry stain; To get this blest cleansing, I…

Culture Clash in Cambodia

As the plane soared above O’Hare Airport, the elevation change reflected the rapid change in my life situation. I was raised in small-town America, the child of a country church pastor, and very comfortable with my deep south Bible-belt social sphere. Until I married Forrest McPhail, I had never been on an airplane, and until…