The Book

Although I love this spot, the location does not keep me here. It’s not the beckoning sun, gradually filling the stained glass and splashing the walls with gold, emerald, and indigo. It’s not the hushing silence interrupted only by the loudly ticking clock. And it’s not even the strong espresso, as necessary as it is, hinting of raw sugar and …

The Active Ingredient

I was still a young woman when I volunteered to make sopapillas for the whole community. My inexperience didn’t know that cooking for a crowd was far different than making a home recipe. My immaturity didn’t think to modify the leavening I needed. So, in my ignorance, my grocery list included ten packets of yeast. I’d made sopapillas before and …

Grow Up

O Father, We’ve been like babies, awaiting strained food from pastors and personalities, rather than feeding directly from Your Hand. We’ve subsisted on spiritual smoothies blended from tweets, sound bytes, and media reports. So, in Your longing for us to grow, You’ve pushed time aside to begin our meal training. You desire that we increase in wisdom and favor (Luke …

How to Self-Feed during Seclusion

Have you noticed that what once seemed enough for spiritual needs, is now lacking to keep you anxiety-free? Without exception, everyone I talk to honestly admits a daily struggle for a peaceful mind. I struggle to maintain a sound mind myself.  European pastors notice the same difficulty in their congregations. Gripped with fear and unable to find a refuge, these …

My Love Letters

I fell in love through correspondence. Not online, but through paper and ink.  I met my pen-pal weeks earlier on a domestic flight. We attended neighboring colleges and reconnected over a few coffee dates before our summer schedules began. Airlines may have parted us internationally, but air letters endeared us emotionally. The outside of our letters were nothing special. Called …

The Statin of the Word

High cholesterol.   The diagnosis was rather surprising considering my husband was only in his thirties. This discovery had far reaching implications since plaque is the main cause of heart attack and stroke in America. Almost immediately, Mark decided to prevent the disaster that loomed in his future. After all, keeping blood freely flowing through his arteries was vital to …

Pre-Packaged Religion

  “Processed food is chemically altered by breaking down natural nutrients, then refortifying with synthetic vitamins. Every food item becomes exactly the same.”   Although the statement addressed our society’s current eating habits, the truth reached far deeper in my soul than food. I began to ponder:   If processed food is harmful for my body, what do processed Bible …

A Vision and an Interpretation

  It was one of those thought-provoking dreams.   On a road stood a simple, covered tunnel.   A pin-point of light beckoned me from the far end of the passageway. I realized that in order to experience the light-filled scenery on the other side, I had to go through this channel.   Yet, I stood on the outside deliberating. Something about …