Hope

As soon as my husband and I stepped out of the baptismal waters, I jumped feet first into every class and group I could get myself into. I was hungry for knowledge and had spent years watching friends and family serve in their churches. I simply couldn’t wait to do the same now that I had Jesus in my heart …

What Failure Has Taught Me About Forgiveness

The stereotype is true that the more kids you have, the more you let go. I used to think of it as a frazzled and frustrated letting things go, the type that elicits searing thoughts like, What a shame, she’s really let herself go. You know the picture—a disheveled mom with greasy hair and milk-stained t-shirt wearing the same sweatpants …

Not Jazzed for Jesus?

I am relieved Christianity isn’t based on what I bring to the table. If that were the case, the only thing I would bring would be a huge heap of emotional instability. Consistency is not my forte. I excel, however, in wavering and wandering. With that thought in mind, today I am encouraged in two ways. First, I do not …

You are Stronger than You Think: From Quitter to Overcomer

My name is Erika and I’m a quitter. From the time I was just a knee-high and pigtail wearing little girl, when the going got tough, I quit. Anything from basketball to piano lessons in childhood to various positions and even ministry jobs. It didn’t matter how big or small the task, how prestigious the position, or routine the responsibility, …

Goodness in the Land of the Living

Doesn’t it seem like the longer we wait for something to occur, the less likely we think it is to happen? That call back for your dream job. The clear health bill that you long to have. That person you desire to treat you well to come around. Marriage. The baby. Joy. Whatever it is, the quicker something happens, the …

The Great Comforter

“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” —John 16:7 (NIV) During the Easter season, Christians take time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and reflect on what it means for …

Happy Resurrection Day! Now What?

I hope you experienced a glorious Resurrection Day! Easter is the culmination of our celebrations that began at Christmas, of a Baby born to a sinful world, of a Man who became like us so that He might save us. A Man, Jesus, who died on the cross, was buried, and then rose again to ascend to eternal glory at …

Power That Conquered the Grave

If I’m honest, I have to say I don’t feel the power of Easter on a daily basis. Sometimes I feel defeated by sin that I despise, but I continue to do. Paul talks about this struggle in Romans 7. He says,“I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what …

Does God Love Us?

I was never the type to ponder the meaning of life when I was younger. I didn’t think much of death either. Nothing from within or without forced me to deal with those sorts of things. It wasn’t until I lost my grandparents, and then my husband’s grandparents, over the past four years that the questions began to pulse through …

Perfect Brokenness

The competitive fitness industry perplexes me. I don’t claim to be a fitness expert, however, I am curious to know when a balanced regimen of health came to include box jumps and burpees. People are obsessed with the idea of conquering tasks such as jumping from the floor directly onto a box half their height for health. I am confused. …