Browsing All posts tagged under »faith«

Which Side of the Lines? Wheat or Tares? Choose.

September 7, 2012


For more than a month I’ve felt driven in family times each evening to talk to my teens (I have five still at home) about asking more of themselves. We can get up each day, brush our teeth, put on clothes, go do our thing, come home and relax, go do fun stuff, and go […]

The Monster in My Window

September 4, 2012


I used to be afraid of the dark. I grew up on a lonely farm in the Ozarks, nestled in the woods at the top of a hill. We couldn’t see any neighbors, nor were any within walking distance. When we settled in for the night, it was just us and the night. The living […]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

August 24, 2012


I’ve been mulling for months what constitutes faithful questioning, unable to pin down what separates a search from a savaging of sacred things. For the most part, it seems a personal matter, floating along a spectrum of individual taste and preference, but there has been something elusive, teasing that there is some standard of differentiation. […]

Priesthood Power in the Church

August 15, 2012


Two young men are camped out in my family room, staying with us during a week-long visit from my prairie homeland while they attend education week at BYU. Tonight one of them asked if he could ask me a question. I was delighted and encouraged him to do so. “In my family, my father asks […]

The Parable of the Piano Lesson

August 6, 2012


I’m not creating new epiphanies today, but merely sharing someone else’s. In this case, the eloquent one is Brad Wilcox, who is speaking at a BYU Devotional. He tackles the much-misunderstood topic of grace. You’ll probably enjoy listening to him, because he is more eloquent than I, so I’ve embedded the video below, but I’ll […]

Claiming an Inheritance

July 5, 2012


Jonathan Stapley has written an interest-piquing review of a forthcoming book, The Beginning of Better Days with essays by Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce, that has me thinking again about the democratic resurgence of personal revelation in the church. The book, which has been provided to a number of other writers (sadly, not me) who […]

Burdens that aren’t Brief

July 4, 2012


A dear friend of mine is very sick. She sleeps 20 hours a day on her couch and has for 6 weeks because she has little energy to do anything else. Many of her other friends are deeply worried about her, and their worry is exacerbated by her choice to pursue a healing method unfamiliar […]

I Wasn’t There for the Weeds

June 29, 2012


It’s been a discouraging week. They aren’t always, in fact seldom are no matter what happens, but this one was. Today as I worked in the ash-filled air, heavy with a melancholy and a mourning that has left me thinking about all that is lost when the land burns, I thought about weeding onions. The […]