Counting It All Joy

I reeled from my pitiful attempt at gravy curdling on the stove, and wagged a burned finger. Homemaking, I thought again as I backpedaled from the mess, comes as naturally to me as kung fu to a fish. “Here Mum!” I turned to see Pip standing in the kitchen, his pants dusted with a kaleidoscope…

Book List: Faith and Suffering

My inability to comprehend God’s benevolence in the face of suffering drove me to agnosticism and suicidality. The realization that Christ also suffered and died for us, brought me back. This is a hard topic, and one too complicated for pat answers. The following books, however, offer thoughtful explorations, without dismissing the complexity of the…

Parenthood Is a Refining Fire

I sat with my back against the door to keep him from bolting, and to wait out the tempest. He screamed inches from my face, his breath hot, the curves of the cheeks that I adored contorting as he howled. My joints ached as he writhed and flailed like a cornered animal in my embrace….

The Turpin Case and the Urgent Call to Neighbor

I seldom write about current events, but I felt compelled to put thoughts to words about this. In our culture, we can all easily drift into complacency — I include myself among the culpable. This horrific case, I think, serves as a warning. The Turpin Case and the Urgent Call to Neighbor , The Gospel…

A New Year, a Constant Joy

A bracing Arctic cold has locked us in ice. We flee indoors for warmth, but as clutter and dust accumulate, so does restlessness. As the minutes pile up, my mind turns inward. The world narrows. I am eager to bid December 2017 goodbye. Apropos with the barren tree limbs clawing the frozen sky, this year…

On Losing a Loved One to Dementia

I was honored to write a review for Douglas Groothuis’ poignant, honest, and achingly beautiful book, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness — A Philosopher’s Lament.¬† There is no sentimentality in this memoir of a descent into dementia. There is, however, a steadfast hope in Christ. Find the review on The Gospel Coalition: On Losing…

For Now, We Groan

Those of you familiar with the challenges with my son will recognize the impetus for this next Desiring God article. We are all out-of-sync. Only Christ can heal our fractured hearts. For Now, We Groan: Finding Hope in a Fractured World 

Excellent Devotion for Healthcare Professionals Raising a Family

I receive a lot of questions from residents and medical students about the tension between work and family. The CMDA posted a devotion recently that poignantly and thoughtfully addresses this issue. Bottom line, we must always ask ourselves for *whom* we work and sacrifice. CMDA Nov 28 Devotion  

Hollowed Out, Crashing Down

A few weeks ago, a storm unexpectedly ravaged our corner of the country. It brought hurricane-force winds unannounced, ripping entire trees from their roots and pitching much of our area into cold and darkness for days. By God’s mercy, no one suffered injuries, even though trees cracked and precariously teetered over every street. The first…

Workplace Idolatry

My next Desiring God article will ruin my reputation. Which is precisely the point. Find it here: Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic

Hurry, Lord.

First Harvey floods Houston. Then Irma grinds her way through the Caribbean, reducing a chain of island paradises to rubble. Afterward, Maria pitches Puerto Rico into darkness. Now, New Orleans braces itself as Nate barrels toward the Gulf Coast. Earthquakes shatter Mexico, compelling frantic parents to search for their children under rubble. In Bali, residents…

The Gift of Mom Guilt

Is “leaning in” or “opting out” really the issue? Or does mom guilt alert us to something deeper? I explore this question in my next article, published this morning on CT Women. The Gift of Mom Guilt