finding my identity

Tell me about yourself, I was recently asked. The titles and ways I identify myself rolled through my mind. I’m a wife, mom, daughter, sister, writer, friend. How we identify ourselves determines how we think and thereby how we respond to others and life circumstances. This gets beneath outward labels and really is the identityContinue reading “finding my identity”

above the noise: what does the Bible say about listening?

Being human is hard. We often live from a storm-tossed place with noise that can feel deafening even when it isn’t audible. Walking hospital corridors towards the ICU to see my husband; rushing through afternoon traffic to get my son to the urgent care as the hives took over his neck; and getting a franticContinue reading “above the noise: what does the Bible say about listening?”

when a Bible study habit becomes a rhythm of grace

The alarm assaults my senses as I stir from sleep. Immediately anxious thoughts flood my barely conscious mind. Concerns about the day ahead and responsibilities mingle with regret as guilt creeps in like the unwanted but familiar enemy it is. Before the hot coffee hits the bottom of the mug, I am already feeling defeatedContinue reading “when a Bible study habit becomes a rhythm of grace”

finding mercy in a new season

For the first time in nearly two decades, the school year is beginning and I am not purchasing curriculum, planning out lessons or navigating the schedule of the coming months for my boys’ education. Completing a long journey is bittersweet. After years of prayerfully homeschooling our sons, I am now left with loads of memoriesContinue reading “finding mercy in a new season”

pausing to refill for the season ahead

It’s been a hot summer on the coast this year, maybe every year, but this one has been peppered with less hilltop experiences and more valleys and valleys hold the heat more so. So it has been in this post-ish season of pandemics and upheavals both in our personal and cultural life. Just hot, drainingContinue reading “pausing to refill for the season ahead”

prayers of peace for seasons of change

Welcome to Tending through the Seasons series, where writers from various seasons of life share how they are tending their soul by the Word of God through their current season. Dr. Chizobam Idahosa is a wife, mother to three beautiful girls, and a dentist specialized in oral medicine. At the core of her identity, she sees herselfContinue reading “prayers of peace for seasons of change”

tending through the older seasons

Welcome to Tending through the Seasons series, where writers from various seasons of life share how they are tending their soul by the Word of God through their current season. Meet Susan Chamberlain Shipe. She’s been a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News.Continue reading “tending through the older seasons”