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A Classic Woman in a Changing World


What constitutes a classic?

If you instantly pictured a Dickens novel or a 1960s Camaro, well, you’re not wrong. A classic is something distinctive that doesn’t lose its appeal over the years. It’s something timeless, that continues to resonate long after its creation.

So in six millennia of human existence, what is classic womanhood? The world hasn’t really ever decided what to do with women. Throughout the ages and across cultures, women have been worshiped, abused, treated as property or bargaining chips, reverenced as the leaders of society. What constitutes a classic woman in a world that can’t make up its mind about us? Continue reading “A Classic Woman in a Changing World”

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You’ve Got a Fool In Me


What is a fool to you?

The word carries different meanings to different people, and how you perceive it will determine what steps you take to avoid being one.

  • An idiot who makes stupid decisions.
  • Someone who runs his mouth about absolutely nothing.
  • The one who says in his heart that there is no God.
  • A person who disagrees, intelligently or not, with an opinion you hold strongly.
  • A medieval jester. (Definitely don’t be that guy.)

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The Day the Knife Slipped


I love cooking. It’s a very practical science, it’s a creative game, and, well, there’s food involved.

And for the most part, I’m a fairly competent “kitcheneer”, thanks to my skilled mother. I can make you forget you’ve had chicken three times this week, or that you’ve just eaten your fifth cookie in a haze of carb-induced euphoria. I can wield knives and gadgets and raw food with confidence. I can cook on a budget and for people with completely opposite dietary needs.  I know what I’m doing.

But in the last three months or so, I’ve suddenly Continue reading “The Day the Knife Slipped”

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27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat


I love being a child of God. I love being active in ministry. And I love that I’m blessed with a family that has always prioritized the house of God. Whether you’re a leader or a layperson, whether you’ve been faithful to an independent Baptist church since you were 7 or started active ministry at 70, rejoice. You belong to the unique crowd of motivated “ministry brats” that keep our buildings maintained and our cars, vans, and buses rolling.

In case you missed the first Ministry Brat list, it’s over here. Meanwhile, here are 27 more clues you might be a ministry brat. Welcome to the club. Continue reading “27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat”

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Basically, You Bother Me

“I used to be a people person, until people ruined that for me.”

I found that little gem on Pinterest a while back, and it still cracks me up. Not only have people often proven themselves “unworthy” of my kindness (I’m talking to you, SUV driver who cut me off after I moved over to let you pass), I’m also not much use where people’s emotions get out of hand. I just can’t be bothered with that sort of thing. Continue reading “Basically, You Bother Me”

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God, You’re Cramping My Style

“Be yourself.”
“It so doesn’t matter who likes us… WE like us.”
“Embrace what makes you different.”

I’m living in a culture that embraces individuality – what you like trumps convention, what you think defines you is your identity, what you’re known for sums up who you really are. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. God did, in fact, give me a unique personality that He intends me to use for Him; He doesn’t expect me to fit neatly into a manmade box. Besides, I can’t necessarily control what everyone else thinks of me. Only God can see my heart, so as long as I know I’m doing OK, I can forget what anybody else thinks, right?

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