The Magnolia Story and Me

What do shiplap, Magnolia, and “Fixer Upper” have in common? Just one famous reality TV couple—Chip and Joanna Gaines. At this point they are legendary—an amazing marriage, adorable children, and even their own decorative line, “Hearth and Hand,” at Target. Like many women, I also got swept up into the excitement. When I can borrow…

Bold Gentleness

Under the fluorescent light, I was organizing stacks of new pots, toilet bowl brushes, can openers, laundry baskets, blankets, and a motley of household goods. Pillows periodically tumbled when I shifted a box underneath. Today, I expected quite a few people to come and gather items for their new apartments. Refugee families new to central…

Bold in Prayer

‘Bold’ is never a word I would use to describe myself. As a child and teenager, I was prone to anxiety and shied away from anything that would create conflict and make my stomach turn to knots. I remember my mom telling me several times throughout my adolescent years that I needed to learn to…

To Pray Boldly

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said,…