Ezra 1-3

I have two things to say. First, they built the altar before they even started on the foundations of the temple. They had their priorities. They immediately, upon returning to the city from exile, rebuilt the altar so they could practice the sacrifices God required. The altar wasn’t seen as the crowning glory of the … Read more

Lamentations 1-2

So, to begin with, I’m just going to drop a link to The Bible Project video for Lamentations. I’ve talked about The Bible Project before, but it’s been a while. The app with the reading plan I’m following is their ReadScripture app, and it includes the appropriate videos at the beginning of each book. It’s … Read more

Job 4-7 Psalm 135

So Job’s first friend to speak up starts with “Would you mind if I said something? It doesn’t really matter, I’m gonna say it anyway.” And he ends with, “I’m only saying this for your own.” Man, don’t we all know someone like that? Or a few someones? Seriously, do people listen to themselves? And … Read more

Job 1-3 Psalm 134

So we’re getting into Job. It’s one of my favorite books. I love the message of it. I love the honesty and rawness of Job’s grief. I love the sarcasm we see from God. I love everything about it. Some people get hung up on whether it’s literal or not. Did God hold court and … Read more

Beauty from Pain

Content Warning: This post is about stillbirth I was supposed to make this post on Tuesday. The migraines haven’t let up, though. And this week it’s more than that. This post is more than that. Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday. Except, I still don’t feel right calling it that. Nor is it the anniversary of … Read more


One of the problems we have, so very often, is understanding God’s timing. Or why he sometimes says yes and often says no. But here’s the thing: I have a handful of broken pieces with pretty sharp edges. I really want God to fix the thing that broke (if not stop it from breaking in … Read more