Is Gratitude a Sham?

Lately I’ve been having trouble with gratitude. Sometimes it feels like a sham. Like another thing people do to make themselves feel better, like go to church and eat organic food.(I go to church and eat organic food.)How could there be anything wrong with being thankful for all you have? Keeping a gratitude journal? Posting the list on Facebook and challenging others to do the same?Who gets skeptical about "feeling blessed"?...more

Should You Ask People Not to Pray For You?

Some atheists and agnostics are totally weirded out by the idea of someone praying for them....more
Christian here.  I appreciated your article because it does call Christian's out on a couple of ...more

Someone Said It Better Than Me

*This post is Day Two of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.I wanted to say something short and sweet and profound today, as part of the 30 day blogging challenge. Then I found this quote and I thought, "Yup. That about sums it up!"...more

Why It's So Hard to Show Up at Church

I woke up this morning, picked up my phone, clicked on the little notes icon and typed these words: I miss church. I do....more
I've had these feelings before, but my church is pretty laid back about attendance. Usually if ...more

In Search of Christmas Spirit

Hello? Christmas spirit? Oh, Christmas spirit? Where the hell are you??I'm searching high and low trying to find the spirit of Christmas this year. It's been very elusive and it's already December 16. Whoa. Sixteen days into December, the month of Christmas and love and giving and I'm simply NOT feeling it.Like, not at all. Not a single damn bit....more

Why is My Kid Singing About a Dreidel and Seven Other Things You Wanted to Know About Chanukah But Were Afraid to Try and Spell

It happens that several people I know over the internet have expressed an interest in learning more about Chanukah.  There's a LOT to know out there, and I certainly don't claim to know much.  But here's a little bit about a little bit of it! ...more

Why is My Kid Singing About a Dreidel and Seven Other Things You Wanted to Know About Chanukah But Were Afraid to Try and Spell

It happens that several people I know over the internet have expressed an interest in learning more about Chanukah.  There's a LOT to know out there, and I certainly don't claim to know much.  But here's a little bit about a little bit of it! ...more

Day 23 - Be Still

Lake Roosevelt, 10/2009 vb ...more

Has God given me wanderlust?

Today was pretty terrible. I have days where I'm fine, living here in the dark and the cold, and days where I'm just not. I want to strike out - adventure - live fully - breathe deeply of ocean air - see the countryside in England - meet a sheep - live in a village. Today I'm aching to travel and explore and see. Tonight as I sit on my bed, cross-legged, the computer in my lap, I'm still sad in my heart because I'm here, and I wonder: did God give me this wanderlust? Does He want me to get out there, explore, see, enjoy His creation?...more

Sundays

Sundays used to be a day of great anticipation for me. Back in the day, you know, when I was a teenager and dating Mr. Houseful, it was the GUARANTEED day that I got to see him. In person. And we would find ways to hang out with each other in those precious four or five hours that we had out of the week. Yes. Five hours of church. I go to a black church. It’s our thing. You say something about it, I may get irritated even though I fully know that I have issues with being in church that long now that I am a parent and wife. C’est la vie. ...more