We Were Not Made to Be Nice

The word “nice” is not in the Bible. It is nowhere to be found in the half dozen translations I’ve searched. There’s not one single time Jesus directs us to be nice. Kind, yes. But not nice. So why have we spent generations extolling the virtue of niceness to our daughters? Why has the Doctrine of […]

Letting Go of the Life We Had Planned

By Marlys Johnson | Twitter: @iMarlysJohnson They left a card on our oak dining table wearing an E.M. Forster quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” While I spent my first holiday as a widow with family on […]

Women Should NOT Remain Silent

“Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” – 1 Corinthians 14:34 Before you click out of this post for fear of being traumatized by seeing this scripture in black and white, yet again, make sure you read the title carefully. […]

Brave, Finally

I am at the big kid playground with my younger son. There is a twisting slide as tall as our house and monkey bars that curve like a giant wave. An eight-foot tall spider web of tubing towers over us. In a few minutes the school bell will ring and we will collect my oldest […]

SheLoves 2018: Reflecting on the Year of Power

In the summer, Scott and I carried a couch out of a two-storey home to the U-haul truck we’d rented. It was a sectional that came in three pieces and I honestly hadn’t thought of bringing help along. I figured we could easily do it. It turned out, one piece of this sectional was eight […]