Liberating Hagar

Hagar gets the short end of the stick. Sunday School lessons describe her position as a servant, waiting hand and foot on Abraham and Sarah in Canaan. When barrenness got the best of Sarah, she eyed Hagar who was ripe for the picking. So she sent the servant into Abraham’s tent. This is how Ishmael, […]

Real Freedom is Not a Spa Experience

I wanted the quail to stay trapped. I was ten or eleven, and the quail had a broken wing. It was caught in our yard, where a low brick wall hemmed in the desert plants decorating the front of our house. I found the bird there one day, huddled next to a barrel cactus, and when […]

God, Keep Liberating Us

lib·er·ate libəˌrāt/ (verb) set (someone) free from a situation, especially imprisonment or slavery, in which their liberty is severely restricted set free, free, release, let out, let go, set/let loose, save, rescue *  * * When I turned 50 almost two years ago, something significant shifted in the deep places of my heart. I realized that […]

I Am Not A Godly Woman

I am not a godly woman. I wanted to be one for a long time. I was told for most of my life I should aspire to be one. Men apparently looked for them to date and marry. Preachers spoke longingly of them as the idealized, female archetype. In fact, the only type of woman […]

The Blessing of the Awkward Silence

By Breanna Lowman In junior high, I learned a new term: Awkward Silence. I guess I didn’t know that silence had to be awkward. As a child, I was never afraid of what people thought of me. Like most children, I was free – free from filters, comparisons, and insecurities. However, when I entered junior […]