Friday, October 9, 2015

Finding Some Unity

The cats love to look out the front glass door. They wait for me to open it, and it becomes a wonderland experience of chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and dogs.

All morning long, they look out together.

They look out together. These are the cats that often do not like each other. These cats can fight and attempt ridiculous displays of dominance. Louie and Merlin torture dear Snowflake and chase her around the house for afternoon fun.

There's no peace between any of them until they look outward together.

I remember this when I'm in any situation with others that lacks unity. If we look out together towards the Greater Story of what God is doing, our differences and agendas tend to dissolve. We aren't facing each other any more; we're looking outward to the wonderland of God's agenda, not our own.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


It's such a strange adjective! I read it this morning in Ephesians 3:8 where Paul talks about the "unsearchable riches of Christ." Unsearchable means you cannot find it out; it's beyond our ability to search for or understand. (It's a rather long and beautiful Greek word: anexichniastos.)

I'm someone who searches all day long on the internet. I'm a researcher--a knowledge junkie--who loves asking questions and finding answers. I love learning new things and exhausting the information about a certain topic.

But the riches of Christ? They cannot be exhausted, searched out fully, or understood. We can only attempt, and even our best efforts at understanding represent partial examples. The very best I can imagine fails to approach the truth of it.

In a world where we search and find so well, this one concept will always elude us and be greater than our minds can handle. It won't ever end--the riches of Christ--and I can continue to search it out till my dying days, and even then, there's so much more to Jesus.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Another Peek: What Happens on a Book Release Day

For those of you following the big publishing journey, I thought I'd offer another inside peek at the process. Yesterday was Book Release Day! I had no idea what this would mean, so I'll tell you.

It means that your friends all text and email to tell you how happy they are for you. It's a day to celebrate with them!

It means everyone who pre-ordered the book receives it in the mail (and they take pictures of it and send them to you to celebrate!)

It means your editor contacts you to celebrate.

It means people start telling you that your book is in a Barnes and Noble in Cary, NC. You pause and think about what this means for a minute, and you celebrate a dream come true!

It means people talk about your book on social media, and then people email you to tell you people are talking about your book on social media. But you don't think about this for long because you have to fold a load of laundry.

It means people can start reviewing the book on (hint, hint)

Other than these things, nothing fundamentally changes. You still go about your writing, teaching, and parenting tasks. You still unload the dishwasher, make hamburgers for dinner, and finish your writing for the day. You put children to bed, prepare lesson plans, and grade papers.

But you are smiling a whole lot.