The Truth about Forgiveness

Welcome to day 20 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find every post in the series here. I've been thinking a lot about one of those hard relationships in my life and why it is I struggle with forgiveness.  If I were guessing, I'd imagine the reasons I could identify are ones you might recognize in some of those difficult relationships in your life as well. As I talk with my friends and with others who come to me for prayer or counsel finding a way to forgive people ... [Read More]

When We Don’t Forgive

Welcome to day 19 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find every post listed here. So, yeah, the next three days I am already dreading ... because if I have learned anything from teaching and writing all these years it's this: the topic I'm covering is like a flashing invitation for the enemy to start his attacks right there. The next topic on our list of seven is forgiveness. And, if you'll allow me to be super honest with you — I often struggle hard in this area. I'm ... [Read More]

Sunday Meditation || Philippians 2:7

Welcome to day 18 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find every post in this series indexed here. We begin each week with an opportunity pray and reflect on the Word. This week's Sunday meditation is based on Philippians 2:7. Lord, as I prepare my heart and mind for the week ahead, will You empty me? Pour out all the fears and doubts and selfishness and pride in this oh-so-human heart. Drain me dry of all the cares of this world, the worries and doubts and fears ... [Read More]

HOW we serve

Welcome to day 17 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find an index of every post in this series here. Sometimes when I'm writing about a topic, it's from the overflow of what God has taught me and a desire to share those lessons with others. But sometimes, I find myself writing from my need. Today is the latter. Y'all, the three Underwoods are exhausted. The past six weeks have been nothing but hard. We've dealt with grief at the loss of beloved family members, sorrow ... [Read More]

Why We Serve

Welcome to day 16 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find an index of every post in this series here. Y'all, I love a good cupcake. It's hard for me to pass by a cupcake store when I'm out and about. There's something special about having my own fully decorated little cake. My favorite cupcake of all time is the wedding cake cupcake at Gigi's. It is beautiful and smells incredible and, oh my word, it tastes amazing. There is only one problem with this little piece of ... [Read More]

Service: the best gift

Welcome to day 15 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life.  You can find an index of every post in this series here. Last night I was teaching from the first eight verses of John 12. It's the account of Mary of Bethany pouring the perfume on Jesus' feet.  Verse 3 says, The house was filled with fragrance of the perfume. I shared with my class that we find the idea of a pleasing aroma to God woven into Scripture from Genesis through Revelation. One of the important truths I wanted to ... [Read More]