My Ordered Life

The food order is so familiar it slips off my tongue easily, "Italian beef, dipped, no peppers." In Chicago, everyone has their preferred Italian beef order, and that was mine. Oh, sometimes I might get it with mozzarella, but usually, just meat and bread. That's how I liked it, and I saw no reason to … Continue reading My Ordered Life

A Recipe for Disaster

I had the most delicious homemade hummus the other day. It was the right texture, not too creamy, but not grainy. Garlicky and salty. I'm licking my lips just thinking about it. I wish I could say that it was homemade by me, but it wasn't. A half-Lebanese girl made it. The sad part is … Continue reading A Recipe for Disaster

Baby New Year

We're a month into this new year of 2014. The old man is out and the new baby is in. I was thinking about salvation and how new spiritual life is like a new baby. So often we're told that salvation is more than just getting saved from hell. Salvation allows us to have a … Continue reading Baby New Year

Burning Muscles and Aching Heart

I had never heard of Ride for Refuge¬†before last year, but bike riding and a chance to raise money for a good cause? Sign me up! In a fit of over-inflated self-confidence, I signed up for the 30-mile distance, the longest distance I had biked in 13 years. ¬†(I wish these fits were rarer.) Let … Continue reading Burning Muscles and Aching Heart

what MA-tters

Last year something very special happened in our family. After years of waiting, my mother finally became a grandmother when my sister and her husband gave birth to the absolute cutest and most precious baby in the entire world. Yes, I am biased. No, I am not ashamed of that fact. Unfortunately, I live several … Continue reading what MA-tters

Identity Theft

In my last post, I posted about the importance of names. This post is the flip side of the coin. Names are important, because names identify us. Identities are precious to us, and Satan knows this. Satan is the first great identity thief. To Eve, he created an identity of an untrustworthy God, leading Eve … Continue reading Identity Theft

The Old Man Who Can’t See

Ernest Hemingway is arguably one of the most popular 20th century authors. [It is my guess that he is the inspiration for those "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials.] He was born in a nearby suburb, so my writing group headed that way one day last month. We gadded about the museum to learn … Continue reading The Old Man Who Can’t See