I don’t know exactly how to put this—pomegranates are my favorite fruit. They have been my favorite since the year I turned thirteen. Formerly my favorite fruit had been mangos. Unfortunately for me, that was the year my father bought an entire case of mangos because they were on deep […]

Love letter to a pomegranate


Note: The following book review was just published on The Gospel Coalition here.   By Justin Dillehay Laziness is a familiar vice. Given the option, most of us prefer the quick and easy way to the slow and hard. Bodily health? Temperance and exercise are too burdensome; just give us […]

Why You Should Let Go of ‘Let Go and Let ...



I was reading in John yesterday, and I came to one of my favorite verses in the book. It’s just after Jesus has fed the five thousand and then been tracked by some bread-groupies. When they find him, he gives a discourse on the physical metaphor they’d witnessed and tasted. […]

Breast and bread


I’m a repeat offender in the sin of discontentment. When we got married I painstakingly explained to Justin that I had a problem called “futurism,” wherein I was always gazing into the future and placing my hopes for happiness on a ship that had yet to come in. He listened, […]

A Case for the Country



I so enjoyed my time with the ladies of Reformed Baptist Church of Nashville on Saturday! It was an encouraging time of worship, great discussion, and making new friends in the Lord. Now it’s time to announce another Green Workshop on the calendar. Saturday, December 2, Grace Bible Fellowship in Mt. […]

The Green Workshop in Mt. Juliet Dec 2


I have two perfect 16-inch loaves of French baguette in my refrigerator. This is the result of a morning of baking with the girls, between stints of playing outside and reading and eating lunch. There were several steps to get those loaves in the fridge, and there will be a […]

Baking in the eyes of a novice



The Green Workshop You know it when you see it on a person—glory. Everybody is walking around with evidence that they were made in the image of a glorious God, and their bodies, talents, minds, possessions, and relationships impress you for that reason. So what do you do when your […]

You’re invited to the first Green Workshop November 4


My husband comes in the door at the end of the day and we connect briefly with a nice peck on the lips. “You’re home,” I say. “Look who’s home, girls!” Then I return instantly to what I was doing—getting dinner on the table or putting pants on somebody. I […]

When a woman stops doing what she does best



My daughter got to stay at my parents’ early this week for two whole nights. A special treat. As excited as she was at this prospect, I have to admit that I was feeling the buzz as well. Because the thing about having one child gone is that I can […]

I’m holier when my 2-year-old does sleepovers


I’ve always wanted to get into Christian romance fiction. Ever since my days reading Janette Oke as a teenager, I’ve “felt the attraction” of this genre, so to speak. That’s why I’ve started one of these novels in my spare time, and I wanted to give you a little sneak […]

A Christian romance novel for people who usually don’t like ...