Tag Archive | Freedom

What We Can Do About Poverty

What We Can Do About Poverty

During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time looking at the causes of poverty and instead focuses on the conditions necessary for prosperity. As we watched this series, […]

Seeking false safety

Seeking false safety

A moth is tapping at my window. There’s light in here, and outside is dark, so he wants in. Stupid creature. There’s nothing for him here. He’ll starve and die. His life and freedom are outside. But it’s dark and scary out there. Isn’t that the way for us? We pursue bright lights, but then […]

My Body, My Choice

My Body, My Choice

Yesterday here in Arizona there was a rally held in front of the state capitol to protest a bill that was being considered regarding the rights of women who choose homebirths and the midwives who attend these births. Basically, as I understand it, the bill was written awhile back, last year I think, and both […]

When it’s appropriate to rebel

When it’s appropriate to rebel

One of the objections I heard repeatedly when I pitched Alara’s Call to agents and editors was that because the heroine disobeys her father—who is also the prime minister—her behavior is unbilblical, because we are instructed to submit to authority. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except […]

Agency & the Checkout Trap

Agency & the Checkout Trap

Sometimes it’s tempting to hate agency. One of those times is the checkout aisle. Racks of chocolate, gum, ring pops ad nauseum. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fall for them … (well, okay maybe on a rare occasion), but rarely do I shop without all five kids under age 10. You get good at […]

A Call to Prayer

I love America. Maybe too much. When my patriotism glands excrete, I can get carried away. I believe this is the greatest country on Earth and I will full-body tackle and bite anybody who says different (oops. secreting). I’m grateful God put me here, and I’m sorry it took me so long to start appreciating […]

Freedom Is The Right Of All Sentient Beings

Who said that? Of course, it was none other than the venerable leader of the Autobots and holder of the Matrix itself, Optimus Prime. He was a wise bot if I ever knew one. *puts away his nerd flag. Freedom. What is freedom? Freedom as defined by Merriam-Webster is 1 : the quality or state […]

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS

I have found through my journey as a Christian, there are a few things that must be adhered to or you will constantly be a slave to sin and death. I’ve talked about love frequently but forgiveness is just as important. They are tandem in fact. In my book I Am Ocilla, it is the […]