Why would God make Jacob wrestle with him in order to bless him? I’m sinfully stubborn – I rarely see the connection between God’s affliction and affection. These verses challenge my preconceptions about the role of happiness or ease in the journey of sanctification. I don’t want to wrestle when circumstances test my faith. I want to run.
From the time I was three or four years old, I wanted to be a wife and mother. I put pillows under my shirt to make it look like I was pregnant and wandered around the house, asking my family members if they wanted to "feel the baby kick." I dressed up almost every day [...]
There is such a nasty inclination in the heart of women to create cliques and set up hoops for one another to jump through. Throughout my entire life, I’ve been very conscious of the reality that there will always be a female figure close by (or two, or three) who will push me to reach [...]