Hidden Challenges: Two Views

She moved more slowly, or maybe more awkwardly than you remember.  As she walked across the room, you noticed a hesitancy, a wobble, a strange hitch to her step.  Is that a limp you've never seen before? Her speech seemed a little slower, a little slurred, a little less distinct than last time you heard her.  And then she strangely called the local grocery store by the wrong name, and … [Read more...]

Breastplate of St. Seminary

Prayers with me, Reading before me, Homework behind me, Reflection in me, Paper writing beneath me, Theology discussion above me, Iced tea on my right, Diet coke on my left, Rest when I lie down, Cohort community when I sit down, Coffee when I arise, Gratitude in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Personal growth in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Ministry … [Read more...]

Relying on God

It started last night.  The sniffles, chills, achy, exhausted feeling.  It continued into today, despite sleeping in and taking a three hour nap.  Ear ache, headache and really sore throat.  Sure, my seminary face-to-face classes are done, but I'm supposed to speak tomorrow at a women's event.  It's something that's been planned since last fall.  And I'm thrilled to have the … [Read more...]

Getting poked

As I settled into the bed last night at the hotel, looking forward to a great night's sleep before the big day of Ministry Assessment, something about my pillow didn't feel quite right.  At first I couldn't figure out what was wrong.  Trouble with pillows is hardly something new - it's actually quite normal.  I'm a rather picky-pillow-person. I usually go through several pillows every … [Read more...]


As you might imagine, bedtime at the Marble house is a rather sacred, protected time.  We have established a pretty regular routine of devotions, pajamas, last drinks, bathroom, prayers and lights out.  For the most part, the kids are quite good about going to bed for which I am extremely thankful.  After a long day, there is nothing sweeter than the peace and quiet that envelops the … [Read more...]