When I get honest

When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt. I hope and I get discouraged. I love and I hate…to live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.

Brennan Manning is utterly honest in his book Ragamuffin Gospel. It’s refreshing to be released from the pressure of trying to be perfect.

I bought this domain as an oxymoron because so often when I tell people I am a preacher, they look at me and say that people will respond well to me because I have a pretty face. In other words, it’s not about the preparation you put in or how you probe the text and invite others to do the same, it’s all about the fact that you have a pretty smile.

That’s not what this is all about. It’s about showing young women in your congregations that they, too, have a voice and choice to pursue ministry. It’s acknowledge our whole life stories and realizing that when it comes down to it, we are all just human with a light side and a dark side. It’s about learning who we are in light of God’s unchangeable grace.