I had the unparalleled joy of running around my yard at 6:48 this morning, half-naked in my robe and slippers, chasing eight mutinous chickens who escaped, somehow, from their coop. I'm sure the neighbors thought I'd lost my mind.
Would you go to church naked? No?
Maybe you're shocked that I asked such a question. It's not the type of topic Christians usually write about, is it?
Well, I have a good reason for asking the question. Many people DO go to church in the buff. Spiritually, that is. They sit next to you in the pew, vulnerable and unclothed. Surprised?
You shouldn't be. You've seen them: believers dressed in their "Sunday best" suits and stilettos, with a look that is designed to lead you to one conclusion: they really have it all together. The truth is, not all of them are as dressed up as they think they are!
In our house, we have a lot of lost things. Lost things require either omniscience or prayer to be found, sometimes both. To put this story into context, please let me give you a little background.
We are currently a family of 5 crammed into what's usually called a "starter home" built for two. Measuring in at a whopping 1100 square feet, our house just about qualifies for the new eco-trend called "tinyhomes." With just one bathroom, two bedrooms, and an open floor plan downstairs, we are not really too far from "green" camping. Please hear me correctly: I'm not complaining. I HAVE been to Africa, and I am extremely grateful for my little "hut," which many people are not fortunate enough to own. But when you add 5 people and all their related "stuff" to this #tinyhome, things get complicated! Glasses, wallets, and socks often go missing, as do retainers, teddy bears, and mobile phones. But our most-lost items are always the library books.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.