A Splendid Friend

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday February 7, 2017

Suzanne Blum’s book, A Splendid Friend, Indeed, is such a book. When I first read this book to my oldest son, years ago, I couldn’t help but try to choke back the tears at the end. The story is not merely ‘touching’, but gets at a gospel truth: unconditional love, no matter what our actions...

The Free Gift

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Every semester in seminary there would be this one moment in the middle of the semester where all of my classes would collide on one theological or biblical concept; different teachers teaching different classes, yet the trajectory of the lectures landed each professor and each class here at this...

Barely Alive & Barely Breathing

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday December 27, 2016

Positive determination creates a situation where it has to be re-fabricated at another time, thus rendering it unsustainable; but what we learn about God and his love for us in the dark, when we are near death, revealed to us by the power of the Spirit (because we know we couldn’t have created...

How Good It Feels to be Loved

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday December 6, 2016

But then it dawned on me. I'm not afraid to admit that I began to see it at the beginning of the third part, chapter 32 (yes, 32 chapters in, I finally figured it out). I figured it out when I started tearing up and my voice cracked. I didn't relate to the people in the book; I related to the...

My Body Broken

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday October 18, 2016

When I found out I was pregnant with my first son, I knew that I wanted to be the one to stay home. My husband had a wonderful full-time job that provided for me to do just that–plus, I wasn’t pulling in anything substantial being a seminarian with a part-time job working with the Doctor of...

No More Tears

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Thursday September 29, 2016

As the people weep and mourn for the sinful, law-breaking ways, Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites call the people to look no longer at themselves but at Another, God himself, because His joy (His unmerited joy in them) is their strength. All hope rests in Him not in them, the people. The one who will...

Remembering the Water, Forgetting the Shame

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday September 6, 2016

I had repressed and suppressed so much anger and pain, self-hatred and self-loathing, that by the time I was an official adult and on my own that anger, pain, hatred, and loathing found its way out in rather self-destructive ways; not just occasionally, but weekly and even daily. From an aggressive...

Surviving Back to School

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday August 9, 2016

So, if I’m not happy that school is in session because I’m ungrateful or lack an understanding about my children being blessings, then why am I happy to have two-thirds of my children out of the house? Is it because having just one kid to care for all day is easier than all three? Yes,...