About Piper

Why I Write?
This is my journal where I dabble in ink and write from my heart about the Word of God. I love the Word and I pray my musings ignite a hunger in those who read them, and that they too will fall in love with His Word. This is my daily prayer: May my heart burn within me as you open up the Scriptures to me Luke 24:32. I long to know God deeper through my writings and expositions. I find the Bible to be true and living, and that it ignites a fire even in the coldest heart. When I read God’s Word, I desire to take the Holy and turn it into something blazing (Eugene Peterson). God is not always heard in the wind, earthquakes, and fire. Mostly, He comes softly in His still small voice. I seek to witness His divine workings every day in the midst of this mundane Chronos.

“That is why it is so urgent to revive the strong angel’s command to St. John. If we want to keep our identity, if we want a text to live by that keeps us in the company of God’s people, keeps us conversant with who he is and the way he works, we simply must eat this book.” Eugene Peterson

About Piper:
I am a seminarian; I earned an M.Div. in theology from Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity, and a Master of Arts in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree. The academic life is a passion of mine. It is one way in which I seek to love God will all my mind (Matt. 22:37). 

I am a writer and teacher; I study the Word of God, not to master the text, as Eugene Peterson writes, but to submit to it as it is given to us. I am a perpetual student; not only for bookish study but for Christ to be formed in me.  I want Christ, the Word made flesh to become a part of me—I don’t want to know more, I want to become more. When Christ speaks, He brings order to my cosmos.

In my seminary journey, I fell in love with theology. I love the poetry and prose of the Old Testament—Jesus revealed on each page, in each life encountered. I also have a passion for Judaic Studies and the Hebrewness (Piper’s linguistics) of the Bible.

I am a devourer of books. I own a growing collection of old and antique books. I love the old, dusty feel, and I try to imagine the history of each one. The hands that have carried and cradled them; read them and loved them. I love all books, though I must confess, I am slow to warm up to the digital age of books. I have to hold a book in my hand for the reasons mused above. I love writing in the margins, doodling on its pages. I pray that when one comes upon one of my books many moons from now, that they will know me a little bit by the markings in the pages. I love literary classics; Lewis, Tolkien, Austen and the like. Eugene Peterson and Mark Buchanan, hail as a couple of my favorite modern authors. Most of my time is spent reading the Word or books that help me grasp the Word. I want the Word to impregnate my soul and spirit, to run through my blood, and permeate my bones to the very marrow.

My Musings:
I have penned a book, A Life That Sings: FindingYour Song in the Midst of Brokenness. In it, I discover some incredible lives in the Word to unearth how they found their song in the midst of crazy, and chaotic circumstances. God revealed Himself to each life, redeemed them, and sang the song of redemption over them (Zeph. 3:17). In the midst of their pain and brokenness, God showered His grace and encouraged and strengthened them. For every problem, God has a promise. He has a purpose and plan for each of His children, and He will not leave us or forsake us. When we are right in the middle of horrible circumstances, we feel as though the sheet music has been erased clean from our soul, and we can barely muster a prayer. But God in all of His love searches for His children. He will reveal Himself in our pain and speak into our lives to give us a hope and a future.

You can also find my scribbles on Christian Women Online Magazine, a beautiful community of strong, faithful, and God-loving women, and as a contributor and Copy Editor for SHINE Magazine and SHINE blog.

My Mantra:
“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No...not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that... overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable—like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”  Viola De Lesseps Shakespeare in Love (Still a work in progress!)

My Heart’s Desire:
I dream of wide-open spaces; a pasture filled with horses and Jersey cows, and a yard full of chickens. I am on a mission to grow my own food. I grow a small, humble garden— Piper’s Farm; you will see it from time to time. I long to witness the Divine creation of God—sow a seed and watch it grow; a magnificent display of God’s glory.

My Life:
My husband and I have been married for over a quarter-century and have three children. We call Centennial, Colorado home; resting in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Why I Write II

When God makes His presence felt through us, we are like the burning bush: Moses never took any heed what sort of bush it was—he only saw the brightness of the Lord. ~George Eliot

Augustine As Mentor
I want the Scriptures to become my thought, my life, my teaching.

Lord, I want everything I say and write to be saturated with Scripture.

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; so lead us by your Spirit that in this life we may live to your glory and in the life to come enjoy you forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. 

Thoughts on Writing

Increasingly, writing for me is a form of worship and prayer: even if God is the only one who hears, who sees, who cares, it’s enough.

I write, not to disclose what I already know but to discover both what I do know and what I don’t. Writing is like sleuthing to me. A pen is a trowel, to dig what’s buried.

~Mark Buchanan

If you want to change the world pick up your pen and write. ~ Martin Luther

Peterson, Eugene. Eat This Book: A Conversation In The Art Of Spiritual Reading. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

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