A lot can be said about what a spiritually mature person looks like. Scripture gives several different verses and all around us we have an abundance of living examples that are imitations of those verses.

What has concerned me recently, however, is how many people consider themselves spiritually mature that aren’t. You might say these people have a lot of “head” knowledge. They can give mental assent to many truths. They read their Bible and even memorize verses. They seem like they have it all together when you hear them give an answer. Actually, some of them might even sound like know-it-all’s. However, if you pay really close attention something doesn’t sound right. On the other hand, others might think that by keeping quiet it helps them to come across as more mature (and in some cases that’s true). When they say too much though their hypocrisy starts to show through.

How many of us might have grown up in church and know all the right answers? How many of us might have consistent spiritual disciplines but something isn’t quite connecting? How many of us know that our hypocrisy isn’t right but we just cover it up and go on anyway?

This head game that we play with a watching world is only an illusion of spiritual maturity. Please don’t misunderstand me. Bible reading, scripture reading, evangelism, and in-depth study are all good and necessary. We are supposed to study and be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15). By themselves they are empty though.

Over the next few posts I will unpack a few more ideas and will hopefully offer you some insights that you can use in your own personal life or with others around you.


It seems she swallowed this one too! In light of that the Tooth Fairy decided to play a bit of a game with her…


Dear Noelle,

So you are 7 years old and have lost your 8th tooth. And your sister now has 6 teeth??? This is almost too much to believe. Speaking of not believing – I’m not sure I buy your story about losing another tooth. Where’s the tooth at this time? I suppose you’re going to tell me you swallowed it again, right?

Okay, so I checked your mouth and you are missing a tooth. I guess that’s enough proof. Why are you hiding them from me though? Since you hid your tooth from me I hid the money from you. I hope you can find it!

Brrr, it’s starting to get cold here again. I don’t know if I like these different seasons or not. It’s not this cold where my family moved to. It’s actually pretty warm all throughout the year. That’s the good part. The bad part is I miss all my friends. What do you do when all of your friends live somewhere else? I’m making new friends though. That part is really fun. On top of that my dad loves his new job. I get to watch him a lot as he trains all of the new fairies to do their job.

I don’t have much time tonight. I spent most of it trying to find your tooth. I looked all over and couldn’t find it. You definitely found a good hiding spot for it. Wait until you see my hiding spot!

I enjoyed seeing you again, even if you were sleeping. Thanks for being my friend.

Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

Love, the Tooth Fairy

It has been some time since my last post. There are always so many ideas running around in my head for things to write about but they never quite make it to the finish line. My intentions are much better than my follow through. It just may have to be that way for awhile.

I have said for some time that I love everything I am doing. My love for teaching elementary music became more apparent when I was moved from teaching middle school music to elementary music. I was not looking forward to the switch but it has turned out to be a great move. I can honestly say that I am fulfilled with what I am doing in music education.

I was also very satisfied serving as a youth director at our church. I thoroughly enjoyed what I did. The biggest problem there was that I couldn’t find time to do more. About a year ago I made the decision to resign. Primarily, that decision was so that I could spend more time with my family. It has been a great choice and one that I have not regretted once!!! I stayed involved helping with our youth and I have since picked up other responsibilities with the college ministry and other areas. Doing “just” this leaves me wanting more. I have never been completely satisfied with what I could be doing in this arena.

So, I am content but not fulfilled. It leaves me wondering what I should be doing differently. Do you ever feel like that? I am so glad the God is in control and that I have the kinds of options God has laid out in front of me. That is something not to be taken for granted.

I wonder how much longer she will want letters from the Tooth Fairy?


Tooth number 7? Here we go… The way I figure you’ve lost about 1 tooth per year. You are almost 7 aren’t you? I come by every so often to visit but it has been quiet around your house here lately. Why is that? You are never around during the day anymore.

I did notice one other thing – your sister has 2 teeth now! She is so, so cute. I was trying to check her teeth this afternoon and she slobbered all over me. She would have bitten me too if I hadn’t flown out of the way. She’s quite a character. She reminds me of you.

So where did you lose this tooth at? I was trying to figure out tonight but the only thing I heard was reading and SPCS. Now, what does that mean? Oh, how I wish I could see you and talk to you. We could be such good friends.

I don’t know how much more I’ll be around. My dad got a job transfer. He is now head of the Fairy Farm. This is where we all go to learn how to do our jobs. I hope they’ll keep letting me come see you.

It sure is amazing how things change over time. You’ve grown up so much. You seem so smart and creative. Before long you’ll be in school and I won’t see you at all. How did things change so much?

My dear Noelle, I’ll never see you face to face but I think about you often. I hope you remember me too. Please say you’ll always remember me and never lose touch. I’ll always remember you.

Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

Love, the Tooth Fairy

Recently I have been involved in conversations about whether or not Jesus Christ is fully God. To be honest, I cannot faithfully recreate the various responses I have received to this question. I will not even try to do them justice. They are varied and some of them are downright confusing. It is a great question to be asking though. If you haven’t considered it let me encourage you to do so. To get you started here are a few verses to stimulate your thinking.


John 1:1-3 

John 8:58 – This is a reference to Exodus 3:14 and anyone in that audience would have recognized its meaning and what Jesus was indicating.

Philippians 2:5-8 – This passage also does an excellent job of describing Christ’s humanity and death on the cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

Colossians 2:9


Take the time to examine these passages and others. When you are looking at these verses remember to look at the context of how they are mentioned.

For further information, and a more detailed explanation to this question, you can go to carm.org & gotquestions.org online. Or, consider purchasing this book by Wayne Grudem, Bible Doctrine . All of these resources have been helpful in answering a variety of spiritual topics.

How’s that for a title? No, I am not off my rocker. That is really what I wanted it to say. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of going with our youth group to Spring Hill. This was at least our 11th year and maybe our 12th. Let me put in a quick plug for a great camp! If you want a fabulous camp experience check out Spring Hill!

The way things worked out I was going to be teaching the first few nights before our youth leader got there. The text I chose was Ephesians 5:15-21. It was a four-part series on how to be the church. It was entitled “There Is A Better Way.” I spoke on wisdom (v15-18), encouragement (v19),  thankfulness (v20), and unity (v21).

I started off the first night with the lesson on thankfulness because I thought I only had two nights to teach. The song, “Me and My Teddy Bear”, was actually used as part of my introduction. The kids loved the song and it was something they sang all week long. I just hope they remember the main point more than they remember the song!

Below is the introduction that I gave…


What kind of routines do you have with your family? Mealtime, bedtime, vacation, chores? Are there any that you’ve had from a very young age? One of the routines I can remember most vividly from growing up is my bedtime routine. Every night as we were getting ready for bed we’d crawl up the stairs while mom would sing to us. I can still remember the song. It was called “Me and My Teddy Bear” by Rosemary Clooney.

After we got up the stairs mom would tuck us in and we’d pray “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take.” After that I can remember going through a simple routine of praying for all of our family. “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, God bless grandma, God bless grandpa, God bless granny, God bless pappaw, etc…”

Little did I know how much this routine would influence me. Now that I’m older, I realize the first prayer is not really accurate biblically. But I’ve also realized that it did teach me how to pray. Not only did it teach me how to pray but it also taught me how to be thankful as I recognized the important things in my life, such as family.


From there I jumped into the passage and talked about thankfulness. In v20 of Ephesians 5 Paul challenges the church to be thankful always and for everything. That’s a big step for many of us!

The Jews developed a tradition of blessing God in and for everything. It was called a brakha or berakhah. The first word means thanksgiving and berakhah means prayer of thanksgiving. According to Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, the traditional line for each blessing, in use for the past seventeen hundred years, is this: “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe,” or, in Hebrew, “Barukh atah, Adonai Elohenu, Melek ha-olam…” (p92).

What if we lived life being thankful to God for everything and in all circumstances? How would that change our approach to life?

How would that change the church?

There really is a better way!

And the saga of losing teeth and growing up continues… I love my family!


Six teeth already??? Please stop it! You have the weirdest way of losing your teeth! I heard it was coming out so I stopped by earlier this week but all you were doing was wiggling it around. And it came out in cantaloupe? Oh yeah, and who is this Tom fellow you keep talking about?

 You sure are growing up fast. Time flies (and so do fairies). I noticed all of your kindergarten stuff lying around and it made me tear up a little. Oh how I wish I could come see you when you were awake. We could have so much fun. They tell me it is against fairy rules though.

 I took a peek at your little sister tonight. She is so sweet with her bottom all bunched up in the air. She was a little gassy though. Whew! I tried to see inside her mouth but she had her thumb in it. You know that will make teeth crooked don’t you?!?

 Well, I must be going.  We’re going to Disneyland to see my cousin Tinkerbell and her friends.

 Sleep tight my little one. Until next time…

 Love, the Tooth Fairy