Marlena Graves

In her writing, Marlena reflects on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus amid the beauty, wonder, and tragedy of this God-haunted world. She desires to offer a taste of the beauty and goodness and the hospitality of God through what she writes and how she lives. At the same time, she thinks about this: if Jesus reserved his harshest words for the religious people of his day, challenging their attitudes, in what way is Jesus challenging her and others within the Church? She is a bylined contributor for Christianity Today's Her.meneutics and Gifted for Leadership blogs as well as Our Daily Journey and Missio Alliance. She has contributed to Christianity Today, On Faith, Relevant, the Conversations Journal, Rachel Held Evans's blog, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith, and other venues. She is married to her favorite person in existence, Shawn Graves. He's a philosopher. Together they have three little girls. They enjoy their life together and always desire to welcome others into it. She's on staff at her church offering and coordinating pastoral care for their beloved seniors. Her first book, A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press - Baker Books), debuted in June 2014. She blogs at http://marlenagraves.com and her Twitter handle is @MarlenaGraves. She welcomes you in the name of Jesus. 

Blog Posts by Marlena Graves

God, are You Messin’ with Me?

God, are You Messin’ with Me?

I recently suffered a stunning disappointment. I mean, it was a heart-wrenching stunner.  I thought God was pointing and moving in a certain direction. Guiding this way and not that. I was wrong. Dead wrong. I was sorely disappointed especially since…

Right Now.

Our family just welcomed tiny little Isabella into our lives. She was born 10/2. We love and adore her. God protected me through a difficult pregnancy and a scary delivery. Most of this pregnancy I’ve been sick and immobile. I haven’t…

Go and Learn This: Mercy

Today something happened that brought these words of Jesus to mind: “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’” (Matthew 9:13).  When I got home, I then thought about this verse in connection with the first one…

When Jesus is Inconvenient

The Trouble With Epiphanies – by Ben L’Heureux About hospitality Dennis Okholm says*, “what I find most irritating about practicing Benedictine hospitality when it comes to receiving the guest is the timing of the guest’s appearance. In the spirit of…