facing the rapids when you can’t remember how to swim

facing the rapids when you can’t remember how to swim

Years ago, I was a college kid and spent a summer as a camp counselor at one of my most favorite places – a Christian adventure camp set in scenically stunning mountains where zip lines and 30-foot-high ropes courses, subterranean caves and 50-foot climbing towers, and tons of sports and crafts and play await.  And […]

at the end of the road: finding hope after loss

at the end of the road: finding hope after loss

Some of us spend far too much of our lives at the end of its journey. We have far more experience with loss and pain than we ever thought humanly possible. We have encountered far too many tragedies and abandonment than we ever expected. And it is almost unbearable sometimes. The other day, my husband […]

finding thanks beyond thanksgiving

finding thanks beyond thanksgiving

Sometimes, we arrive at a time when we are almost required to be thankful.  Today may have been one of those days for you. It can feel like this mandated thankfulness must extend to every facet of our lives.  Even when we don’t feel like it.  And especially when we struggle to find it. As […]

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

When we look carefully, really carefully, at the world around us, what is it that we are really, truly seeing? Are we so wrapped up in the problems inside our homes and our marriages and our families to see anything beyond the blurred vision of heartache and shattered dreams?  Or are we using our homes as […]

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

Fairness is often a battleground of epic proportions in sports and competitions.  How could it not be? Coaches selecting players based on skill or strategy to take each play call and transform it into the magical moment of athletic domination. Kids of all ages striving to make it to the major leagues or just to […]

growing future leaders: raising up grace

growing future leaders: raising up grace

  Growing up, I was anything but graceful.  Long legs, wobbly ankles, permed-poodle bobbed hair with awful bangs, and giant round glasses.  Nevermind the really ugly clothes of the 90s. Didn’t know how to fit in, wasn’t sure I wanted to anyway, trying to navigate hormones and school and not being completely dorky in every way possible. […]

growing future leaders: raising up humility

growing future leaders: raising up humility

Our world is growing increasingly more bold, almost daily. Gunmen walking into movie theaters and schools and just about anywhere.  Aiming.  Or not.  Killing.  Maiming.  Scarring for life.  With little cause for pause. Terrorists preying on fear and false senses of security.  Getting their agendas right too loudly and too effectively.  Brash.  Ruthless.  On a […]

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

Good has to be gleaned and shared from even the most frustrating and despairing of situations. Otherwise, we can miss God. We are living in a time where there is so much mudslinging in political battlegrounds, on TV shows, in our neighborhoods, on our streets… everywhere.  It can feel like a non-stop barrage of negativity and criticism. […]

when silence speaks volumes

when silence speaks volumes

In a world full of too much noise and far too much chaos, there is little space left to find quiet. In a time when the world lies dormant until our fingertip swipes and our Google searches pop millions of responses from millions of voices, there is little thought for rest. In a place where virtual […]

shining a light in the darkness: finding answers where there aren’t any

shining a light in the darkness: finding answers where there aren’t any

The raw, excruciatingly intimate and pain-filled words drifting out across a room of sorrow.  The loss of a beloved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend too real to bear and too unbelievable to imagine.  A life so full of vibrancy and enthusiasm and compassion and advice snuffed out too early.  Robbed by cancer’s clammy grip. […]