growing future leaders: learning to find your voice

growing future leaders: learning to find your voice

I’ve spent much of my life trying desperately to avoid conflict. Not wanting to create a problem.  Not offering a solution.  Not giving an opinion. Not making decisions.  Not standing up for a cause. Not having a voice. Maybe it’s the guilt that I too often associated with the effect of my choices upon others, […]

stop squeezing God into your box

stop squeezing God into your box

I only recently realized how much time we, me included, spend boxing up God. And I don’t really think that it isn’t because we don’t know better.  Because surely we do know better. And I don’t really think that it is because we are consciously making an effort to smoosh the Creator of the entire […]

when love means loss

when love means loss

I think sometimes that the purest example of love comes in the form of loss. There is such breadth and depth to the very word LOVE, and yet it can so rarely be fully realized until it is at least threatened and at most lost. My family and I recently attended a funeral viewing of […]

love freely. love vulnerably. love always.

love freely.  love vulnerably.  love always.

Sometimes, at the end of a long day, there just isn’t much left.  The reserves are drained, patience is depleted, energy is just about shot.  And it’s all you can do to crawl into bed and let it all go. Sometimes it seems as if just surviving every day is more than enough of a […]

stop adding to the noise: a better way to be heard

stop adding to the noise: a better way to be heard

  It can be really hard to hear through noise, chaos, and utter confusion. It can be distracting to face unanswered questions and upsetting statements. It can be impossible to discern one voice from another in the cacophony.  Regardless of the tone, the demeanor, the purpose of the voices. Especially when everyone is shouting at […]

an unexpected gift: living joy

an unexpected gift: living joy

I would be very remiss if I didn’t mention my amazing friend and her sweet baby Joy at least once. When my daughters wanted to name our puppy Joy, I was really hesitant to be honest.  Mostly because I didn’t want to hurt my friend. When I thought about writing this series of posts exploring JOY, […]

an unexpected gift: finding joy

an unexpected gift: finding joy

I had been scouring the internet all day, every day, for weeks on end.  And I had looked at least weekly for the past year or two.  Had sent photos in texts and emails, requested more information, made phone calls more than a few times. Nothing that was the right fit. Until it was. And […]

an unexpected gift: searching for joy

an unexpected gift: searching for joy

For whatever multitude of reasons or excuses I could provide, I’ve had this flip-flopping attitude about being settled in God’s everlasting, ever-ready presence for as long as I can remember.  Transient.  Unsure. Recognizing His Word and example upon example therein where God proved Himself unabashedly to His people.  To me.  To you.  It just sometimes looked […]

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 […]

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 […]