taking life’s lemons: when threats of suffering loom large and break you hard

taking life’s lemons: when threats of suffering loom large and break you hard

I have to think that there are times in every single person’s life when they walk to the edge of heart-stopping anxiety and wild-eyed fear over the unknown that lies ahead. Perhaps the precipice is the craziest of thrill rides at an amusement park, but at least that one is temporary. Perhaps the crag is […]

the quiet miracles: finding hope for the new year

the quiet miracles: finding hope for the new year

As another year draws to a close, too many mixed emotions bubble up in all of us. We are all rejoicing over someone or something in some way. We are all hurting and mourning something or someone. We are all worried about something or someone. We are all wondering what a new year might bring […]

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 […]

beyond cranberries and Christmas commercials: seeking comfort when holidays are hard

beyond cranberries and Christmas commercials: seeking comfort when holidays are hard

Memories trickle into mind.  One by one by two by ten. Eventually flooding every nook and cranny until the torrent of emotions is almost palpable. Guilt.  Anger.  Frustration.  Anxiety.  Sorrow.  Confusion.  Desperation.  Skepticism. Until sometimes, heart hardening is too quick to happen. Especially when more memories are created and added to the movie reel daily.  Healthy […]

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 […]

when the upcoming holidays seem like too much…

when the upcoming holidays seem like too much…

Despite the overly efficient and inspiring store displays that suggest decorating my house for both Halloween and Thanksgiving in September, I just am not there yet.  I rarely send out Christmas cards on time, if ever.   And I can’t multi-task fall holidays, months ahead of time. In all honesty, I have a really hard time […]