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 […]

ask, seek, knock

ask, seek, knock

It has been a long week.  Frankly, I haven’t wanted to take on the fears and the fury that have been unleashed in far too many places, far too easily, far too loudly.  There has always been more than enough anger to go around, and this week has been unparalleled in extremeness, at least in […]

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 […]

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

Most of my life has been spent in and around the church.  As a life-long pastor’s kid with all of the bells and knells, as a heavily involved church and outreach ministry volunteer since childhood, and as a Director of Christian Education for a few years in two completely different churches, I have learned more […]

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time learning.  A LOT of time. As a teacher, I certainly believe that most moments have the potential to be teachable moments, if they are used as such.  As a homeschooling mom, I max out those learning opportunities at every chance I get because life truly is one of […]

finding rest in a season of weariness

finding rest in a season of weariness

A new day has dawned, or in my town it has clouded for no sun can be seen amongst the clouds of imminent rain.  And in the rare quiet moments when all of my kids are actually still sleeping, which really does not happen often – ever – there is the realization that tiredness has […]

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

I’ll be really honest right now.  I really, really, really do not like politics or what political races, mudslinging, policy-talking, or anything else related to politics means.  So for this particular presidential race where every time I turned on the morning news for the past year, it opens with the latest Trumpism or Clintonism, I […]

walking in blind faith

walking in blind faith

To be abundantly clear – this post is not about the literal act of jumping off of a cliff, and it is in no way a suggestion regarding suicide.  It is absolutely a reference to a dream I’ve had several times where God calls me to a cliff – a major decision that will change […]