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 […]

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 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 […]

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

In each of our minds, especially on a day like Father’s Day, there is probably a mental picture to describe the title of Dad or Father or Grandpa or whatever other name can be bestowed upon the pre-eminent male figure in your life. Maybe your memory is of an amazing man who was the rock for […]

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

My three young daughters are still big fans of the Disney movie Frozen.  So the music is often floating around our house daily, with little girl voices belting out the lyrics and little feet twirling around the furniture.  It’s amazing how quickly the words get stuck in my head and refuse to budge.  But that’s not entirely bad. […]

focusing on the forest more than the trees: loving those with mental illness

focusing on the forest more than the trees: loving those with mental illness

There are just too many times where we cannot see the forest for the trees. Urban Dictionary explains this phrase as being too focused on the details to get the bigger perspective of the picture, too close to the situation to recognize that there’s more to be seen. What if we don’t notice the forest because […]