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, […]

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 […]

finding hope when you’re wading through another’s mental illness

finding hope when you’re wading through another’s mental illness

There is this feeling of quicksand that slowly enfolds ankles, that creeps and grips calves and tugs down.  Sometimes harder than others.  A drowning of sorts. Struggling is futile. It only enrages the stuff and causes the tugging to yank harder, faster.  Until legs are trapped and torso is next. Yet acceptance feels more futile. […]

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 […]

the healing power of ice cream: a lesson in God’s constancy

the healing power of ice cream: a lesson in God’s constancy

For at least the third time in the past two years, our dog has fought back death and won. In all honesty, there is no medical or veterinary or scientific or financially good reason why she is still here.  Except that ice cream may have played a hand in all of it. When I first saw […]

simply loved

simply loved

It’s the little things sometimes that remind you that the world has not completely crashed and burned, even when it might look like that on the news or feel like that in your daily walk.  Sometimes, it just takes a little touch of humanity to remind you that there really are still good people out […]

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

I’ve been struggling for words for days.  The right ones just didn’t come, and even still I’m not sure that these are right. Yet, at some point silence becomes words of another voice. So much violence has erupted in the past week in cities and states around the U.S. – shootings of intention and perhaps […]

5 things we can all do to change the world today

5 things we can all do to change the world today

It feels like the events of the last weeks are just too much – the tragedy in Orlando where 49 lives were cut way too short and countless more were affected instantaneously, the horror in Istanbul where men carry bombs dressed up in luggage and weapons for killing innocent lives without pause for human life but […]

for the mamas and daddies of sick littles: finding the door of hope

for the mamas and daddies of sick littles: finding the door of hope

To all of the mamas and daddies out there who have sweet angels who struggle with their health, you are loved. You are appreciated.  Your work and devotion is not unseen.  You are heroes, especially when you don’t feel like one.  For you… Our sweet and spicy middle girl became really sick, really quickly.  And […]