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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

no fear in love

no fear in love

And then there was the day that a truck driven fully loaded with weaponry and gun firing on happy, celebrating crowds. And the celebrating that turned to chaos and pain and terror and loss. And fear.  Always fear. For fear seems to walk hand in hand with tragedy, especially that which is unexpected. A fear […]

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. […]