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 […]

at the end of the road: finding hope after loss

at the end of the road: finding hope after loss

Some of us spend far too much of our lives at the end of its journey. We have far more experience with loss and pain than we ever thought humanly possible. We have encountered far too many tragedies and abandonment than we ever expected. And it is almost unbearable sometimes. The other day, my husband […]

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 […]

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 […]

shining a light in the darkness: finding answers where there aren’t any

shining a light in the darkness: finding answers where there aren’t any

The raw, excruciatingly intimate and pain-filled words drifting out across a room of sorrow.  The loss of a beloved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend too real to bear and too unbelievable to imagine.  A life so full of vibrancy and enthusiasm and compassion and advice snuffed out too early.  Robbed by cancer’s clammy grip. […]

finding balance in the unexpected

finding balance in the unexpected

There are probably simple, easy answers to many of the questions of what to do when you experience the unexpected, how to react, what to say… I’m not usually very good with simplicity and too often make everything about as complicated as it could be. Not sure why… Because it keeps life challenging? Thankfully, God gave […]

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 […]

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 […]