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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

the quiet miracles: finding hope for the new year

the quiet miracles: finding hope for the new year

As another year draws to a close, too many mixed emotions bubble up in all of us. We are all rejoicing over someone or something in some way. We are all hurting and mourning something or someone. We are all worried about something or someone. We are all wondering what a new year might bring […]

an unexpected gift: living joy

an unexpected gift: living joy

I would be very remiss if I didn’t mention my amazing friend and her sweet baby Joy at least once. When my daughters wanted to name our puppy Joy, I was really hesitant to be honest.  Mostly because I didn’t want to hurt my friend. When I thought about writing this series of posts exploring JOY, […]

an unexpected gift: finding joy

an unexpected gift: finding joy

I had been scouring the internet all day, every day, for weeks on end.  And I had looked at least weekly for the past year or two.  Had sent photos in texts and emails, requested more information, made phone calls more than a few times. Nothing that was the right fit. Until it was. And […]

an unexpected gift: searching for joy

an unexpected gift: searching for joy

For whatever multitude of reasons or excuses I could provide, I’ve had this flip-flopping attitude about being settled in God’s everlasting, ever-ready presence for as long as I can remember.  Transient.  Unsure. Recognizing His Word and example upon example therein where God proved Himself unabashedly to His people.  To me.  To you.  It just sometimes looked […]

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. […]

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 […]