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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

  We stopped at the bank on the drive into the city.  I remember waiting in line while the armored car picked up its daily money collection.  I remember barely being able to contain the impatience and excitement. After we parked and walked through the cold, blustery winter afternoon, we rode the elevator to our […]

stop banging on the door and look for a window: finding the strength to start over

stop banging on the door and look for a window: finding the strength to start over

Sometimes watching the door close on a day, a season, a moment in life is both the easiest and the hardest part of life. It’s so very difficult to know that a closed door usually signifies the end of something, whatever that something is.  Maybe the end of a relationship, a career path, a dream, […]

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

Holidays are hard.  Really hard.  And they really don’t seem to be getting any easier or less complicated. I’m not trying to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, honest!  I really do like giving gifts and trying to be thoughtful about giving them, rather than just buying anything and shoving it in some wrapping paper.  […]

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

There comes a time, oftentimes more than once I’d think, when each of us comes to a crossroads in life, left with a choice of two directions in which to travel. As hard as we might try to look around the bends and see what lies ahead, which road will be the most fulfilling or […]

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

To read Reflections: Part 1… And then truth two emerged from those Easter morning DVDs… God still loves us, even though we are broken. Even when we lie about knowing Him. Even when we turn to food or drugs or abuse instead of seeking Him. Even when we just ignore His voice, calling us to […]

reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

This year, my family and I spent Easter in a totally abnormal way for us.  We woke up in a hotel, about five hours from home, had breakfast with strangers in sweatpants, and ate Subway sandwiches from a rest stop instead of a fancy brunch. It hardly seemed like Easter – no fancy dresses for […]

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”                             ― Langston Hughes Have you ever watched a baby bird trying to fly?  It’s such a difficult process and terrifying for both the baby and its […]