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 […]

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 […]

walking in all of the shoes: being Love

walking in all of the shoes: being Love

How do you put into words the anguish you feel when you see an image like the innocence of a five-year-old child like Omran Daqneesh, stripped and bloodied and battered into shock and fear and silence? When you watch the video of him being pulled from airstrike rubble, a tiny barefoot boy holding back tears […]

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time learning.  A LOT of time. As a teacher, I certainly believe that most moments have the potential to be teachable moments, if they are used as such.  As a homeschooling mom, I max out those learning opportunities at every chance I get because life truly is one of […]

finding rest in a season of weariness

finding rest in a season of weariness

A new day has dawned, or in my town it has clouded for no sun can be seen amongst the clouds of imminent rain.  And in the rare quiet moments when all of my kids are actually still sleeping, which really does not happen often – ever – there is the realization that tiredness has […]