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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

When we look carefully, really carefully, at the world around us, what is it that we are really, truly seeing? Are we so wrapped up in the problems inside our homes and our marriages and our families to see anything beyond the blurred vision of heartache and shattered dreams?  Or are we using our homes as […]

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

Fairness is often a battleground of epic proportions in sports and competitions.  How could it not be? Coaches selecting players based on skill or strategy to take each play call and transform it into the magical moment of athletic domination. Kids of all ages striving to make it to the major leagues or just to […]

growing future leaders: raising up grace

growing future leaders: raising up grace

  Growing up, I was anything but graceful.  Long legs, wobbly ankles, permed-poodle bobbed hair with awful bangs, and giant round glasses.  Nevermind the really ugly clothes of the 90s. Didn’t know how to fit in, wasn’t sure I wanted to anyway, trying to navigate hormones and school and not being completely dorky in every way possible. […]

growing future leaders: raising up humility

growing future leaders: raising up humility

Our world is growing increasingly more bold, almost daily. Gunmen walking into movie theaters and schools and just about anywhere.  Aiming.  Or not.  Killing.  Maiming.  Scarring for life.  With little cause for pause. Terrorists preying on fear and false senses of security.  Getting their agendas right too loudly and too effectively.  Brash.  Ruthless.  On a […]

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

Good has to be gleaned and shared from even the most frustrating and despairing of situations. Otherwise, we can miss God. We are living in a time where there is so much mudslinging in political battlegrounds, on TV shows, in our neighborhoods, on our streets… everywhere.  It can feel like a non-stop barrage of negativity and criticism. […]