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 […]

simply loved

simply loved

It’s the little things sometimes that remind you that the world has not completely crashed and burned, even when it might look like that on the news or feel like that in your daily walk.  Sometimes, it just takes a little touch of humanity to remind you that there really are still good people out […]

no fear in love

no fear in love

And then there was the day that a truck driven fully loaded with weaponry and gun firing on happy, celebrating crowds. And the celebrating that turned to chaos and pain and terror and loss. And fear.  Always fear. For fear seems to walk hand in hand with tragedy, especially that which is unexpected. A fear […]

in the absence of perfection: love being perfectly imperfect

in the absence of perfection: love being perfectly imperfect

Perfection is one of those things that is so impossible to attain, and yet so many of us spend our lifetimes trying to attain it, even if to just a minor degree. Think of one thing in your life that you would love to snap your fingers and just instantly make it perfect – maybe […]

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

In each of our minds, especially on a day like Father’s Day, there is probably a mental picture to describe the title of Dad or Father or Grandpa or whatever other name can be bestowed upon the pre-eminent male figure in your life. Maybe your memory is of an amazing man who was the rock for […]

stop hiding: part 1 – what good is hiding in fear

stop hiding: part 1 – what good is hiding in fear

It’s time to stop hiding. It’s time to stop hiding in the darkness, away from the Fear that can so easily entangle and control and manipulate strong hearts and souls into thinking that there is no Hope. It’s time to stop hiding from the darkness that so quickly envelops our lives when mass tragedy and […]

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

I suppose that there comes a time in everyone’s life when they wonder if they’re significant.  Whether his or her life actually means something to someone. Whether or not there is some unique contribution that his or her life offers that may be of value. In my experience, there are so many more days where […]

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 […]

learning to get up again: finding life after abuse

learning to get up again: finding life after abuse

Abuse. “Abuse” was a hard word, a weighty word, to hear.  Harsh and unflinching in the bright lights of that quasi-meeting room, and “abuse” wasn’t really the word I expected, much less wanted. If anything, it was almost like I could feel THAT word dangling in the air, like it was suspended in time 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 […]