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, […]

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

“Hate is a very strong word,” my three-year-old daughter reminds me any time I slip and use the word about  my displeasure at being cold in winter or about disliking the phone after it rings twenty times in a day with telemarketers.  But she’s right. Hate really is a very strong word.  It’s a concept […]

time to grow up hope

time to grow up hope

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises […]

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 […]

value is more than a price tag

value is more than a price tag

  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of […]

breaking the downward spiral of education

breaking the downward spiral of education

So here’s the thing.  I think it’s time to open the flood gates… I’ve had several conversations and read several recent articles or blog posts in the past four days alone, nevermind those in the last 10 years, that are pointing me to something I’ve known for a long time was coming and is only […]

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

It has been a hard year, struggles abounding in too many places, peace seeming hidden and lost amidst the confusion.  The hard stuff of life looms so large, doesn’t it?  Too many friends are entrenched in similar battles of the heart and soul, alongside us in their own quiet places.  Too many neighbors searching for […]

finding faith in the little things

finding faith in the little things

I’ve found that when I look, truly and intently look, at the wonder that surrounds me in the simplicity and intricacy of God’s incredible Creation – I can’t help but be awe-struck that He who knows every intimate minutia of every blade of grass, flower, fowl, bug… everything. Have you ever looked at snowflakes?  I […]

finding faith in the ashes

finding faith in the ashes

It was the day that started like so many others, worked out for an hour or so in the Grove City College weight room as soon as it opened, went to breakfast in the cafeteria, ate alone while reading my devotional, and then I left the door and saw the crowd, the silent, fear-struck group […]