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. […]

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

when it all starts crumbling: 7 death-ly sins of the church

Most of my life has been spent in and around the church.  As a life-long pastor’s kid with all of the bells and knells, as a heavily involved church and outreach ministry volunteer since childhood, and as a Director of Christian Education for a few years in two completely different churches, I have learned more […]

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 […]

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 balance: living life emptied & filled

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

I’ve been struggling for words for days.  The right ones just didn’t come, and even still I’m not sure that these are right. Yet, at some point silence becomes words of another voice. So much violence has erupted in the past week in cities and states around the U.S. – shootings of intention and perhaps […]