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 […]

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

This week marked our 9th wedding anniversary, and the 12th year that Husband and I have been together.  Our marriage has been beaten up and battered, rebuilt and reborn a few times throughout these years… and it has been worth it, even the hard days and the best days. We’ve given up high-paying jobs, health […]

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 […]

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 […]

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”                             ― Langston Hughes Have you ever watched a baby bird trying to fly?  It’s such a difficult process and terrifying for both the baby and its […]

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

Super.  So I’ve failed my three usual Resolutions for the year, and I’m a week into the New Year.  Cue the fizzles and gray smoke left behind after the bursts of noisy, colorful fireworks.  And I fizzled out almost as quickly as the fireworks did.  Oops. Just chalk it up to another rough year because […]

walking in blind faith

walking in blind faith

To be abundantly clear – this post is not about the literal act of jumping off of a cliff, and it is in no way a suggestion regarding suicide.  It is absolutely a reference to a dream I’ve had several times where God calls me to a cliff – a major decision that will change […]

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 […]