finding balance in the unexpected

finding balance in the unexpected

There are probably simple, easy answers to many of the questions of what to do when you experience the unexpected, how to react, what to say… I’m not usually very good with simplicity and too often make everything about as complicated as it could be. Not sure why… Because it keeps life challenging? Thankfully, God gave […]

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 […]

when the upcoming holidays seem like too much…

when the upcoming holidays seem like too much…

Despite the overly efficient and inspiring store displays that suggest decorating my house for both Halloween and Thanksgiving in September, I just am not there yet.  I rarely send out Christmas cards on time, if ever.   And I can’t multi-task fall holidays, months ahead of time. In all honesty, I have a really hard time […]

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 […]

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

I’ll be really honest right now.  I really, really, really do not like politics or what political races, mudslinging, policy-talking, or anything else related to politics means.  So for this particular presidential race where every time I turned on the morning news for the past year, it opens with the latest Trumpism or Clintonism, I […]

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 […]

saving dependence in the midst of independence

saving dependence in the midst of independence

In light of Independence Day, the crowds along red-white-and-blue-strewn parade routes, the sparkling and boisterous fireworks displays, and the overabundance of picnic food most of us probably will serve as leftover lunches, sometimes I wonder if perhaps our quest for independence has gone too far. So much of life, from the time we are itty-bitty, […]

5 things we can all do to change the world today

5 things we can all do to change the world today

It feels like the events of the last weeks are just too much – the tragedy in Orlando where 49 lives were cut way too short and countless more were affected instantaneously, the horror in Istanbul where men carry bombs dressed up in luggage and weapons for killing innocent lives without pause for human life but […]

embrace the shadows: learning to live in the Light

embrace the shadows: learning to live in the Light

Sometimes it is so much easier to keep running.  To just put one foot in front of the other, foot past foot, sometimes more quickly and sometimes barely shuffling.  Racing from activity to sports to church to grocery store and back again, even when racing might not be necessary. Sometimes it is just easier to […]

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 […]