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, […]

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

There comes a time, oftentimes more than once I’d think, when each of us comes to a crossroads in life, left with a choice of two directions in which to travel. As hard as we might try to look around the bends and see what lies ahead, which road will be the most fulfilling or […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]