It’s All About the Heart

"Yes, she is a pastor." "Oh, really? I never would have guessed that." This was the response received in the cabinet section at the local home improvement store. The comment made when my husband advised the sweet lady of my second "vocation." It wasn't the first time I had been told this. It was a [...]

He is still working through you

A couple years ago I was on fire. Passionate. I was pretty certain that God had placed a specific calling on my heart. I knew I had heard him, remember the events. The time. The place. Who was around. What He said to me. I had a plan and a purpose. A focus. A desire. [...]

The one who “sees” you

Ever had to do an assignment in which you were asked to think about your funeral? Never. Well…I had never been either, until reading through the next chapter in the weekly devotional my husband and I have been completing together. Full disclosure: We are on our second round. Really our first and less than half. [...]

So what if I am beautiful?

Can you begin to hate a word? Like cringe every time you see it or hear it? Has that ever happened to you? Because it had happened to me. See, I had begun to hate a word. I hated what this word had come to define in culture. What the world had taught women about [...]

Staying truly connected

One of the things we all crave is connection. We are all looking for someone with whom we can feel we can share our lives. Our secrets. Our dreams. Our hearts. We want connection.  Connection also requires vulnerability. Vulnerability requires us to bear all. Bearing all causes hurt. When we become hurt, we retreat, and [...]

The Battle: Part 2

I didn’t want to go. It is 7:45 pm. The service started at 7:15, so I am sure to have missed some of it anyway. What is the point in showing up 30 minutes late? Plus, I am exhausted, I have been in the nursery for 3 solid days and I could use this night [...]

The Battle: Part 1

Tossing. Turning. Up. Down. This was the position of my body through the night, but also my head. Awake for 3 hours while the devil wreaked havoc on my brain. For 3 solid hours he attacked my purpose. My integrity. All my regrets. He tapped into all the things that made me feel inadequate, useless, [...]

Your fear is lying to you

I remember the last time I got on a roller coaster before I declared them off-limits for me. I used to love them. The twisty, the better. So what made me stop? What made me walk around with this irrational fear of them? Nothing has ever happened to me on one. No known tragedy related [...]

On finding acceptance in an old hometown

Hometowns. They can bring such feelings of security. Safety. The feeling of being at home. But there’s a flip side. Those hometowns often become the place we never feel at home. Not accepted. Only remembered for all the mistakes you made. A person you likely are not anymore Jesus was no stranger to being rejected [...]

What happened when I deleted Facebook

If you have been around for a while, or ever seen my YouTube videos, you know I deleted Facebook about 8 or so months ago. I had my various reasons why; some that had to do with my overall well-being. Regardless of those reasons, stepping away from the ever-popular app has had benefits, and has [...]