Looking for love? Open this…

  Write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:9 I have sticky notes of daily affirmations and reminders of my worth posted in a number of places. On walls. On mirrors. On microwaves. Coffee pots. Some are quotes I have collected through the months, but others are Bible verses. [...]

Please don’t ask me to drink

Sometimes you can be the loudest, funniest, and coolest one at the party, and at some point still feel all alone. Still be the one feeling like “Baby" stashed in a corner, behind a plant...trying to figure out where you fit in. Hoping no one asks if you want a drink. Please. Please don’t ask [...]

A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that [...]

Better than yesterday

Yesterday. Yesterday was tough. Yesterday you lost your temper. Yesterday you failed as a mom. Yelled at your kids. Snapped at your husband. A co-worker. A friend. Yesterday you slipped. You fell back into old habits. Looking for anything to take away the pain, grief, sadness, loneliness you feel. Yesterday you didn’t meet all the [...]

Would you go where they go?

"How do they do it? How do they find each other? It's like they can sniff out each other's chaos?" These are sometimes the conversations I have about the relationships amongst growing kids. How they decide to form attachments to those who are either good or bad for them. How we, as adults, do the [...]

It’s all going to be OK

Faith and feelings. Or “suck it up, don’t talk about it, just pray about it.” I’m a straight shooter. I’m honest. I keep it real. I share my struggles. And, I value the art of vulnerability in our lives. Even among the faith community. However, there is often this idea that we can’t be vulnerable, [...]

A rainbow, a promise

"For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won't walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won't fall apart." Isaiah 54:10 It seemed to be a morning like most. While I was in a different zip code, state, and porch, my morning routine had not changed. [...]

But with God…it’s all OK

Summer has for the past several years been a time for renewal. It has been a time to focus on relaxing, self-care, and spending time setting long forgotten priorities back into balance. For the past two years the beginning of summer has not began in a mode of peace, and I have had to really [...]

So that no one walks alone

“I’m bored.” “She’s an idiot. Why does she want to go to the pool so much.” “You are the worst brother ever. You don’t ever want to do anything” “You are stupid. I am sick of sitting by this stupid, stupid pool, stupid head.” When they are not fighting over who gets the hour of [...]