Dandelions and Jesus

My 7th year. I am coming to the end of my 7th year of this counseling youth gig. Of stepping inside schools to hopefully provide safe space for those that just need a breath of fresh air. A minute away from pressure. Someone to guide and direct them to share and express their feelings in [...]

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Grunts. Kicks. Moans. All by 8:30 in the morning. Complaints about what is in the fridge to eat. Complaints about the days plans. Words like these: "Grateful? For [...]

after the decorations are gone

The days after Christmas. Memories of the laughter. The time spent with family. The remnants of gifts not yet put away. The lazy days. The leftovers. Naps. Netflix. The promise of a new year. With this promise each year also comes the burning desire to reclaim the space in my house. Get back into my [...]

When Joy Seems Hard to Find

The grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. -Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Chistmas Usually Christmas brings me much joy each year. By the end of November, I have my tree up, my shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and I am ready for Christmas [...]

I’m Happy. Really!

A glad heart makes a happy face, a broken heart crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 I am going to be honest. I have a problem with this particular Proverb. Solomon while certainly wise and getting most things right, has it wrong in this one line. I just have to beg to differ here. Why? Because [...]

Inviting Laughter and God to Dinner

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 Patience. It can be one of the hardest virtues to act out in one's life, especially when it comes to children. I used to believe I was not one who possessed much in the way of this patience mess, and there are many [...]