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 [...]

WWJD: Be a joy, not a jerk

Love is not rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable. 1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT This post is a two-fer because these two principles work hand in hand. Words and the actions that come with them have power. In fact, Scripture discusses the power of words in many places. One such [...]

WWJD: Kindness

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.    Write them deep within your heart. Proverbs 3:3, NLT Kindness. What do we often think of when we think of random acts of kindness? Pretty words? Random gifts? The second portion of 1 Corinthians 13:4 states that LOVE is kind. But think [...]

The blessing is the payback

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 1 Peter 3:9, NLT Hurt. We have all experienced it. We have all had people hurt us-whether intentionally or [...]

To be known

I walked in the room, knowing I needed to apologize. Dinner in our home is definitely a time of interesting, and fiery conversation. The fiery ones center mostly on the state of virtual school. On any given night, one parent ends up being the bad cop, the good cop, or we both end up just [...]

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 [...]

A little love up in here

Surely, Lord, You are in this place. Surely, Lord, You are in this place. These were the words written in my daily devotional this morning. These were the words I had to repeatedly say to myself over and over just to get through my day today. To get through some spaces today. Surely, Lord, you [...]

Peace with everyone

Do all that you can to live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 For years I have tried to determine the best way to read, reflect, and write what God has spoken to me as I sit with Him each day. There has been quite a learning curve along the way. Many a planner bought. [...]

Let my words be sweet

“Because she is a crybaby. That’s why she is crying.” Where did these words come from you ask? They were uttered from my youngest. The answer from the lips of my son after his sister had asked why tears had filled her mom’s eyes. And, of course, after these words, I began to cry even [...]

Why can’t we just be nice

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18  I started something different recently in the Wednesday night service I lead at my local church. Instead of another children's sermon with kids sitting in neat rows, I started breaking them into groups. The purpose-conversation, fellowship and [...]