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 [...]

Let them remember you

“These kids are not going to remember us. So just do your job, go home, and forget about what goes on here. Because when they leave, they will forget about you.” A conversation. Said after a hopeless week. After taking home way too much junk from kids who aren’t “mine,” but some days certainly feel [...]

The spirit of love

"For the whole law can be summed up in this command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14 It has been said when discussing the act of finding love, that the secret to loving another person is to love oneself first. Some may see this as selfish, but when looking at the command "to love [...]

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 [...]

I need what He’s got

Crowds. I never much liked them. As a kid, teen, and a young adult I always remember struggling to figure out my place in the crowd. Where exactly I fit in. It gave me anxiety. Made me nervous. Made me wonder who exactly I was. I would either be the loudest in the room. Or [...]

The Inn after Christmas

These are the leftovers of Christmas that remain underneath our tree. The last of the gifts that need to be unboxed and placed in their appropriate places throughout the house. We chose to unwrap our gifts and then place them here instead of leaving our tree bare after Christmas morning. Weird, maybe. Lazy...whatever you wish [...]

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 [...]