The other day I texted one of my friends, who happens to be black, just to say “hi” and check in. She’s one of my closest friends and we communicate multiple times a week, with seldom a week going by where we don’t see each other at least once. She said she was “OK” and…… Continue reading Not Knowing What to Say
My youngest son’s 2nd birthday is this week. Normally I’d be in the middle of finalizing all the birthday party details, doing what cooking prep-work could be done, getting the proper groceries, making a pinata (if I had waited this long to make it!), etc. But this morning my mother asked me what we are…… Continue reading Salvaging Hospitality in a Pandemic
I get unsatisfied sometimes, with how things seem to be going in my life. I want to be further along in certain lessons, I want to have accomplished more good things for God, I want to have been a better steward of my talents and resources, I want to see how my efforts have been…… Continue reading Hungry for Righteousness
Last September my family and I took a trip to Colorado for my brother’s wedding. It was a big, long, and expensive (for us!) trip. Earlier in the year, I put money aside from our tax return in order to pay for the trip. However, while we were out there, I couldn’t help but get…… Continue reading He Has Already Provided
Life is weird right now, isn’t it?! Many of our routines have been upended and we are being forced to adapt to new habits. And just as we are suddenly spending less time with certain people, we are forced to spend more time with others! But this sudden quantity of time doesn’t necessarily mean quality. …… Continue reading Living with Lemonade Instead of Lemons
There are bad things happening in the world right now. And yet, since that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, there have always been bad things happening in the world. We live in a world that has death and pain and disappointment. We live in a world where circumstances often make us sad or…… Continue reading Mournful Hope
I don’t know about you, but I want to do big things for the Lord. I feel called to serve and encourage others on His behalf. I have grandiose visions of things that I could do—the impact I could make. And yet…my constant reality always seems so much less significant than I want it to…… Continue reading The Value of A Lot
“Can I go to Grammy’s house and vacuum her stairs?” One of my boys asked me. “Well you could vacuum our stairs…” I reply, taking note of all the crushed leaves and sock lint littering the flight. “No…I just want to vacuum her stairs…can you text her to see if I can come over?” I…… Continue reading Who Owns It?
I was thinking the other day about the car accident I was in a couple of years ago. The collision, and subsequent concussion, came at a time in my life when I felt poised to do great things. My career was going well, I had 3 healthy kids, I was establishing a women’s ministry through…… Continue reading Drawn Back for a Purpose
“I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more” but “I don’t need to walk around in circles, walk around in circles, walk around in…” However, “these boots were made for walkin’—so that’s just what I’ll do!” For all 2 of you who understood those song references—congrats! For the rest of you, oh…… Continue reading Fear vs Faith: Why am I Walking?