Photo by Tim Douglas on Pexels.com I listened to Ashley Hales podcast, Finding Holy, the other day. Tish Warren Harrison, the guest, shared her desire to help the Church find a way, "...between capitulation and combativeness," in relating to those who see the world differently than they do. I'm always drawn to discussions about how … Continue reading Lessons from my marriage: Three practices to build compassion when we disagree
My sons are now sixteen and eighteen, but the days of bending over to care for their needs seems like it was just yesterday. The years I spent investing my life in theirs felt like a mix of chaos, cherished moments and sheer exhaustion at the time. My mothering isn’t over, it’s just entered another … Continue reading Bidding moms of young children to rest in the power of Christ
I didn't keep a journal during this pandemic. I wish I had. I find myself scrolling back through my iPhone calendar trying to figure out how many days we've been like this. Arizona "reopened" on May 15th. We're eight days into gyms, restaurants and many retail stores being open for business. But life is by … Continue reading Ecclesiastes and a Pandemic
When you shake a cup, what comes out reveals what's been in there all along. The global corona virus pandemic has brought out the suspicion, anger and conspiracy theories in many. I've been thinking about why so many of us are given to believing or promoting conspiracy theories. Folks who do so seem to be … Continue reading Conspiracy and 5 Christian Responses When Suspicions Rise
I've been married for over 26 years to a man I deeply love, a man who doesn't love Jesus with me. Through our hard marriage, God has helped me see the error of my ways and led me in better ways when it comes to loving my husband. This morning, one of the typical tests … Continue reading Learn from my mistakes
Yesterday at church my pastor taught through the story in Genesis where Jacob wrestles with "a man." Toward the end of the sermon he referred to the passage in Genesis 32: 9-12 where Jacob prays. And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your … Continue reading Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.
I don't speak the language I don't know their signs But I understand their reasons and I know what it feels like to eat, sleep and breathe pursuit of happiness. I remember and still feel the draw of that cancer, not yet fully eradicated in me. Something beats deeper something I can't explain because there … Continue reading Sojourning
You deserve my white-hot affection even when I'm numb. I believe, Help my unbelief!
You are not a well-oiled machine. You're a body with heart disease weak in the limbs and dim in the eyes. You're forgetful, and yet time and time again you look to the One who loves you with his life. You lift your head, revive your heart, strengthen your limp arms and take another step … Continue reading Church
I woke up this past Sunday feeling heavy, tired and unmotivated. And honestly, I wake up that way a lot. On the energy scale of Eeyore to Tigger, I'm a notch or two above Eeyore. And my goal when I wake up is to just make it to the coffee pot. There, I usually catch … Continue reading 3 Reasons I Got Up on Sunday