Afraid to Cry

Crying is as natural and common as sneezing, yet we tend to avoid it, at least publicly, at all costs. Ever wonder why we instinctively try to hold back our tears? Why do we feel the need to apologize when tears overtake our ability to speak? Are we afraid of what tears might reveal aboutContinue reading “Afraid to Cry”

Fasting to Feasting—Lent as a Snapshot of the Christian Journey of Faith

If you’ve ever dabbled in photography (as it appears most of us have with our smartphones) or been the one with three cameras and a bag draped around your neck at a sporting event, you understand a photographer’s quest to capture the perfect snapshot. The shot that brings life into crystal clear focus while alsoContinue reading “Fasting to Feasting—Lent as a Snapshot of the Christian Journey of Faith”

The Deep and Hidden Gifts of Grief

Perhaps only a few who have endured the heavy hand of grief would ever consider it a gift. We give gifts because we are thankful, thoughtful, loving and kind. We give gifts to celebrate moments and milestones. Gifts surprise us, bless us and fill us with gratitude. So how could grief possibly be considered aContinue reading “The Deep and Hidden Gifts of Grief”

Help, I Have No Peace!

When my children were very young, I remember stepping outside for a moment to take a breath of fresh air and then crying out to God with an exhale of, “I have no peace!” While this may sound fairly common, yet quite relatable, to every mom of preschoolers, it was a profound moment of bothContinue reading “Help, I Have No Peace!”

Shelter-In-His-Presence

As a global society, we have become all too familiar with what it means to shelter-in-place. The multiple hyphens in this phrase alone remind us of seemingly never ending days quarantined at home—in one place. By definition, shelter-in-place is the act of seeking safety within the building one already occupies, rather than evacuating the area or seekingContinue reading “Shelter-In-His-Presence”

Pay Attention to How You Hear

What exactly makes a good listener? You might say it is someone who is compassionate, patient, and humble. Or maybe it has more to do with wisdom, life experience, and one’s ability to relate. Yet, perhaps the quality that makes the best kind of listener is the one who pays attention to how they hear.Continue reading “Pay Attention to How You Hear”

The Simple Truth About Anger and Stones

I was so mad that I just wanted to throw something. It was one of those days when nothing seemed to go right at work, then home, then I had to deal with that child—the one who pushes all the buttons. It wasn’t necessarily the one thing. It was all the things that allowed theContinue reading “The Simple Truth About Anger and Stones”

What Do You Give a Prodigal for Christmas?

Parenting is not for wimps. Just ask God. He wrote a whole Book about it. Parenting is the ultimate roller coaster ride with all its highs and lows, twists and turns, moments that take your breath away and moments you just want to throw up. It is the ride of your life as you co-create,Continue reading “What Do You Give a Prodigal for Christmas?”

Living in the ‘In Between’ of Darkness and Life

Have you ever had a deep truth hit you right between the eyes? A truth you have skimmed over before in Scripture, but because you could not see it, God just plants it in a place you cannot focus—smack in the furrowed brow between the windows to your soul. It is a moment during whichContinue reading “Living in the ‘In Between’ of Darkness and Life”

Is Our Relationship With Food a Sign of a Deeper Longing?

Are you aware that you have a relationship with food? Yes, food. A give and take, up and down, love and hate, daily interactive relationship with all things edible. We all have one. There is no escaping this relationship. We have to eat in order to live, so there is no breaking up with foodContinue reading “Is Our Relationship With Food a Sign of a Deeper Longing?”