Four Steps to Cultivating Faith

I have a mountain to move. Maybe you do to. My mountain is daunting and I feel paralyzed at times when I think about how I’m going to get up and over it. Maybe yours is daunting too. Your mountain may resemble mine or it may be something completely different. In fact, I may have…

Broken Love (Part Two)

As I took my dad to his final oncology appointment, I could sense the nervousness. I wanted the walls I had built up to fall and I wanted to be brave enough to love my dad as Jesus has loved me. Voskamp explains: “[be] brave enough to lay your heart out there to be broken,…

Broken Love (Part One)

After my dad went home to be with Jesus on May 6th, 2018, I came home and went straight to the box that held all of our family pictures. The collection of photos of my dad was small and pictures of me with my dad was even smaller (that makes me sad just writing that)….

Sharing Life Over Coffee

Percolating around in my heart and mind is the thought of how we all love broken. Letting our expectations of what we hope, think or want, inform our relationships only to be disappointed when they don’t meet up to those expectations is what’s been brewing. As it relates to my relationship with my dad, I’ve…

Join Me

Hey Everyone! Working on the next blog post titled “Broken Love” and how we all love broken, but I’m taking a break from writing and twenty million other things to update you all on a few things and ask you to join me in something that has been bubbling up from my heart. First the…

Three Steps to Conquering the Worry Cycle

Had a conversation recently with a young woman who was struggling with worry and the physical consequences of anxiety. As she shared, I could relate because I have lived it and I know it well. I know how worry keeps me from thinking and feeling rightly, which then puts me into an anxious state, which then perpetuates the worry…

He Loves Me: Grasping How Loved You Are By God

Ever played he loves me, he loves me not growing up? Plucking petals and hoping that the last petal would seal your future in love? Have you ever played this game with God’s love? Isn’t that what we do when we really don’t understand the depth of the love that God has for us? When…

Pulling the Curtain on 2017

  I don’t think I have ever had a year like 2017. A lot of tears, fears, and unknowns that required a deep dive into what it means and looks like to trust God through the 365 days of highs and lows. The greatest high of 2017 was meeting our first granddaughter Brooklyn. The hardest…

I Cried

My eyes let go. Tears rolling out onto my early morning face. Just a few minutes before the roll out, my phone had alerted me to an incoming text message. Suspecting family (they’re the only ones who would text so early) I was surprised when the sender was a friend I hadn’t seen or talked…

I’ve Been Here Before

When I was 10  or 11 years old, my best friend Karen and I took off on her Schwinn Stingray to head down the hill to my house. I don’t remember why I took the banana seat and she sat in the U shaped handlebars but that’s how we began our adventure. Shortly into our…