You Are a Gift in Hard Times

I sit across from her in a mostly empty restaurant. We’ve been friends for a while, and I know her story. I know of the pain and upheaval of her childhood and early adult life. I know of the hard places she’s endured in raising her boys, and in keeping her marriage alive. I am […]

Inspire: Master of Life

“…before the gods I will sing your praise.” Psalm 138:1b   Our schedules are full these days. We drive kids. We help spouses. We shuffle paperwork. We make houses. We make money. We study words. We share laughs. We fill calendars. We make lists. We put numbers next to them. We rank their importance. We […]

Two Things I Learned From My Mother

Their cards line the mantel, and sweet memories of another Mother’s Day are now tucked within my heart. I’m glad to be a their mother. Glad for every moment and memory we’ve gathered together through the years. My heart is crowded with love for them, and I thank God that it is. But there’s another […]

Inspire: When You Doubt–It’s Ok!

“He who has ears, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15   Living by faith and not by sight can have its moments of questioning. When we don’t see the answers to our prayers or when the worst happens instead of the best, we can sit in the doubt instead of rejoice in the trust. And that’s […]

Why Today Is Better Than Yesterday

Spring is my new favorite season. I’ve fallen in love with its scents, and sights, and how it tells fresh stories of nature’s renewal. Every day, blossoms get bigger, trees grow taller, and leaves sprout greener, as they seem to speak a singular message… Today is better than yesterday. Today, nature stands sturdier, and fuller, […]

Inspire: Incomparable Love!

“And I pray that you…grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” Ephesians 3:17-18   In our language, in our culture, love is thrown around quite a bit. I can tell you these truths for me– I love popcorn and pizza. I love a soft blanket. I love my family. […]

When You’re Afraid to Be Fragile

Fragile. It’s a word I’ve been paying a lot of attention to lately. See, the truth is, I’m going through a season where I feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually fragile. It’s a hard thing to confess. To admit your strength is wavering, and nothing feels firm, and it all makes you a little afraid. Because […]

God Loved Hitler

“I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:10   It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that God loves those who do evil. That He loves the gang members that have killed my friends. That He loves the […]