The Importance of Connection

I can count on maybe three fingers the number of times I’ve been without immediate family at Christmas. This year will be the third. My father will be in Florida, and my daughter is traveling abroad with a group from her college. It is such an easy opportunity to tell others you’ll be fine when […]


Remembering God is There Beginning & End

Can you remember a time, or several, when you’ve wondered how you could possibly get through a trial in your life? How you’d get through every step you’d have to take to possibly come out on the other side? And do so victoriously – however, that looks for you. And during this time, during a […]


31:25 Keeping Scripture In Our Hearts

I have tattoos. None that I regret. All that have meaning to me. One symbolizes inner beauty. Another represents losing my mother to breast cancer. Another is an Italian word that symbolizes a 40-plus-year friendship with my best friend. I have a semi-colon, the symbol for suicide awareness. The word Grace. The word Hope. A […]


Forced Stillness,
Deeper Breaths

Have you ever been fully stopped, and forced to slow down in your life? To sit so still that your mind, body, and soul relent completely? When you were forced to rest so hard that you had no choice but to cave? To release? To give up both control and power? Nothing did that more […]


Seasons…and How to Not Judge Them

Do you ever feel the quote, “Never judge someone based on a season” could be your own life advice? Or just something you have to remember to repeat to yourself when you feel called to point out another person’s behavior or decisions? The kind of judgment that is based on what people might notice about […]


Following His Calling…
Despite the Falls

It’s funny, and we usually laugh and joke about it when we read it – “When God put a calling on your life He already factored in your stupidity.” And we say, “Whew, thank goodness for that, right?” and then discuss every part of our lives He has already factored in – even if just […]


Learning to Keep Value, Worth in His Hands

Lately, I have been putting my value and worth into the wrong hands. I’ve been looking for accolades through various areas of my life – specifically, from people in my life – and forgetting who I live for, and what I strive to accomplish. How often do we put our identity into what others think? […]


Compassion, Outreach Needed
for Those with Mental Health Struggles

If you’re reading this, and you’re hurting, you need to know you’re not alone. That there is a God who loves you more than any pain you feel. Even when you feel that empty, that isolated. That numb. When all you can do is stare blindly at a wall. At a muted television. Or swiping […]


Remaining Obedient When You Feel God’s Pull

For months, I had felt a pull. A pull, knowing God was at work in my life. That change was coming. That something was developing, and all I had to do – or could do – was sit and wait. And obey. But really, just wait and trust. Because I knew searching for this change […]


When God’s Absence Helps You See Clearly

I stood at my sister’s memorial service six years ago, having not spoken to God for the several days following her death. The anger was too much. The hurt, the pain, the rawness. Two days after her passing, I literally held out my hand in a darkened bedroom when all I could feel around me […]