You know those words that have been so overused they’ve nearly lost their meaning? They’ve been somehow merged with other terms we can’t even conjure a definition for. Nowhere is this more true than in the terms of the church. We can get lost in the flow of religious terms and bogged…(Read More)

I sat restless, my certainties from just hours before upended. Surrounded by coffee house chatter, the smell of roasting beans, and a sense that life was about to shift in a dramatic way, I poured out my heart on paper. The years and my choices had taken me far from God. My dreams, ambitions, they…(Read More)

A call to my husband in the late afternoon. I’m thinking about dinner and wondering what time he’ll be home. He asks me, “How’s your day been?” “Good,” I say. “Really, good!” I list off some of the things the kids and I have done. “But, you know, the best part about…(Read More)

Vision For The New Year

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There’s something about this week which lies between Christmas Day and New Year’s. For many, it feels like an “off” week…perhaps a different work schedule, the house in chaos trying to find homes for all the new treasures received, travels and family members in and out of the house. But, for me…(Read More)

The Scandalous Miracle

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He took the news like a punch in the gut, the breath shoved out of his lungs; his dream dying right before his eyes. How could she do this? He knew what the law demanded. But he couldn’t imagine being the one to abandon her to her certain fate: death beneath a heap of…(Read More)

Everyday Prodigal

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can be wasteful with my moments. I throw away the extravagant, the blessing, the inheritance to find myself sunk low. And it happens in an instant. The child whines; my temper flares. The so-called friend slanders me; bitterness takes root. Plans go awry; my flesh…(Read More)

God and the Waves

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God and the waves Terrifying. Soothing. Predictable patterns within incredible unpredictability. Each wave different, unique. Each move of God different, unique. Crashing waves roll in, never ceasing. Listen for the pounding presence A whisper, a roar Overwhelming and powerful. The awing invitation Filled with life and deep things unknown Draws me to put toes in…(Read More)

Brokenness doesn’t diminish your value. Brokenness means you have a story. Scars mean a wound you once had has been healed. Some scars do completely fade. But many remain, becoming a testimony themselves of where both wounding and healing have occurred. Being healed doesn’t always mean you’ll be flawless. The flaws give…(Read More)

Have you ever felt insecure? It’s something we all deal with and is often an ongoing battle we face as we attempt to live our lives with authenticity and courage. But if we stay in this place of insecurity, it eats away at our emotional health and, in fact, our very sense of identity…(Read More)

Are you inTENtional in your relationships with your children? Beneath the weight of living and day-to-day responsibilities, it’s so easy to stay in survival mode. We think it’s too hard…we aren’t doing enough…WE aren’t enough. I read an article a while back (forgive me for not remembering…(Read More)

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