Sometimes Dreams Don’t Come True

Sometimes dreams don’t come true. Now all of the optimists and encouragers shake in their seats, wanting desperately to tell me there is still time, that my dreams might come true, that I should not give up. And they are right. All of you are right. I’m not quitting, but I am acknowledging the ... [Read More]

It was a “Jesus Take the Wheel” Kind Of Summer

I didn’t drive for a month. I never thought it would bother me to give up the wheel. It didn’t even cross my mind until we headed to church the night before my flight to Honduras. My husband drove, and I would ride a bus to the airport and then I would be in Honduras for a month. I'd not drive unt ... [Read More]

There Are Some Things I’m Never Going to Finish

There are some things I will never finish. Reading. I may finish a book, but there is always another book, another poem, another play or blog or essay collection. Writing. I always have more stories to tell. And some days I feel like I will never finish writing the stories I have already ... [Read More]

I’m Going to Finish

I started college the fall after my high school graduation. I completed two semesters and then got married, moved to another state, and had a baby. Alrighty then. Plans change, right? We take detours. We trip, fall and get back up again. That’s what I did. When my oldest son was just over a year o ... [Read More]

Evangelism sometimes uses words

It is my last day in Honduras. I’m sitting on the back porch of Clinica de Esperanza. Around me, people are digging and planting, moving dirt and piling rocks. I’m thinking about the word “evangelism.” I used to think evangelism was all about talking (the cliché phrase: I’d like to tell you abo ... [Read More]

The Kingdom of God is like an Applebee’s

The kingdom of God is like an Applebee’s. No, really, hear me out. I was in my mid-twenties. My oldest son was about to start kindergarten. We were short on cash, and I needed to get a job. I needed evening shifts, hours when my husband was home to parent without me. But I was tired of working re ... [Read More]

Sometimes serving looks like an airport

Sometimes serving looks like an airport. I’ve been joking about a blog titled: Things You Wouldn’t Know Missionaries Do It includes stuff like counting money, counting a lot of money, counting more money, making phone calls, replying to text messages in two languages, taking dictation, sitting in g ... [Read More]

Chasing My Dreams When the Years Are Long

I’ve been learning Spanish for a while now. I’ve been teaching myself steadily since August of 2015, but off and on for a few years before that. I’ve made a lot of progress and also very little, according to your standard of measurement. We managed to piece together enough to share. Recently, I got ... [Read More]

How Motherhood is Teaching Me to Trust Others

I love to learn. Back when I homeschooled, my main goal was to teach my kids one thing: Learning is fun. Once someone realizes it can be fun to learn new things, they keep going. They learn more. They try harder and dig deeper and go for the gold. Who knows what they will learn, but God uses ... [Read More]

How Do I Return to Abiding in God?

I go to the dentist. A lot. Weak teeth are a genetic trait in my family. I could go into all of the detail of my mouth and how I have landed my own time share at dental offices, but it’s pretty boring stuff. Suffice it to say, I spend a lot of quality time with my dentist. I have had good d ... [Read More]

5 Ways I Am Learning to Abide

The word “abide” is stalking me. It keeps coming up in Scripture, in the book I am reading (The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning), and other places. I have not been very good at abiding this year. There was a time I thought of myself as a contemplative. Last week, a friend sent me an i ... [Read More]