Hanging in to the Finish

By the time this post gets published, I will have likely had a baby. Oh God, please let that be true. But today, as I sit at my computer with my feet up on the desk, I’m 8 months along and feeling huge and uncomfortable. I have to go to the bathroom all the live-long day. Everything makes me c ... [Read More]

Life: The Sublime and the Mundane

The day I got married was my all-time favorite day. Sure, I went a little nuts with the hot glue gun in the weeks leading up to the big event, making over-the-top bird cage centerpieces. And yes, there were tears I vowed I'd never cry about things like booking the band and the catering menu. ... [Read More]

What Does It Mean to Be Kind in a Raging World?

I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to be kind. As we get deeper and deeper into this intense political season where passions run high and tempers are quick to flare, I’ve heard a number of people imploring us all to be kind. It seems like good advice on its surface. I strongly believe my ... [Read More]

How to Say the Kindest No

True confession: I really like to say yes. When someone asks me for something, I always want to give them what they want. Saying “yes” makes me feel important and needed. My friend Stephanie calls it “Oprahing”: You get a yes. And you get a yes. And you get a yes. Yeses for everyone! All thi ... [Read More]

When Learning Feels Like Failing

Learning looks a lot like failing right now. Like when I tried to teach a new song to kids at our church's VBS program last month. I hadn't practiced the motions before I started and ended up tripping myself and tumbling dramatically to the carpet. Much to the delight of the assembled ... [Read More]

Feeling Lonely Is Not the Same as Being Alone

For someone who's never alone, feeling lonely happens way more than one might think. I'm raising two toddlers, so on any given day there's a lot of cuddling and carrying and breaking up wrestling matches. I work part-time at a church, where I lead Bible studies, meet with women and use shared ... [Read More]

What I Pray for my Children

I want a lot for my kids. I want happy days playing in the sunshine and the chance to for them to learn to ride a bike. I want memories made by the pool on long summer afternoons and the joy of conquering winter’s biggest sledding hill. More importantly, I want them to develop in all the right ... [Read More]

What if I tell Jesus what I really want?

Sometimes I pray for what's right, instead of what's real. Like right now – I hope my good friend who is fighting cancer will be healed, but I don't know whether God will do it so instead of praying for healing, I pray that God's will be done. And I would love to know what the timeline is for c ... [Read More]

There is No Fear in Love

Lately I feel like I’ve been playing whack-a-mole with fear. It pops up in the strangest spots and as soon as I’ve put it to rest, here it comes again, showing itself in a place I wouldn’t expect it. Like at Bible study last week, when I was supposed to be listening to a video about prayer, I f ... [Read More]

Insanity or Bravery?

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think it might be brave. Like so many friends of mine, I’m embracing the new year as a chance to start fresh with goals relating to health and fitness. Throwing out the potato ... [Read More]