In the Middle of Yielding Control

Last week I was listening to a beautiful song called “Remember Me as a Time of Day” by Explosions in the Sky and someone asked me what time of day I was. I said that I was the dark night of the soul. I recently texted three people that although […]

Choosing to Embrace Sabbath Rest

Last year I did a Bible study by Priscilla Shirer about Sabbath rest called Breathe. It was a wonderful book that I hated because it convicted me in so many ways. Seriously. I barely finished it, because it just kept hitting me in the gut over and over again. Have […]

When Compassion is Hard

Have you seen the article floating around Facebook about the woman who helped a man who pooped in a grocery store? I think it happened in my town, y’all. I’m not kidding. I am member of a neighborhood group page. Some time ago, someone posted about a person who had […]

Hiding my Inner Human

Often as a service to others, I try to be Wonder Woman and hide my inner human. My inner human vs. Wonder Woman My inner human can be quite a force to reckon with. She is selfish and shy. Quick-tempered and obstinate. She generally feels out of control and wants […]

What I Learned While I Served Silently

Two years ago, I began serving inside a juvenile detention center, (after being vetted through references and finger-printed, photographed and LIVE SCANNED at the Sheriff’s Office), because I want the kids who come for Friday night church to know God sees them and God hears them. I want to say, […]

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 […]

Letting Jesus Spill into your Serving

Every Sunday and Wednesday I serve in the children’s ministry. There is no “swapping weeks” with anyone. We don’t miss unless we just have to. Every. Single. Week. And I love it, but we often get asked how we don’t just burn out. And the honest answer is that we […]

Service as an Act of Gratitude

I have always enjoyed serving. As a child and through my college years my motivation behind serving centered around whether or not it made me feel good. It was less about the one I served and more about me. I helped in the nursery because I loved babies, I did […]

Learning to embrace my creativity

“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” -Brene’ Brown My in-laws bought me a sewing machine as a surprise present for my thirtieth birthday. I went along with the excitement of the moment, but I wasn’t at all feeling genuinely thrilled. I’m super crafty, but before […]