Life Has a Way of Getting in the Way of Living

I’m a sucker for 90’s chick flicks. So when a friend invited me over to avoid a normal day’s responsibilities, to make fancy food the kids won’t touch, and veg on the couch in between courses with the Runaway Bride, how could I resist? A problem with commitment In case […]

Remembering to Praise in Hard Times

My husband and I recently attended the funeral of a friend who battled breast cancer for three years. Another friend’s wife is celebrating remission. Our niece was diagnosed with the same cancer in March. She has two young daughters. My heart breaks to see what she is going through. “I […]

Why I Regret Ignoring God’s Voice That Day

One of my toddler’s favorite bathtime games is to lie back in the tub with her ears under the water and shout, “I can’t hear you!” Never mind that if I ask her, “can you hear me now?” she answers “no.” Uh huh, sure you can’t hear me, cutie pie. […]

Why It’s Important To Fail Once In A While

It was a slide-down-the-wall-and-sob kind of morning. It didn’t matter that the chair railing stuck out far enough to hit every vertebra on the way to the floor … I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it, and in a sick sort of way the dull pain helped […]

When You’re Hurt by Other Women

7:45 a.m. It was the same time every day when my Volkswagen Tiguan would pull out of the garage and start its trek down the driveway. I pulled down the sun visor to shield my eyes from the early morning glare that hit the uneven black pavement. When describing that […]

Call Me Ms. Controlled Chaos

Checkmate. After almost 28 years of marriage my husband will not play chess with me because I do not play five moves ahead. I live more in the moment. The funny thing is – sometimes I win because it is so unexpected! Of course, chaos predictably does not always turn […]

How Doubt Shapes Our Faith

I was thinking recently about the phrase “used by God.” It often comes loaded with expectations. Sometimes that pressure comes from external forces: church leaders, Christian websites, our own past experiences, etc., and sometimes the pressure comes from within. The little voice telling us we’re not being useful to God unless […]