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 […]

Preparing A.K.A. Procrastination

Prepare. I played with the word in my head. Sometimes laughing out loud at my clear inability to prepare for some things, and then ferociously crying at my clear inability to prepare for some things. I know the dictionary definition for “prepare,” but the more I defined what it meant […]

Loving the Unloveable

We’ve all had them. That person in our life who is difficult to love. Let’s call them our crazy uncle (dear uncles if you are reading this know this is not about you, I promise). They create moments in life where loving is hard. Have you been there? Maybe a […]

Baby Steps

Step 8: Make a list of all persons we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. My son My husband Step 9: Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I skipped a week. I did […]

Keeping Score

I’m having a hard time with 1 Corinthians 13 these days. You know it. The “love” chapter. “Love is patient, Love is kind…and so on.” You’ve heard it at weddings. Some of you, like me, learned it as a child. It’s printed on t-shirts and on mugs. It’s the beautiful […]

A Mantra for the Stubborn

“Restore to me the Joy of Your Salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” I’ve been mumbling that almost like a mantra for a few days now. It’s just one of those tough seasons. I try to mean it when I mumble it, but sometimes I’m stubborn and I […]

For the days you’ve lost your cape…

So I’ve had a week.  A poo poo party on me kinda week.  All I could think, as I was depleted and done with all things adult, was that I wish that I was a super hero. Right?  Isn’t that what you think when the world is against you?  I […]

Embracing the Character of Old Scars

So this month’s theme has had me thinking of two things… sheep and antique furniture. Yeppers, you read that right!! There is a connection… oddly enough… bear with me. Growing up, we had an antique store. As a kiddo and young adult, it was a normal everyday event to ride […]