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 […]

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 […]

The To Be List: Living Fully from Within

From the moment my feet hit the ground in the morning, I’m on the go. Being “Mommy” consumes much of my waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours. Then there’s my contract work, ministry commitments and the everyday stuff of life. My days are full of good things to be done, with […]

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 […]

How I’m Learning to Be a Peacemaker

If you were to ask me what the one thing is I seek lately, my answer would be peace. Internally, the past year has seen me struggle with faith, relationships, my past and my identity. I’m sure some would call this a “mid-life crisis” and perhaps they would be right. […]

A Home That Has Been with Me All the Time

I don’t remember how home feels. There’s always just the longing and the missing. There are hints in place, in cities and countries where something gnaws at the inside of my heart. Even so, in those places there is no stability, no consistency, no home. Home is where the heart […]

7 Ways I Have Learned to Measure the Hard to Measure

Have you arrived? Have you learned everything you need to know in order to lead a successful life?  Yeah, right. I think the only people who would boldly answer this with a resounding yes are all the sassy tweens in this world. The rest of us know … When 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. […]

The Complexity and Simplicity of Grace

One of the best things about being in the military are the fun weekend marriage retreats. Last year my soldier and I went to a beautiful resort in Tucson, AZ, with a handful of his fellow soldiers and their spouses. Over the course of the weekend, the topic came up […]