Learning to See God Is Bigger Still

August has arrived, my friends, and with it comes the annual game of tug-o-war in my heart. Part of me longs to hold onto the slower summer days when my family doesn’t live and breathe by the calendar app on my phone. I want to stay up late watching movies […]

What I learned about prayer while getting in my steps

The changes at the gym disorient me. My favorite elliptical stepper is not where I left it two days ago. It used to be right in front of a bank of TVs allowing me to be properly entertained during my workout. Now it sits in front of the plate glass window overlooking […]

How Weeding A Labyrinth Helped Me Learn to Pray Better

There are many positions of prayer. From my latest and this humble position, I was given the opportunity to learn to pray better–more focused, more effectively. Several years ago a local church in my area built an outdoor prayer labyrinth. Later I learned it was an Eagle Scout project by one of […]

Living a Life of Faith is Like a Balancing Act

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Psalm 46: 1-3 My four-year-old is a great swimmer. He knows […]

Learning to Embrace the Chaos that is My Life

My morning began at 5AM when my husband’s alarm clock went off. I kissed him goodbye as he hurried out the door for an early morning appointment, hushing my anxious dogs and rolling over to go back to sleep. I awoke again at 6:45 when my messy-haired tot appeared at […]

What if Hoping Isn’t Healthy?

What if hoping isn’t healthy? The question has been rolling around my brain the last few months. My husband and I started trying for another baby almost two years ago. Last fall we were excited to finally be told we were expecting. Heartbreakingly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage and again […]

Why My Family Is Thriving in a Small Home

Four years ago, I set out on a mission. I wanted to avoid excess. I finished reading Jen Hatmaker’s book, Seven, and longed for a simpler way of life. I prayed and prayed as I made decisions regarding items and habits needing to be dumped by the wayside. After God […]

How Do I Return to Abiding in God?

I go to the dentist. A lot. Weak teeth are a genetic trait in my family. I could go into all of the detail of my mouth and how I have landed my own time share at dental offices, but it’s pretty boring stuff. Suffice it to say, I spend […]

How I Found Myself in a Big Adventure I Never Planned

“ Would you like to go ahead and register for it?” My heart skipped a beat. Immediately stumbling right on into a black hole of what if’s. It was already Thursday afternoon. I didn’t have that kind of money laying around. The class was two days, out of town, so […]

Scared or Not, I’m Still Up For an Adventure

I love, love, love the idea of new experiences and am always up for an adventure. At least once a month I try to talk my husband into moving to Alaska or abroad for a year, just to experience a new way of life. When an acquaintance told me about […]