Can We Embrace Weakness?

Child of weakness watch and pray, find in me thine all in all... The other day the beloved song with these lyrics popped up on random shuffle as I was driving in the car. I've heard it a thousand times. But this time it struck me, it hit my heart so hard that I restarted... Continue Reading →

Living On Mission: Relationships Matter

A few weeks ago, my phone rang. A dear friend was on the other line. "Hey there" I said, expecting the typical light hearted response that usually follows. "What's going on with your tribe?!" I heard instead. "What?!" I responded? "Your tribe!" my friend said, "I just saw a prominent evangelical on CNN, you all... Continue Reading →

The Relief in Surrender

When's the last time you just took the time to breathe? The type of breathing that's deep and full... fulfilling even? I thought I did it regularly. In fact, after the whirlwind that is a day spent working full time from home with five kids, there are many nights I plop down on the couch... Continue Reading →

The Anchor Holds

When darkness seems to hide His faceI rest on His unchanging graceIn every high and stormy galeMy anchor holds within the veil... I've sung this song a million times. Maybe not, but growing up in church, you get the gist. We were in the pews for Sunday morning, the tiniest of seats for Sunday School... Continue Reading →

How We Process: How He Loves

When I go silent, it usually means I'm processing something. Sometimes, it's obvious to me and everyone around me, at least those who are close. Sometimes I'm not even sure what's happening. However, in times when things are different, or they feel big, I often get quiet. I need time to reflect in order to... Continue Reading →

Even in the Hurt

What. A. Year. 2020 was hard for a lot of families. I'm not downplaying it. We saw some heartbreak in our own family at the end of the year with the loss of my uncle from COVID. But, until that point, while there was a lot more "togetherness" than we bargained for, we were -... Continue Reading →

Lightening Their Loads

"Mom, I miss people," my 10-year-old who loves alone time and video games shared with me the other day. My heart suddenly felt heavy. You see, at the beginning of the pandemic, it was easy to think optimistic, to make plans, and to explain how staying home meant protecting those we love. Yes, we see... Continue Reading →

Hope in Grief: Loving in Hurt

It's interesting. So many of us hoped for a new start in 2021... something different than 2020. In our community, our very near community, it has definitely been different, though not in the way we hoped. On January 6, John and I watched the news covertly - DC is our semi/upcoming home and it's not... Continue Reading →

Edge of my Seat

Here it is. We've said goodbye to 2020. And we're ushering in a new year. While we've all made lots of comments and jokes about not being so sad to see 2020 go, I don't think any of us expects a new world when we walk out our doors during this first week of 2021.... Continue Reading →

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