Control vs. Rest

Summer break is upon us: for some of us it's underway, for some of our kiddos we are in the final hours of throwing together last minute projects, remembering things like field day the day of the actual field day while we throw beach towels and water bottles at our kids as they run out... Continue Reading →

God is Good: All the Time.

I know, I know. If you've grown up in church, you know the deal. "God is Good" is meant to be followed up with "All the Time." We say it a lot, almost habitually. And yet... I think we sometimes forget what that means, what hope it gives, and why it matters (all the time... 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 →

2021: Stepping in Quietly

Maybe you've seen it too, but this week, a rapidly spreading meme caught my attention and made me chuckle. "No one claim 2021 as your year," it says. "We're going to step in real quietly. Don't make any noise. Don't. Touch. Anything." I laughed and shared it with a few friends. But, I haven't been... Continue Reading →

Advent 2020: Craving Hope

We all know the drill. It's not "culturally acceptable" to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving happens. We all roll our eyes when the trees come out in department stores before summer ends. We make jokes about skipping other holidays. While some of us wait with baited breath to press play on our Christmas playlists (minus... Continue Reading →

Digging Deep: Planning for Winter

Unlike my extra-extroverted husband, I am not someone who thrives in loud, busy spaces. I enjoy time to think. Quiet. The sounds of nature (if an ocean is involved in that sound, even better!). I don't need to be surrounded by a bunch of friends - though I keep a small, tight group especially close... Continue Reading →

Reflections of Growth

"2020." I have a feeling that when we look back on this particular year, many of us will have feelings. Big feelings. In fact, I believe many of us are experiencing them today differently than any of us ever have before. We've been faced with unprecedented situations - like a global pandemic - during a... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Plans

Lately, I've found myself in a place that I don't think I'm alone in. Things feel hard, and big, and - honestly - sort of scary. All of our situations look a little different. We have different concerns - whether they're related to making a mortgage or rent payment, the upcoming election, whether home, or... Continue Reading →

Building Up.

My heart is heavy today, friends. It's been a growing heaviness that I'm sure many of us have that's hard to even identify.When I find myself in places like this...I try to identify the cause. To search my heart and to hold fast to truth. In some ways, like many of us who call... Continue Reading →

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