family, God-sized Dreams, living well / 14.09.2016

I remember thinking, “When will things get back to normal?” I was a first-time mom, and our new baby boy was barely two weeks old. I can hear you snickering. My dream of becoming a momma had come true. But for all my years of wishing and praying and even my last nine months of planning, nothing had prepared me for the upheaval of “normal” that was coming with the birth of our first child. My naive yearning to take my baby and get back to normal was a delusion. Gradually, it was replaced with the sober yet hopeful reality that, after a period...

community, Compassion, family, living well / 07.09.2016

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ~Ephesians 6:11 "That's my verse," she said. It embodied the path she was walking. Choosing. Taking the light into a dark place. My good friend who had retired from the Air Force gave them to her the day after Em read the verse. And she has worn the boots into lots of dark places ever since. Playing music with her best friend/husband in bars. Praying with a roomful of models and walking runways. Boldly blasting churchy paradigms and teaching this woman a few new lessons about being salt and light. You should...

community, Compassion / 12.08.2016

I'm driving through the countryside near our home. The curvy back roads hug the base of the mountain ridge like a summer skirt. Centuries-old stone farmhouses stand framed by broad, green fields, lazy cattle, blue sky, and billowy clouds. My pulse slows. Shallow breaths find the fullness that has evaded them for days. My heart and mind settle in the peaceful rest only such beauty offers. I talk to God and sing, and I'm overwhelmed by His great love and faithfulness. My trip takes me through a small town. As I approach, my heart begins to sink. The surrounding beauty grows dim...

living well / 27.07.2016

"As soon as I stepped foot on the beach, I could feel the stress melt away." My freshly tanned friend looks like she's just returned from vacation. Her golden skin gives it away, but there's something else too. The tension in her face and body is gone, and her eyes come to life as she describes her family's short getaway. Our conversation continues, as we discuss what it is about vacation that makes life so enjoy-able and how we might bring some of the vacation lifestyle home. We may not be able to bottle the ocean's negatively charged ions, but I believe we can harness some...

living well / 18.07.2016

Well here we are again. It's Monday, and you and your planner are raring to go! As you sit sipping your coffee and ready to wrangle this week into hour-by-half-hour-order with your strategies and pencil in hand, give me your ear for just a minute. I promise I won't take long. I know how important world domination is. But hear me. It's just a Monday. There's nothing too significant about it. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and even Saturday and Sunday are all pretty similar. They're septuplets with the same twenty-four hour DNA. I get that Monday wants a plan. She's Type A like that. All...

community, Compassion, living well, unity / 14.07.2016

What would it look like? Imago Dei. What would it look like if we really lived like we truly believed that? Every human being created in the image of God. Every. Single. One. Including that guy that just cut you off in traffic. The boss that is intent on making your every day miserable. The child that is breaking your heart. Again. The former friend that is doing her best to ruin your reputation. The church member that rubs you up and down and every which wrong way. Your political opponents (now we're getting personal). That dishonest business that's trying to rip you off and winning. Your negligent landlord. Your obnoxious, scary neighbor. Your...