Because of Jesus I descended down the steep staircase. The darkness of the basement hid me enough so I could blend into the background of the group. In a room full of high schoolers you can’t fully escape the scrutiny of clothes and looks but I felt safe enough to take my seat in the circle of folding chairs. Each chair had been thoughtfully placed side by side to form a space to ... Read More
Embracing your Calling, Community, and Challenges.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20 Week after week you sit in church on Sundays and listen to your pastor admonish you to make disciples. You know the importance of ... Read More
Let me ask you this, what are your immediate thoughts when you hear the word, obedience? I'll wait while you think on this for a moment. I admit the word itself doesn't gently roll off my tongue with a-kind-of-lightness or sweet melody. When I say the word, obedience, it drops out of my mouth with a heavy thud. Unexciting, stuffy, rigid and commanding. When I think of the word obedience ... Read More
My feet felt heavy. They fell hard on the pavement. My pace slowed as my straining grew greater. My playlist didn’t help matters. Slow meaningful music didn’t exactly help me pick-up-the-pace. I hadn't been running as frequently and my legs were telling me to slow down and take it easy. Discouragement set-in as negative thoughts ran rampant through my mind, Why can’t I stay on ... Read More
Putting words to grief only makes them fall short. Grief can’t be explained nor fully understood. She is an uninvited guest that we are forced to let into the homes of our souls. She floods every room -- drowning us in our most honest moments. There are words I still wanted to say. There are memories I still wanted to make. But we are only given today. Peace is hard to find because ... Read More
I started my day with a quick 30 minute run before my kids woke up. My day would officially begin with camp drop-off. My writing time awaited me on the other side of drop-off. With my four kiddos taken care of, I relished in the rarity of a couple hours to myself. I pulled into a parking place at my favorite coffee shop. I let out a deep breath. I'm here. After the hustle and bustle ... Read More