Spiritual Journey: When it’s time to step out on faith.

You’ll never feel ready. There’s never going to be a better time. There are no guarantees in this life. But you can count on the Truth: a step into the unknown for God leads into the Light you’re longing for. What’s stopping you? My son likes to look at the stats of my Unite in Prayer […]

Finding beauty in the messiness of life

Who can take credit for the glamor of untamed wilderness? Meandering rivers, tangled forests, infinite shades of wildflower… I love how lavishly our Creator tosses seeds and allows them to grow freely. There’s something gorgeous about the messiness of life. If God wanted to, He could create a world full of structure and order. Instead, He created […]

Are you open to receiving help from angels?

Lately, my eight-year-old son has been reading piles of children’s books about saints. I love seeing him gravitate towards wanting to learn more about God. I want all of my boys to fall in love with Jesus like their dad and I have. The other night, he showed me a story he’d read about St. […]

There’s only one true source for living waters

In the shower the other day as the water went from lukewarm to cool to cold. Instead of accepting the reality of the broken water heater situation, I kept torturing myself by leaning into the cold water, waiting to see if the problem would magically fix itself – it didn’t. I think this relates to […]

Growing in spiritual maturity

When I first sensed the marvel of Your presence in my heart, I was drawn like a child to a carnival ride. I perceived Your power and imagined You’d take me further and faster – exactly where I wanted to go, I said yes. Years of wholehearted yeses later, I’ve learned that the richness of […]

When you’re under pressure

One hundred miles beneath the surface of this planet, it takes 2,200 degrees of heat and 725,000 pounds of pressure to forge a diamond, which must be pushed up to the surface through volcanic eruptions to finally be discovered and treasured by humans beings. In our fast-paced society, it’s easy to forget our souls are like […]

How to be bully proof

How can we protect ourselves from a world of criticism and cruelty? I think the answer is simple: We need to be happy with who we are. When we’re truly confident, for the most part, bullies leave us alone. And when they do choose to put us down, their insults pour off of us like water […]

When you’re in darkness

Until you have the courage to enter darkness, You can’t bring the light. We think it’s the end of the world when we suffer, but the Truth is: God gives us opportunities to illuminate the shadows with His love. Isn’t that what you wanted all along? Didn’t you pray to be of service? Didn’t your […]

Stay open to possibilities

Sometimes we’re like dry earth cracking, parched and waiting for rain to fall from the skies- we can’t make it happen. All we can do is ache and hang on, gazing up to the heavens- praying for better days. I’m here to encourage you: the deluge will come at the perfect time- just don’t give […]

Just let it go

Here it is, Lord – I have one last thing to give you, and I’m finally ready. I’ve been clutching it heavy to my chest for so long that I started to think it was part of who I am. But I finally realize, it’s just a rain cloud- and I’m the vast openness beyond- […]