Find a way to do what you loved as a child

At my son’s recent field trip to a literary festival, one of the speakers said “the happiest adults are those, who find a way to do what they loved as a child.” This caught my attention because after ten years of being a stay-at-home mom, I sent my baby to kindergarten this fall. I’m in […]

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 […]

Life’s work

We need more brave souls, who are willing to undertake the radical migration from the safety of their heads into the wilderness of their hearts. Don’t worry, I’m not advocating for you to lose your mind- I just want you to know that thinking only travels so far. There’s an ethereal world out there that […]

The hard part

Did you notice how violently the tractor pulverizes the soil before planting? Before they can ever dream of feeding people, seeds need a soft place to grow. We want to nourish others with God’s love, but we aren’t willing to be treated like He was. It’s all part of the process.  

beauty beyond brokenness

The Empathy Journey

I prayed for wisdom and got sorrow instead. Funny after all these years to finally realize she was the best gift God could have given me at the time. She followed me around like a puppy dog, only she walked too slow and didn’t know how to play. And believe me, she wasn’t cute or […]

Your broken heart can be your breakthrough

 You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. -John 16:20 Out of difficulties grow miracles. -Jean de La Bruyère Who longs for suffering? Only the saints. Rather than welcome sorrow, most of us would do anything to avoid it. When pain sneaks into our hearts like a Trojan horse anyway, we may start to notice […]