The Purpose of Pain

The Purpose of Pain

A few years ago I decided to take up running. Now, I should preface this with the fact that I despise all exercise. It is simply a necessary evil which I begrudgingly comply with for the sake of heart health and my skinny jeans. Anyhoo… When I first began jogging through my neighborhood I was … Continue reading

When You Wonder if the Wounds Will Heal

When You Wonder if the Wounds Will Heal

I know that God is authoring my story, but oh, these last few chapters … Unexpected hurt, unanswered questions, and the pain of being misunderstood. God said there would be mountains and valleys on this journey and while I’ve often been eager for a detour—some quiet cavern to crawl into and hide—He promised to keep … Continue reading

When You Don’t Know What to Say

When You Don’t Know What to Say

When I was a little girl my parents used to warn me, “think before you speak.” I’ll chalk the admonition up to the unhindered speech of a child, but nevertheless, it was repeated enough that it stuck. Whether the eagerness of youth or the pitfalls of heightened emotion, it’s fair to assume that every one … Continue reading

Summertime: Where You Can Find Me

Summertime: Where You Can Find Me

Dear friends, Firstly, I love that a few of you have personally reached out in various forms to see if I’m still alive. The fact that you read my words is honestly such a gift. The fact that you watch and wait for them – even miss them – is a gift of extraordinary measure. … Continue reading

Joy in Freedom (A Guest Post)

Joy in Freedom (A Guest Post)

I’m a rule-follower, the quintessential say-what-I-do, do-what-I-say girl. I thrive on order, tidy boundaries, and well-laid plans. In the practicalities of day-to-day life, my Type-A personality and patterns suit me just fine. The problem with all my orderly rules is that we live in an unorderly world. “Things” don’t always go my way – our … Continue reading

Is God Still Good?

Is God Still Good?

I came bounding down the stairs on Sunday morning, patting myself on the back for being only five minutes late for our appointed time to leave for church. As my husband rounded the corner and met me at the bottom, I prepared myself for his sweet, but somewhat sarcastic, “Ready?” Instead, the first word out … Continue reading

Remember Wonder

Remember Wonder

I find it entirely no coincidence that God would give me these words today—on a Wednesday smack dab in the middle of the week—on June 1st, smack dab in the middle of the year. And while the middle doesn’t always feel as sweet as the beginning, today, the middle is right where God needed me … Continue reading

When You Can, But Shouldn’t.

When You Can, But Shouldn’t.

This is the tale of a lesson learned the hard way—and you know how fun those are. Our story begins with a heap of good intentions. Someone (far craftier than you) appeals to your nature to please (everyone in the universe), and convincingly pleads that you (they know better) should lead the way. The fate … Continue reading

When “Still” Feels Like a Threat

When “Still” Feels Like a Threat

When my son was an infant needing calming, I’d cradle him close and gently tap a steady rhythm on his tiny back. Paired with a repeated whispered “shush” it was said to mimic the sounds of the womb and a mother’s heartbeat, lulling my sweet one back to rest. I can hear the Lord’s “shush” … Continue reading