it’s just a muffin

I could feel it happening… There has been so much on my mind lately and this morning I wanted to spend time journaling my feelings since so many things were running through my head. I was ready to let all the emotions spill out on the paper and really feel some of this instead of […]

attitude is everything

I’m not a fan of the cliché, “attitude is everything.” For years I thought there must be something wrong with me because I couldn’t just “decide” to have a better attitude. It may have looked like it on the outside but in truth, on the inside I was in turmoil because I couldn’t control people […]

i wonder

It has been a year of TRY. For the past few years, I have chosen a theme word and 2017 was the year for me to try things that I was afraid to attempt. Many things have been tried, some successfully and others not so successfully. Jobs were applied to, dance classes were attended, 5k’s […]

just weird

Sitting on the cushioned bench next to my son, I feel a bit conspicuous. The pew is mostly empty and only six rows from the front, so most of the people in the chapel are behind us. Before long, my other boy slips in beside me. One look at him and I feel even more […]

why not ask

Asking for help has never been my strong suit. Needing help left me vulnerable to ridicule and meant I was too stupid to figure it out on my own, so I always just did my best to figure out the answers by myself… Until recently. In recent years I have been learning to be real […]

grateful is not always easy

Sometimes I don’t want to choose grateful. Take last night, for example.  My throat was burning, my eyes were itching and my house was 78 degrees inside. The night air was cool and I wanted to keep the windows open, get some fans running and enjoy the fresh cool air as it poured into the […]

courage

Decluttering a drawer today I found a small bag containing postcards which I collected three years ago at Mount Rushmore. I purchased these items because every year when I taught my first graders about said mountain, someone would always ask, “Is this place really real?” My answer was always “yes.” Then they would ask, “Have you […]

a beautiful struggle

Reading the story of David and Goliath, it all seems so simple… He used the tools and skills that God had developed in him over the years and he had faith that in the end everything would turn out okay. But was it really that easy? In hindsight, the obstacles in life can sometimes seem […]

holy anxiety 

Yesterday I was asked if I thought there is ever a “holy anxiety.”  My first thought was, “No! Anxiety is sin and not trusting God.”And then I remembered Jesus the night before He was crucified. Without a doubt he was anxious. AND  Hannah – I had just reread her story that morning. She cried out […]