There Is Power In Your Story

There Is Power In Your Story

We all have stories to tell. Sometimes they’re happy and the outcome is more than what we ever expected or desired. Other times, not so much. Do you believe that through our pain we can experience joy? That good things can come out of the messy, broken parts of our...
Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Our craving for reason is rooted in one of our most basic human needs, the need for stability and predictability. We crave control. We cope better when we can connect all the dots. Here’s the problem – life doesn’t always work like that. The storms of life are one...
Nothing Is Permanent

Nothing Is Permanent

If you’re like me, you’ve experienced sadness in your life. Loss has caused me to overcompensate throughout my life by trying to be in control. I am safe when I’m in control. This chapter of life has proven, that I am not in control! We all have felt...
Steppingstones

Steppingstones

When I was young, we used to take trips to the park. We loved to skip stones and see how many jumps we could get. We would ride our bikes and play on the playground. However, the little adventurer in me loved to see how far I could go to explore. Inevitably, this...
Good Grief

Good Grief

On April 3, my family and I marked 14 years since my father’s passing. It’s a day that holds deeply difficult memories; the pain of which has softened over time. Each year around this time I can’t help but reflect on the journey of grief my family and I were thrust...
Lesson From The Piano

Lesson From The Piano

Several years ago, I was learning some new techniques on the piano. I’m by no means an accomplished pianist, but my friend, Donna, taught me how to play chords with my left hand while I played the single note melodies with my right. Then I learned to play octaves with...
The Struggle Within

The Struggle Within

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV) There’s a war...
The Surrender

The Surrender

Lent, like life, is a journey. If we liken Lent’s 40 days of testing, purging, and penance to Israel’s 40-year trek through the wilderness, then our Promised Land is the full joy of Resurrection hope and, of course, eternal life. In our desert wandering, we leave in...
Fail Forward

Fail Forward

On November 9th, 2009, the pride of the U.S. Navy was steaming towards New York City. The USS New York is a San Antonio class amphibious assault ship. The billion-dollar, 25,000-ton vessel is 684 feet long and 105 feet wide. It can carry 300 sailors and 700 Marines....
It’s A Two-Way Street

It’s A Two-Way Street

“I’m learning It’s a two-way street with God!” said my daughter after returning from youth group.  I am amazed by how often she is my teacher. I sat with what she said and replied, “Yes, girl you are absolutely right. It’s so simple but we really complicate...