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...
Flight of Faith

Flight of Faith

The first time on an airplane can be exhilarating or scary and can inspire a wide range of emotions. More than anything, it’s unknown. Recently, I got to watch my 4-year-old nephew experience his first airplane flight. His eyes were wide and his expression expectant....
The Power of Your Story

The Power of Your Story

When I was in college I completed several different rotations in various settings of speech therapy. Each setting served to help me learn, grow and refine which path I would take outside of graduate school. I quickly realized that while I loved working with children,...
Shame On You

Shame On You

“I never heard, that before!” I exclaimed. “I thought guilt and shame were the same thing!”   And just like that, God reached into my heart and healed me of a lifetime of shame.  I loved going to my best friend’s house. Kristi was the youngest of 5...
Are You An Unlikely Hero?

Are You An Unlikely Hero?

Ordinary people are used by an extraordinary God. In a world where comparison seems to be the norm, it’s easy to buy into the lie that you just don’t measure up. But the problem is, we don’t believe that it’s a lie. We have let it become our truth. That girl is...
Decluttering 2022

Decluttering 2022

You have a lot of time to think when you’re in the hospital. Just before Christmas last year, I lay alone for 6 days in a room in WellSpan Good Samaritan. That may not sound pleasant – and it wasn’t – but I also thrive on solitude. So I took the opportunity to reflect...