Remember

Oftentimes, life is lived in the trenches. The Trenches do not give vista views. The Trenches are sweaty, musty, dirty, close-quartered and tend to lend to a near-sighted mindset. In The Trenches, we forget the big picture. I have been feeling the Trench life in my bones. When a chronic illness inhabits your home andContinue reading “Remember”

A little Disney Magic

I drank the kool-aid. Our family had a special time together at Disney last week. I love being all in in an adventure. Being “with” my family, laughing, eating, and exploring was life-giving to me. The first day I decided that I would paint a collage of all of our experiences there–each restaurant, ride, snack,Continue reading “A little Disney Magic”

The most destructive F word

The F word that breeds the most destruction…FEAR.  Fear keeps us from pressing into things and relationships that need courage and intentionality, and fear can steer us to actions that seem courageous and purposed but breed destruction.  Fear isolates us.  Fear brings polarization.  Fear clouds truth.  Fear elicits emotional response without thoughtfulness.  Fear shuts usContinue reading “The most destructive F word”

When you feel like Christmas is not for you this year…

This time of year has a magical hue, but it can be brutal to one’s inner life. Expectations, build up, performance and the wave of reality crashes… Dreams, hopes, memories, pressure and the boat tips as someone else has a different plan. One can have such hopes and seemingly feel invisible in all the noise.Continue reading “When you feel like Christmas is not for you this year…”

Relationships are “Shady”

Life is complicated, huh?  Our rhythms may look mundane and repetitive, but the journey of our hearts and minds in the middle tell a much more convoluted story.  This week, I have found myself watching Hallmark movies and throw back Disney Movies that give a less complicated version of life that remind me of myContinue reading “Relationships are “Shady””

Self-sufficiency or Humility?

We all have unique perspectives on life because of our individual experiences. My unique perspective in childhood included being the daughter of a Minister of Music in a small town baptist church. It was a normal occurrence in our house to hear Christmas Cantatas in the Summer in the tape deck of the Ford CrownContinue reading “Self-sufficiency or Humility?”

Kindling

I remember the moment last December. I looked up at each person passing in front of me. Some were faces that I had known up close and from afar. Seated near the front of the congregation, I got the distinct privilege of witnessing the holy moment. Person and after person with real stories and strugglesContinue reading “Kindling”