authenticity, comparison, discernment, grace

Do I have food in my teeth?

I have big teeth, and I cannot lie. This is a fact. They attract green leafy food. I could try to defend against it by not showing my teeth--painfully keeping my mouth closed while at dinner with friends or in the company of strangers. There's a problem, though. My mouth was made to smile, to… Continue reading Do I have food in my teeth?

authenticity, discernment, Uncategorized

branding and the heart

Persona:  The aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others The buzz these days in business, in ministry, in the non-profit world, in sports, in politics, and on social media is building a personal brand.  We all have one, and some of us are experts in tapping into it and being… Continue reading branding and the heart

Anxiety, authenticity, comparison, discernment, grace, insecurity, parenting, the gospel, transformation by truth

A good mom…

Well, it's building again.  That pressure to do the right thing, to do it the best way, to prove your worth is on the rise.  Where does it come from?  From women's mouths, popular books, sub-cultural norms to your ears--actually straight to your heart.  The words marinate in your heart until you believe it and… Continue reading A good mom…

authenticity, comparison, discernment, eternal things, God's word, idols, infertility, self-absorption, transformation by truth, trusting God, Uncategorized

Where does my hope come from?

Jack turned one a few Sundays ago.  My heart was full with thanks, memories, relief that that first month was not to be relived:).  What a beautiful, fun-loving, joyful, strong, funny, determined little one we are blessed with.  In the time of postpartum depression, I could never have imagined the beauty of his life and… Continue reading Where does my hope come from?

Anxiety, authenticity, comparison, discernment, learning boundaries, Uncategorized

Great Expectations: What to Expect?

I wish it were the novel...but it's the list in my head.  So many expectations...in every area of my life.  Some are specific and some are inferred.  Some are imperative--feed, clothe, love, educate my child, cook dinner more frequently than not, laundry...make sure my house does not look like the atomic bomb exploded in it.… Continue reading Great Expectations: What to Expect?