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, toContinue reading “Do I have food in my teeth?”

Forget Me Not

When you feel remembered–when someone acknowledges and leans in, it is so powerful. You feel seen and heard and chosen. There’s nothing more deflating than having to introduce yourself to a person for the 49th time, and they have no clue who you are. It feels empty. That’s why I love to connect with people–weContinue reading “Forget Me Not”

Clueless

At dinner the other night, my youngest said “Grown-ups know everything.” Then, the seven year old chimed with…”No way, they only know about some things.” I laughed to myself, and I remembered having that unbridled confidence in grown-ups. I think of all the adults I grew up around and that I considered any age ofContinue reading “Clueless”

Contrary to Popular Opinion…

You are not enough. You read it right. That’s offensive, huh? I am NOT saying you do not have worth. I am NOT saying that you do not have value. I am NOT saying you cannot do hard things. I am NOT saying you are not tough. I am NOT saying you are a failure.Continue reading “Contrary to Popular Opinion…”

It all started with a “little” project

It all started with a closet project.  Little did I know that it would turn into so much more.   Our home has more than ample storage, but the problem is we have dumped stuff there.  The stuff that is falling out of the closets and the basement means there is stuff everywhere in ourContinue reading “It all started with a “little” project”

2018 Year-End Ebenezer Awards

My counselor often says–“take time to write that down, Jen.” How can we so easily forget the beautiful provisions and lessons that are so life changing? We have amnesia of the moment.  Whatever is right in front of us gets our attention. So, I am writing it down–“blogging it forth”–“setting the Ebenezer up” to remindContinue reading “2018 Year-End Ebenezer Awards”

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 andContinue reading “A good mom…”

When blind hearts see

I hate that thing in us, in me, that thinks we know better than God.  The voice that says, “yeah, but I see another angle.”  “Just this one time I have it figured out.”  “I deserve better.” It gets us in a whole heap of trouble. That trouble becomes the state of our heart healthContinue reading “When blind hearts see”

The Tyranny of Criticism

The last few weeks, I have been working with a couple of the young women I disciple to help them identify where their hearts are in the everyday.  The objective is to stop and identify where they are as they come to God–sharing their heart with God, joys, disappointments and confusion.  This is where prayerContinue reading “The Tyranny of Criticism”

A humble entrance

       As I looked toward this new year, I am overwhelmed.  Yes, we are having a baby (still sounds crazy to say), but that is not until June.  I am seemingly overwhelmed by every task and relationship I face even before the new year rolls.         This Christmas season has been busy.  We traveled forContinue reading “A humble entrance”