Four Truths About Making Friends

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this past week as I contemplate one of my all-time favorite conferences—She Speaks. I won’t be attending this year and it feels a bit odd. I’m wistful over the friends I won’t connect with but more than anything I’m thinking about the new attendees and how they may feel once they arrive. [Read more…]

Radical Love

Well it happened again. Another bridal shower for another beautiful young bride…and someone asked, “Would you say a few words?”

That’s always…humbling. I feel completely unqualified. So I struggle and I pray through the process. And eventually I start to write out what I’ll say.

I never know how God will use those words in the lives of the ones who hear them. But I do know one thing…He never fails to use the process to speak deeply into my own heart and life. [Read more…]


I’m nearing the end of a very good book.

Pages are being devoured as I approach the final chapter. I consider myself a fast reader but these particular pages have taken on a life of their own. Whether I want to or not I’m approaching…

The. End.

The book title?

Several would do——–The Story of Us. The Three Musketeers. Our Crazy Life. [Read more…]

When God Shows Up

Heavy eyes. Heavy heart.

It was the morning after a fitful night. An infection was waging war inside my body. But the physical struggle was outmatched by the wrestling between my mind and my heart.

I couldn’t stop the physical pain, and I couldn’t quiet emotional anguish. The only sleep that found me was filled with semi-conscious manifestations of frustration, fear, and sadness.

I’m not alone, am I? You’ve had nights like this, no doubt. [Read more…]

An Open Letter to my Teens…Your Choices Matter

Love, love, love Dana’s words to her kids. She never fails to bless me in her wisdom and discernment as she navigates a very important DoAhead…godly parenting!


Dear Kiddos,

It isn’t always easy, is it…to make the choices we make? As your parents we say no to things. And you obey.

But I know that the things we say no to and the things you choose to say no to get harder once you’re outside our doors. Once you are out in the world or among your friends.

I get it.

Your cheeks burn as they laugh…at you. Your eyes sting as they dismiss you. [Read more…]

Wife and Warrior

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Love and marriage, love and marriage! (Did you sing that?)

Love is in the air this year! 2017 is the year of the wedding for our family, it seems. There are a few very special people in my life who are busy planning and preparing because they are goin’ to the chapel and they’re goin’ to get married. (Ha! Made you sing again!) [Read more…]