Framing our Pain

Sometimes the hurt and the hard in this life just feel like too much. Am I right?

Sometimes we reach a point where emotional turmoil has continued for so long and runs so deep, it bleeds into a physical aching. We wear it on our faces. We carry it in our bodies. We reflect it in our choices.

Maybe that’s where you are right now. [Read more…]

When Mercy Finds Us

Have you ever felt stuck in something?

A relationship?

A habit?

A job?

A dream?

A good ol’ fashioned rut of some sort? [Read more…]

Embracing Our Sister’s Needs

Today’s post is a link up to my dear friends Jodie and Donna over at Faithfully Following Ministries. They are midway through their delightful online study. I’ve been sharing posts on the study over on Facebook and Instagram. If you missed them please know it’s not too late!

This week yours truly is hooking up to share about how we can embrace our sister’s needs. My honest answer? [Read more…]

Worth the Trip

It’s early Saturday morning and there’s a fog clinging to the lake. Much needed moisture is suspended in the air. I pray every thirsty thing is able to drink it up.

As I ponder the state of dry ground I catch myself asking “Is my soul dry as well?” It’s Easter. I’ll say it again, EASTER.  How can I possibly feel nonchalant about today, the Saturday sandwiched between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

I’ll tell you how. Busy. Too busy. Beautiful busy…crazy busy…with kids, spouse, church, community.  But beautiful and crazy can turn ugly and manic on a dime, especially when I lose sight of what’s important. Today my soul tells me it’s important to stop and remember. [Read more…]

No More Missed Opportunities

Two times in one week I missed an opportunity. Two times.

And honestly, those are just the two times I am aware that I missed something.

These opportunities were not by definition anything that would promote me to a better place. No, these were opportunities to assist another in need. They were placed right in front of me and I was just too busy (my polite way of saying self-absorbed) to be bothered. [Read more…]

When Everything is Not Okay

When life slams us to the ground. When things are not the way they are “supposed to be.” When all our good intentions and plans and efforts turn to rubble at our feet.

When that thing or person or relationship we worked so hard toward, fought relentlessly for, vowed to never give up on…gives up on us, walks out on us, dies on us.

The hurt is so intense, it pulses with every heartbeat. The uncertainty so thick, every step is a blind stumble. The fear so raw, we swear we can feel our spirits bleed. [Read more…]