Last week as we were looking at the x rays of my 13 year-old’s fractured arm, I recalled—once again—each of the bones that our five children have collectively broken over the years. At the risk of you thinking that I should have, at minimum, made my kids drink more milk or, perhaps worse, that we … Continue reading Broken Bones and Other Things
What I really wanted to say was, “Are you kidding me?” But I didn’t. At least not out loud. Andy had spent the better part of the previous eight months getting thorough exams by multiple doctors in pursuit of being a kidney donor for a good friend. He was checking out perfect! (Well, let’s not … Continue reading Songs. Valleys. And Promises.
This summer, I have seen God work in my own heart and in the hearts of those around me. It has been amazing. Truly, He has shown up! And truly, it has all been despite of me. Here’s my must-not-forget lesson from this season of 2017: God’s not working because of me. He’s working despite … Continue reading A Season of God’s Work
My kids almost missed it. I almost missed it! It was the youth trip to the St. Louis Project this summer and it was incredible. Thank God that what began as a somewhat-sore subject to talk about with our kids turned out to be one of the mightiest ways that we have seen Him move … Continue reading A Mission Trip Almost Missed
As I prayed and prepared for our first trip with Sing for the King into the prison, I kept coming back to the concept of hope. Hope for these men. Hope for their marriages. Hope for their relationships. Hope for their families. And I kept asking myself, “How in the world did our marriage, of … Continue reading Marriage Ministry Behind Bars
There are many terms of endearment used between friends. Best friends forever, otherwise known as BFF, and BFFL, best friends for life. Two of the faves from my childhood were love ya lots or love you like a sis. A quick peek at my teen daughter’s snap chat streaks would give me a better idea … Continue reading FIC: Friends In Christ
There are two things that you must know about Hoos people and springtime. One, the mowing begins. We pull out the trailer and the big mowers and get ready to cut the grass. A confession: I say “we” loosely. Number two thing about springtime, the favorite sport begins. We pull out the cleats and the … Continue reading Bleachers. Benches. And At Bat.
By the end of the year 2015, my hope was waning. I had spent the entire year in what felt like the literal decaying of my mind and body. Symptoms not worthy of my mentioning had taken my ability to function normally. Driving was no longer. Walking across the room was difficult. Pain and abnormality … Continue reading Galatians 2:20
It was (and still is) a rare occasion for me to shop alone. On this particular evening, I was alone. I made my way to the local store, whose name is to remain anonymous. But you know the one.I’m not sure if the majority of the people in the building that evening were having a … Continue reading Pouring Out When You’re Dried Up
Shame on you. If it had been spoken that bluntly in my head, I think I would’ve recognized it.But it wasn’t. It was subtle and conspicuous, really. A series of thoughts that kept sneaking up on me, creating what can only be described as a group of dark clouds hanging over my head. They were … Continue reading Shame On. Shame Off.