Where No Offering is Wasted

When loss catches us off guard, God takes the broken dream and breathes hope It was somewhere between 3 and 4 in the morning, and the bathroom was steamy hot. I leaned my head against a folded towel and pretended that the tub and toilet were not filled with blood-stained water. A distant faint hum…

The lie of mommy guilt

I leaned close to her face and kissed her nose. Her hair sprawled out on the rug all around her, a halo of chocolate. She smiled, her face morning soft and her hand stole around my neck. “You are my chocolate bar,” I whispered, and her eyes sparkled. She and her blond sister look so…

When Shadows Die

The evening light dances across the yard, the tired fall colors suddenly glow hues of bright yellow and gold. Leaves that an hour ago were just tired brown are flaming bronze. The air is glittering with lavish beauty. Long dark tree shadows stagger across the gravel driveway and reach their thin jagged arms into the grass….

The Cake of Culinary Hope

Food has never been a strength of mine. Preparing it, that is. Eating is no problem. I grew up with a mother always humming in the kitchen, effortlessly preparing tasty and attractive meals that I took for granted. Then I got married. My husband had spent months far back in the mountains of rural Honduras…

The Redeemer of all things broken..

I still don’t understand how it happened. Last night one child and I found ourselves facing off over a most unexpected situation. What was started in jest U-turned into angry words and dead ended into deep sobs. We both wondered “how on earth could that simple cup of milk end up being the source of…

You were created, wounded, and healed for such a time as this

The shattering God has allowed you to experience became the opportunity for the amazing healing in your heart. It equips you to extend hope to those who will someday face the same thing. When you choose to speak of hope after being stripped bare and raw, they will look at you and know hope is…

Your Kingdom Come

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” They followed him, this God and man all in one. They saw the connection, the words other-worldly. They wished to reach across the chasm, too, and to know this Father he spoke of….

I shall not Want

“From the love of my own comfort From the fear of having nothing From a life of worldly passions Deliver me O God.”The words arrest me. I pause and lean up against the cold kitchen counter, and tears sting my eyes. I’m fine. Really. But they sliced past my busyness and made me stop. “…From…

Between the Waves

I knew the week would go fast. Vacations always do. But it honestly felt like I stepped off a moving sidewalk and life went into slow motion. Our living room looked out over the waves and dunes with their wild grasses nodding in the perpetual breeze, and I caught my breath. Foaming and dancing toward…

Don’t be Pinterest Perfect

Beautiful moments happen. Pause and drink deeply of the taste of heaven here on earth. There are so many gifts in the little moments. In the lilt of a song. In the wind in the trees. In the ways eyes glitter just before the laughter comes. But the pressure to create a Pinterest perfect image…