Maybe it’s just that the goals you set so enthusiastically in preparation for January 1st have kind of exploded in your face. Or maybe it’s that you never even got around to setting goals at all—it was a luxury you couldn’t afford as time-crunched as your schedule already is. Or maybe you didn’t write down … Read moreWhen the New Year Feels Old
Autumn seems to be a favorite season for so many of us. I wonder sometimes about the reason—more than the respite from summer’s heat or a return to normal schedules, perhaps it’s that autumn reminds us change is always assured. For me this year, autumn meant a change in routine, a change in focus, and … Read moreWhat I’m Learning—Autumn Edition 2019
You know how little kids’ voices shake and jerk out in single syllables when they’re having a meltdown? That was me in the car the other week, calling my husband about about my first meeting with an editor at a writer’s conference. You know how you have no idea how much something means to you … Read moreHow to Hold onto Your Identity in the Midst of Failure
We all know it, we all dread it, we all feel a low hum of anxiety over it: the rush and pressure of the holiday season. Somewhere along the way, what we’re pretty sure was supposed to be a season of joy and peace has become a season of scurry and scramble, hustle and harried … Read moreWhen You Need Some Margin in Your Holidays
Photo credit: Lisa Stellmach Delighted to be guest posting today over at Pamela Henkelman’s blog! Pamela asked us to share a story of “refining fire”, a time in life where God burned away something old and brought forth something new. I had this old one stashed away; the memories are still fresh, and the lesson … Read moreWhat I Learned About God From My Newborn
Recently a woman sat down at the next table in a restaurant where I had slipped off to do some writing work. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that she bowed her head for a few seconds before digging into her meal. An idea hit me, and a few minutes later, I … Read moreWhat Is My Identity in Christ?
“In the beginning, God created…” These are the first words of the Bible, and the first thing God chose to tell us about himself: he makes things. One of the next things we know about God is that he made us, people, in his own likeness. So God created manin his own image;he created him … Read moreA Shout-Out to Your Creativity
I was honored to have this essay accepted for the Kindred Mom Healthy Soul series, published in April, 2019. Kindred Mom is an online community of women dedicated to helping moms thrive in, and celebrate the small victories of, messy and beautiful motherhood. “What would you know about a healthy soul?” my inner critic hisses as I sit … Read moreWhat I Need to Remember When My Soul is Sick