Strength in Discomfort – Ethiopia

After I returned from Ethiopia, I was acutely aware of why the trip had been timed as it had, why I had been called to go at that time in that year and why, it was once again, God setting me up to breathe, float, and even swim, above the waves. I became aware of…

Step In – Ethiopia

Last year, at this exact time on the calendar, I was in Ethiopia. I have been reflecting on that trip and have been prompted to blog how God met me there. This is a long one, three parts actually, so bear with me. The trip was WAY out of my comfort zone, but a dear…

Heartfelt Delight

I love Disneyland! Growing up in Southern California, we visited Disneyland on special occasions and it was always something I looked forward to for weeks and thoroughly enjoyed when I was there. And now, as a mom, I still enjoy taking my teenagers for a day of distraction. What’s not to love about Disneyland? It…

Pure Love

Pure: free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter; free from foreign or inappropriate elements; clear; free from blemishes; straightforward, unaffected; clean, spotless and unsullied; without any discordant quality; free of or without guilt; independent of sense or experience. I heard something in church a couple weeks ago that…

Clear Line of Sight

I feel like I am in a season of constant change; like I cannot keep my finger pressed down and on the pulse of my life. Life, for the last two years, as I have known it and planned it, has wrangled itself away from me and now I find myself in a place of…

Conscious Reflection

Reflection can be painful. It can drag you down into what you wished had happened, or where you mis-stepped, or where you failed. Without perspective, reflection can be unhealthy and it can often cause my mind to spin. If I think of reflection in terms of what I see in the mirror, I can often see…

Perfectly Fit

I pray for my children’s future spouses. I pray they are being prepared just as I am trying to prepare my kids. I pray specifically for qualities that I believe will complement each of my children. Most of all I pray for a common foundation that will last through the storms of life. But I…

Just Ask

I have some challenges. Shocking, I know. One of the challenges I face is that I want to understand where I stand and why I stand there. While that may seem like a common desire, for me it is a challenge because of the effect it has on me. When something is not clear to…

The Erosion of Loneliness

In my life, I am experiencing loneliness in a deep way for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that my kids are launching into independent lives. Not only are they both fairly able to manage their work and schedules with some, but often little, direction from me, they are quite good friends….

Digging Deep

I love music, it speaks to me. I am one of those ‘sing at the top of your lungs’ while in the car people. Music brings me joy and sadness, it seems to reach the emotions I often try to mask. NeedToBreathe is one of my favorite Christian bands. The chorus of their song, Wasteland,…

For My Kids

On Mother’s Day about four years ago, I gave my children a gift. And this Mother’s Day, I am re-gifting it to them. Why re-gift? It made an impression then, but now, as teenagers, we are having more conversations about how to navigate through life, make big decisions, manage relationships, and cling to each other….

Opportunity and Sacrifice

I have a 13 year old son who is in seventh grade. He amazes and frustrates me all at the same time. And, much to his chagrin, he brings me to tears often, and not because of frustration or disagreement, most often it is the result of amazement and pride. Cole has decided he wants…