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The Day I Decided to Break Up With the World

It was Dark Saturday, a perfectly fitting description for the status of my soul as I headed out on my mountain bike that lovely spring morning. As the COVID-19 pandemic…

Overcoming Disappointment with Love

Tears swam in my little man’s eyes when I asked him what was wrong. I went in to read him a bedtime story, unaware he was upset, but the disappointment…

Surrendering Your Life to God

Legs dangling a few feet over the bubbling creek, I sat on the bridge at the end of one of my favorite mountain bike trails, letting the Truth God was…

Fighting the Temptation of Easy

Embarrassingly, there is this false gospel I still submit to from time to time. It’s the belief that thinks because I am a Christian, trying to follow Jesus well, that…

Overcoming the Enemy in My Head

  We have a new uninvited and rather strange resident at our house. He is a robin who we have jokingly named Robinator. It is a mix between Robin and…

Breaking Up With the Burnout Lifestyle

  Poky was my childhood nickname for good reason. Much like the curious puppy in the classic childhood story The Poky Puppy, I was always lost in thought, curiously pondering…

A Better Kind of R & R

  Head spinning and the ringing in my ears getting louder by the second, I jumped out of my chair and sharply reprimanded my 7-year-old.  “I have had enough”, I shouted,…

Permission to Feel & Fail

I sat cross-legged on the puffy brown leather chair, heart twisted in despair, trying with all my might to get over myself, get up, and ready for work. I have…

God Really Likes You

I sat in a tall chair in the middle of the room surrounded by women’s faces smiling back at me. My heart was knocking with nerves even though I knew…

Are You Living Already Chosen?

My husband and I stopped courting a long time ago. With three kids, two still in their elementary years, romance is an afterthought. We are lucky to have a date…