4 words for 2015.

Last year the Lord gave me four words. These four words (or technically six, but the concept originated as four words from Shauna Niequist, so that’s what I’m calling it) felt like they were to teach, to comfort, to encourage and to grow my heart in new ways as circumstances unfolded, that only the Lord…

the 12 favorite books of 2015.

As I’ve been reflecting on the year, I realize how much of what I read reflects what how I’ve changed and what I’ve learned. Friends, these were the best non-fiction books I read in 2015. I highly recommend each and every one of these, at your earliest convenience. I tried to make a top ten…

the sick-on-the-couch Christmas.

One year for Christmas I was sick on the couch of my grandparents’ home in Southern California. We had long awaited this trip to see them and I was disappointed to find myself snuggled up in blankets, watching the festivities from the cushions. But as I remember back, the specifics of my sickness and disappointment…

when I want a root beer, but get a bird instead.

I like that I can’t put Jesus in a box. I like that he does the unexpected and the weird. I like that he’d rather have some crazy lady crying and wiping his feet with her hair than have a normal foot washing. I like that he is unconventional and doing things that make me…

[book review] the painter’s daughter.

Sometimes a single choice can change the course of our lives. As I watched my dear friend get married this weekend, it was easy to remember and see the beauty in a life-altering decision. As I read The Painter’s Daughter this weekend, I was reminded of the cost of other kinds of choices. The first…

choosing to connect, not compete.

It’s so subtle when it happens, but all of a sudden, I’m believing that numbers and stats are what matters. And before I know it, I feel like I’m in a competition that I never signed up for.  I’m in the process of learning about the publishing process, as I have hopes of being published…

beginnings.

Sometimes they speak so loudly. What makes you think you could help anyone? You stay home with your daughter. What makes you qualified? You gave up your chance to make a difference when you walked away from your job. What were you thinking? You could never write a book. You’re too young. Don’t people write…

the holiday of waiting & longing.

A few years ago, I desperately wanted a new job and I was doing everything in my power to make it happen. After feeling permission from the Lord to pursue another direction, I applied for jobs like a crazy person on my days off, hoping and praying for a change. During those days, I also…

the choice to stay home from Hogwarts.

My husband and I are yet again working our way through the Harry Potter movies together. We recently were gifted a TV by Jesus and it feels like a movie-night-in every single time. (And who doesn’t want to go to Hogwarts at Christmas time?) In the second one (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,…

11 things I learned in the 11th month.

I think one of the greatest gifts Jesus gives us is the opportunity to be learning. Our education is not limited to a classroom or certain topics. In fact, Jesus can use the simple, mundane, silly and serious things in our lives to teach us about who he is and who we are. A willing heart…

truth in the silly, strange & hard.

Being a parent is so different than I imagined. I thought that when I became a mom I would feel so different. That I would feel like a mom. But I honestly still feel like me. It just so happens that I take care of a tiny, sweet girl as part of my life now….