when grown-up friendships are hard.

Friendship is hard when you’re a grownup. I’ve heard it over and over again that relationships take work, but I find myself amazed at how hard it can be to stay friends as an adult. When I was a kid, it honestly felt as simple as figuring out who was fun to play with and…

what the sorting hat taught me about grace.

[Warning: Nerd alert. The following post assumes some knowledge of Harry Potter. Muggles, be forewarned.] It was on the walk back to the car, holding hands as we finished our date. There had been Mexican food, thanks to a coupon in the mail and lots of time meandering throughout our local bookstore. I mentioned that…

finding grace on the dark days.

I sat with my Bible open on my lap, my heart feeling cold and numb. I saw my notes in the margins and remembered the peace and relief those same sentences had brought only the summer before when I faced a move away from the man I loved. In a season where my heart was…

when you feel a no, but live a yes.

Today I’m preaching to myself. My feelings are all sorts of loud and I desperately want to listen to them. But I know that the truth doesn’t always match my loud emotions, and today is one of those days. I feel the Holy Spirit whispering truth to my heart, and I know his is the…

when the manna stops.

In the last place we lived, I felt surrounded by tangible reminders of the Lord’s provision to us. Food. Because of my work at the university, we had much of our food provided through the meal plan I was on. And for as many complaints as cafeteria food gets, we saw it as the Lord…

the envelope that exposed the shame in my heart.

When I opened up the envelope, I felt my stomach drop just a little. It was a mixture of dread, shame and anxiety, in one fell swoop. The deadline is at the end of April. There is time. I have time. But even yet, I knew I need to wrestle with this decision soon. Would…

the question that makes my heart do weird things.

“Do you want to have more kids?” “When do you think you’ll have more kids?” “How big of a family do you want?” I remember I got asked several times about having more kids in the first hours of my daughter’s life. I think the first time it happened, I was in my hospital bed…

not living up to my own song.

Do you ever feel like you’re the least qualified to talk about something? That one topic that you consistently struggle with is the one that your heart and the Holy Spirit keeps nudging you to say something about? That’s me today. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet. I want to be someone who…

the nuggets of February.

It is no secret that winter is my least favorite season. February seemed marked with sickness and cold weather for us. But before I fully embrace the spring sunshine that March has brought my little corner in PA today, I don’t want to dismiss the gems that February held. Although there were the big mile…