From the Ashes of Defeat

“Here we are again, Lord. Hard to believe it’s been over a year now. The blog lies bleeding to death in my absence. Down to just a few loyal family members who know I’m still struggling to make it work. Everyone else has gone. Even I have gone.” –journal excerpt, June 2016 ___________________ One year. […]

This One’s Going To Make It

  “We need the rain.” His observation is simple, direct, yet I sense the uncertainty behind it. Before us, the fields yawn wide, cracked and blistered by the long winter and barren sky. My shoes skid on rocks, stumble over ridges of hardened soil. Veins of black crisscross the pale skin of the earth underneath […]

What You Don’t See Coming

This weekend, I was almost killed by a goose. In retrospect, I suppose I should have paid more attention to the signs. It was the weekend of our church’s annual women’s retreat, and per my own tradition, I awoke before dawn and walked down to the water’s edge to await the arrival of the sunrise. […]

There Is Light Even Here

Everything is dying. My heart sank in my chest as my eyes took in the barren landscape. All color had drained from the world to pool in rusty puddles at the base of the trees, skeletal and stark against the gray cloak of the sky. A bitter wind rattled through their bony fingers, rasping as it burbled […]

Missing Christmas

The sun has set on another Christmas. Somehow it feels like my heart is sinking a little bit, too. All the anticipation, it builds and builds, and then Christmas comes and goes and I find myself in the days after Christmas wondering how I missed it all. I didn’t really miss it, of course. There […]

When My Words Give Me Away

Hey everyone! Today’s post is being featured as a guest devotion over at Proverbs 31 Ministries! You can read the rest of the devotion and sign up to receive a free daily dose of truth and encouragement here. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (NIV) […]

Getting The Whole Story

Coffee is amazing. And not just because it gets us moving on those sluggish Monday mornings when we’d rather still be in bed. It’s amazing because of the sheer amount of love and dedication that moves those tiny beans from their farms around the world to your cup every day. This past week, I had […]

The Cure For Feeling Left Out

This past week, my left-out-itis flared up pretty bad. I had to turn down a super-fun event with friends because of my job. Again. The phrase “Sorry, I can’t come—I have to work” has become an all-too familiar part of my vocabulary. And not because I work too much—I work a standard 40-hour week. But […]

A New Day Is Dawning

Still. How elusive that word has been this summer. Between traveling for work, traveling for training, and moving to a new place, my life has been anything but still lately. I’ve packed and unpacked so many things this summer that I’m not sure if I’m coming or going anymore. And somewhere along the way, my […]

When We Expect Too Much

I have a love/hate relationship with package tracking. I love it because it gives me something tangible to look forward to. It gives substance to my hopes. When the package finally arrives, it seems all the more valuable for the effort I’ve put into waiting for it. Where things get sticky, though, is when package tracking […]