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) […]

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 […]

Arise, Shine

The morning has come too soon. I groggily slap the snooze button on my alarm clock (yes, some of us old-fashioned types still have one) and snuggle down into the warmth of my bed-cave. As the early morning light seeps through my windows, I blearily mutter those infamous last words: “Just five more minutes…” Two […]

Just Listen

On Saturday morning, I woke up early at my church’s women’s retreat and jogged down to the lake shore, where the sun was just starting to peek through the distant trees. Out there by the water, all by myself, I just knew that God was going to show up in a big way. So I […]

When Our Perfection Crumbles

It was going to be perfect. After days of searching, I had finally found the ideal recipe for my life group’s Chocolate Night: a heavenly-sounding fruit crumble involving fresh pears, hearty spices, and creamy Nutella. The recipe claimed it would only take forty minutes, start to finish. Forty minutes. For a snazzy-sounding dessert. With Nutella. […]