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 […]

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 […]

Zeroing In On The Truth

Have you ever felt like you just signed up for way more than you can handle? Yep. That’s how I felt this week when I agreed to help a family member train for a half-marathon. Uh-huh. A half-marathon. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I am not a runner. Not even close. You […]

When I’m Numb to Grace

I love watching people’s reactions when I give them the news. The young mother with a screaming child in the back seat, the men towing a trailer of tools, the teenagers packed too close together, the retirees out for a drive in a convertible…I’ve told them all. Some of them stare, some of them cry, […]

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 […]