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The Dangers of being an Anger-Stuffer

“What’s making you angry?” I recoiled against the question, whispered to that sacred space where heart and mind meet soul. “I’m not angry,” I spoke through clenched teeth into the silence of my car. I felt the Holy Spirit repeat His question.My shoulders fell.My voice quavered as self-awareness mixed with pain.The damn cracked.The first words

The Dangers of being an Anger-Stuffer 2019-10-22T09:32:07-04:00

If you realize you’ve let social media control your life, don’t throw your shoe at your husband…

I wanted to throw my shoe at my husband. But thankfully, it’s summer and I wasn’t wearing shoes.  His words had elicited a visceral response in me—my first clue that they had merit. However, the moment the words, “Do you really need to post so much?” left his mouth, I had stopped listening.  We had

If you realize you’ve let social media control your life, don’t throw your shoe at your husband… 2019-06-14T08:59:56-04:00

Read this when you want to quit

Are you in Christian ministry and feeling weary and overwhelmed? Does every one else seem to get it all done with ease, while you struggle and still don't seem to be getting anywhere? If so, maybe this post is as much for you as it is for myself.

Read this when you want to quit 2019-05-23T06:29:55-04:00

When you just want to curl up in a ball and lay your head on God’s lap

(This post was originally shared on 2/4/2016. When it popped up in my "memory feed" today, it seemed appropriate to re-share; both as a tribute to my sweet Bailey and because I think we are all kinda at the point of needing to lay our heads in God's lap for awhile....) Bailey, my sweet golden

When you just want to curl up in a ball and lay your head on God’s lap 2019-02-04T09:46:30-05:00

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can we do? Look up!

“When the foundations are being destroyed,     what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple;     the Lord is on his heavenly throne.” Psalm 11:3-4 When what we have been standing on, hoping in, and depending on begins to fall, what are we to do?  We are to stand up, reach up and look up—this is the message

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can we do? Look up! 2019-01-25T17:12:37-05:00

Is prayer really all that important? (A series on prayer: Day one)

This post is part of a series on prayer. You can find all of the posts here In my quest to dive deeper into the gift of prayer, I have written out several questions about prayer, as well as several statements which I believe contribute, at times, to my lack of prayer. I so want

Is prayer really all that important? (A series on prayer: Day one) 2019-01-15T10:15:25-05:00

Unwrapping one of God’s Greatest Gifts—A blog series on prayer

My husband gave me a big leather box this Christmas. It was black and had a cool silver swirly thingy towards the top. But all I could see was a box. I turned it upside down. I turned it around. I touched the swirly thing. But I had no idea what I was supposed to

Unwrapping one of God’s Greatest Gifts—A blog series on prayer 2019-01-23T11:25:22-05:00

About My Work

This blog serves as an online journal of sorts. It is where I go to process my thoughts and feelings. It is where I write about what it means to shine the light of Jesus in an ever darkening world. And it is where I record the beautiful glimpses of God’s extraordinary grace in the midst of my very ordinary life.

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