Why We Need Stories

One of my current favorite television shows is, “This is Us.” As a series’ long fan of “Gilmore Girls,” the decision of whether I was Team Jess, Logan, or Dean was FINALLY decided after the first episode of “This is Us” because of how much I appreciated Milo Ventimiglia’s character as Jack. I know the characters are completely unrelated, but … Read More

Finding God in the Joyful Places Again

It’s raining today, steadily. But my heart is as full as it’s ever been with sunshine. The dark days are not completely over. I don’t think they will ever vanish in totality this side of Heaven. But the awareness of joy is constant for me now. It’s not from magic. It hasn’t been instantaneous. It’s been a process of asking … Read More

Im(manuel)

I’m having trouble concentrating on anything today other than the giant belly that sits between my computer and me. It’s spring and there is so much new life blossoming outside. Each year, the seasons wax and wane with an untold story of what will bloom and what will remain barren. Even when the petals vary, the roots remain. Only the … Read More

Filling the Dark, Empty Spaces

  We just celebrated Christ’s resurrection this past Sunday. Easter is one of my favorite holidays, because the festivities and remembrances of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection seem to re-center my focus on hope. Christmas has a way of making me feel expectant and Easter has a way of making me feel simultaneously sure-footed and full of life. Both historical … Read More

Being Overcome

A word has been buzzing through my mind this Holy Week: “Overcome.” I woke up after a hard stretch of days, and that word just weighed heavy on my thoughts. Truthfully, with many of the hardships our family has dealt with the last five months and also just having to say goodbye to my grandparents’ home as I’ve known it … Read More

The Mountain’s On Fire, But The Cross Still Stands

A year or two ago, fire broke out across the mountain in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. The Baptist conference center is very special to my family. For all intents and purposes, it is an extension of my hometown, Black Mountain. Many Saturdays when I was growing up, my Daddy would pile my sister and me in the car to go in … Read More

When All You Know Is That Jesus Loves You

Recently, some majorly bad decisions, which did not match up with the apparent character of a person very dear to our family, were revealed. In shocked disbelief, questions poured out. Nothing made sense about any of the information we learned because all things we were hearing were polar-opposite to the person we thought we knew. The more uncovering that happened, … Read More

Five Tips for When You Need to Hit the Re-Set Button

I think if I could title the past five months of my life, I could sum it all up as “Well, that did not go as planned.” In fact, 2016 has not been going quite as planned either. Maybe that’s where you are right now…feeling the need for a “do-over.” I’m talking myself through this as I talk you through … Read More

What Keeps You Up At Night?

What keeps you up at night? No, really. Be honest. What are your deepest thoughts, which your mind churns through while all else is still? Blogs and books are a dime a dozen, these days, aren’t they? Sometimes, it seems like many of these published works are meeting the needs of what is ordinary in order to help people feel … Read More

What Are You Leaving Behind?

I wailed as my mom drove the two of us through the Montreat Gate. “I don’t want to go through that gate without Mimi on the other side!” I moaned between breathless sobs. “I know, baby. I don’t either. But we can do this,” Mama replied. We had joined my uncle and cousin to form a circle of earthly witnesses … Read More