Waiting for the Sequel

This week is just weird. It feels like a really long, sad movie is coming to an end. But there’s a sequel that is already in production. What would have been Manuel’s due date is coming up in a few days- March 30th.  Though our baby has already gone to be with Jesus, we are here waiting, expectantly. Waiting. Waiting … Read More

Obeying the Thirst Call

Water has the power to bring life or death.  It’s hard to believe that today, in the 21st century, during the greatest explosion of technology our world’s history has known, with so many resources at our finger tips, that millions of people still lack clean water. And yet, those of us who have clean water are caught in forgetfulness or … Read More

It Won’t Always Be Like This, Dear One

Some days you just need reminders of hope more than others. In the darkest, deepest, most barren seasons, the slightest glimmer of hope can melt the coldest sensations of wandering, lost-ness, and despair. Hope comes like a snow peppered songbird proclaiming that spring is on the way. This voice of encouragement soars like a bird returning from its migratory season … Read More

Navigating the Colorless Road

A few months ago, I was on a solo road trip, heading back home to Virginia. The cusp of winter was in the air. In fact, a mid November snow had just come where I had been visiting. As I checked to be sure my headlights were on, I noticed that everything around me was a sort of monotone grey…almost … Read More

On Being 30 Years Old

Well, as of this Saturday, I will have survived the full year of that number I dreaded so much last year. This time last year, I was just in pieces about turning 30 and not having accomplished all that I had hoped by that age. I wrote a couple blogs about it, sifting through my emotions for truth. But mostly … Read More

The Middle of Your Story

Thoughts race through your mind as you hear yet another person’s success story of how they got through something difficult or how they skipped the circumstances that you are going through all together. You wonder, “That’s great for them. But what about my story? How’s my story going to turn out?” You may fret and hyperventilate a little or a … Read More

Put Your Love on a Map

Pastor Jonathan Falwell put it so truthfully when he said, “Love shows up when everyone else is leaving.” Probably you have experienced something that hurt so deeply and that made you  feel completely alone until…   somebody showed up.   Did you feel loved then? Did you feel remembered? Did you feel friendship? Did you feel a little more hope? … Read More

When Love Shows Up

Over a year ago, I jotted down a note from my Pastor’s sermon, “Love shows up when everyone else is leaving.” I haven’t been able to get that out of my mind since then. The quote has been set before me as a challenge to try to show up after the dust has settled in the midst of terribly hard … Read More

Don’t Miss Your Pulpit

This past Sunday, at church, we met a man and his wife who moved from Kentucky to our area a year ago. The woman was just as pleasant as could be as she sought more information on how to get involved in the church. The man, however, reminded me of the Children of Israel with his terribly grumbly attitude and … Read More

Why I’m a Christian Humanitarian Blogger

In college, I piled into a 15-passenger van with a handful of undergrads to attend a weekend retreat in Pennsylvania, orchestrated to help those with a passion for missions to figure out what the next steps were. In fact, the weekend was actually called, “Next Steps.” My dad had died less than a year beforehand and an unquenchable drive to … Read More