Take Time to Listen

A few weeks ago, at the hilt of the family crisis we’ve been dealing with, I found myself being super irritated, judgey, and impatient in my heart about the clerk at Walmart. I was in a huge rush, trying to pick up some things to help my mom, as well as dinner to take to her at the rehabilitation hospital … Read More

Excavating

I like to think that I’m good at multi-tasking. I really do. Sometimes, if I plan well, I can accomplish much of my to-do list. But if I’m going to do something really really well, I can’t give 100% to it all. This month, I’ve been focusing on scaling back in my blog writing to try to tackle the huge … Read More

The Divine Hand that Wounds Also Heals

It’s no secret that when Royal Consort Prince Albert died at the age of 42, his wife, Queen Victoria entered into deep mourning for the rest of her life. She wore black every single day until she died because she missed her beloved Albert so very much. Soon after he died, people of course extended their offerings of care and … Read More

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

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

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

And Lo{w}

A friend recently asked me what scripture verse was encouraging me the most lately. Without hesitating, I responded, “…And lo, I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b, NKJV) I reasoned from my literary mind as to why this meant so much to me right now. I know this passage is what sums up the … Read More

For My First 31 Days of 2014

I feel kind of silly putting this out there. But honestly, I need accountability. Fighters fight and writers write.  But sometimes, we writers get stunted, scared, stalled, stagnant, and stuck. What if I fail? What if I never get published? What if everyone thinks I’m just a fraud proclaiming myself as a writer? What if no one reads my book? … Read More