Please don’t ask me to drink

Sometimes you can be the loudest, funniest, and coolest one at the party, and at some point still feel all alone. Still be the one feeling like “Baby" stashed in a corner, behind a plant...trying to figure out where you fit in. Hoping no one asks if you want a drink. Please. Please don’t ask…

The One who sees you

It seemed to be like any other Sunday morning. I got up. Made my coffee. Sat down to read my Bible. It seemed like any other morning. Yet, it wasn't. That coffee wouldn't go down as it usually does. That Bible remained unopened, and something inside of me was just unsettled. And I spent the…

Life goes on. So will I.

I remember back in the early 90’s a family sitcom called “Life Goes On.” The show chronicled the life of a family dealing with the challenges of raising and supporting a family member with Down’s syndrome. A sister who had to learn to accept her brother, while trying to be accepted by her peers. Navigating…

The growing season

For over a year now, I have grown a deep affection for plants. The reasons and circumstances for this are a story in itself, and a subject for a later time...however, I used to absolutely hate them! I could not keep anything alive. When my son and I did manage to plant anything, it either…

“Feeding” a different beast

This past summer I spent the entirety of my time off in a period of self-care and healing. Working on and loving who God had created me to be. Part of that was understanding just how much I was loved. Through that process, I spent a lot of time in His Word, writing down a…

It’s all going to be OK

Faith and feelings. Or “suck it up, don’t talk about it, just pray about it.” I’m a straight shooter. I’m honest. I keep it real. I share my struggles. And, I value the art of vulnerability in our lives. Even among the faith community. However, there is often this idea that we can’t be vulnerable,…

Take me as I am

Those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. John 6:37 When I was a teen, I hated country music. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. It was not the era of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban. Instead their was Joe Diffie, Dwight Yoakam,…

If He sees beauty here…so will I

If creation sings your praises, so will I. -Hillsong UNITED I decided during my quiet time this week to do something a little different. Instead of my usual front porch sitting, I took my show on the road. I loaded up my Bible, my journal, and my pen, and headed to the lake in my…

How are you….really?

The age old question..."How are you, today?" Then...the usual response: A painted on smile. A handy-dandy, "Good. Great. How are you?"  Usually all uttered in passing without any secondary regard for what could potentially be bubbling underneath the surface. Many years ago my work "girlfriends" and I used to joke about a colleague of ours.…