Deep Gifts in Hard Places

Deep Gifts in Hard Places

Here’s a not-so-popular phrase we sometimes hear: “the gift of suffering”. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of seeing “suffering” and “gift” in the same sentence. That’s as outlandish as “count it all joy when you face trials.” Today I want to share with you...
“Come on, God. Give me a clue!”

“Come on, God. Give me a clue!”

What’s your gut reaction to this quote:  Faith is knowing God has a plan even if you don’t know the plan.   Personally, I really, really love it NOW, but in all honesty, it made me a bit angry at first.Like I wanted to scream, “Come on, God. Give me a clue—anything to...
I Did NOT See It Coming

I Did NOT See It Coming

I really, really wasn’t worried about this doctor’s appointment. It was simply a “let’s check in and just make sure we’re still on track” type of meeting. After all the pleasantries and quick questions, I was almost out the door when my doctor wanted to confirm just...
What I Do To Encourage My Faith

What I Do To Encourage My Faith

Years ago, I worked at a Christian school with a principal who would sometimes end her prayer with this beautiful sentence:  “May you be surprised by splashes of God’s presence this week.”  I love, love, LOVE that! Recently I had an amazing conversation with a friend...
Anxiety, a Purple Folder, and Joy

Anxiety, a Purple Folder, and Joy

The conversation went like this:  Would you share your story about journeying through cancer? And would you share how you were able to find joy in the middle of your story? And how you’ve been able to find joy on this side of your story? <gulp> That’s a TALL...