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...
Dang it… this sucks!

Dang it… this sucks!

As I pulled over to the side of the road two years ago, I knew I needed to take the call before I lost cell service on the country roads. It was my doctor calling, which was a bit concerning. I had just had some of the usual cancer screening tests, and typically the...
Life is Hard AND God is Incredible

Life is Hard AND God is Incredible

Perhaps you’re like me and have had moments of wondering where God is in the most difficult parts of life. You want to believe that God is with you, personally, no matter what you’re going through. But life can be a doozy—leaving you depleted and overwhelmed. At the...
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...
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...