5 Ways to Find space in the Suburbs this summer

5 Ways to Find space in the Suburbs this summer

Suburban life is filled with convenience, but with those conveniences come a price. We lose touch with nature, with wide open spaces, with quiet. Mind, body and spirit, we need these experiences to maintain wholeness in the midst of a hectic lifestyle. These few intentional activities can do wonders to rejuvenate young and old -- and even [...]

When shame weighs heavy // A story of Hope

When shame weighs heavy // A story of Hope

Years ago I was laid out by a slipped vertebrae and disc in my lower back. During that season of pain, I found hope and freedom in places I would never have known if it weren't for the pain. That's the thing about the hard places, isn't it - they teach you how to see [...]

Fullness of Forty

Fullness of Forty

Last night was my long-awaited 40th birthday party. I rarely have expectations for an event centered on myself, but for the big 4-0, I was expectant. I deeply wanted what my husband had for his 40th: dozens of friends traveling from near and far bearing gifts and toasts and reasons why he is the best. [...]

How to Live with the Unknowns

How to Live with the Unknowns

“Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.”  Daniel 4:9 King Nebuchadnezzer demanded interpretation of his dream OR ELSE. After all, his kingdom could be [...]

5 Ways to Not Feel Like a Slave in Your Own Home

5 Ways to Not Feel Like a Slave in Your Own Home

Every day is the same - shop, cook, dishes, laundry. Sweep, wipe, scrub, pick up. All the papers, all the arguments, all the scheduling, all the homework. Do you ever feel like the monotony will swallow you whole? Do you ever feel reduced to servitude - pointless, unseen, neverending? Do you get bombarded with the [...]