24 January

The Long Haul

The Long Haul

Sometimes life gets hard. I can usually handle it for a week or two. Then I get ticked. I get frustrated that God hasn’t done something or that it’s dragged on for so long. Please tell me I’m not alone in this experience! When I’m not in the thick of it, I can step back […]

29 November

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

I’ve declared December a “no-blog zone” for me over the last few years, so this will be my final blog of 2016. Check out my top 5 lessons from this past year… 5. Room is necessary. As a parent, it’s scary to leave room for your child to make decisions. It seems so much easier […]

20 September

2 Witches and 2 Words

2 Witches and 2 Words

Whenever I have to come up with random trivia about myself in a get-to-know-you game, I always revert to the not-so-flattering fact that both times in my life when I’ve been in a theatrical production, I was cast as a witch. Great, huh? I prefer not to think about the unspoken implication of those two […]

23 August

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Sometimes I feel like a broken record. Seems like I’m telling my kids the same things or asking Chris the same questions over and over. When it comes to speaking and writing, however, I have this disdain for repetition. I’m not sure why. Chris often reminds me that I need to repeat myself more often. […]

9 August

The Journey

The Journey

Sometimes life wears me out. Sometimes parenting wears me out. Sometimes ministry wears me out. How about you? Can you relate? Then I look at Moses. And I find that God puts everything in perspective. I’ve been in the book of Numbers recently, so I’ve been reminded of how many stinking times the children of […]

2 August

This Ain’t Man Church!

This Ain’t Man Church!

Being a man seems like a pretty standard experience. (I’m just sayin’!) This thing called “culture” projects a relatively universal message of what life for a man should look like. You need to grow up, get an education, find a skill, and provide for your family. As a Christian, you would contextualize that same message […]

29 March

3 Keys to being a Godly Leader

3 Keys to being a Godly Leader

I love how any snapshot of a biblical figure can make them look like a hero, yet another passage might show a much less flattering side of them. Sounds just like us, huh? We can have moments of absolute, solid obedience and faith, and then turn around and just blow it. Last week, I referenced […]

17 March

13.1

13.1

Chris and Annika have become serious about running. I, on the other hand, remain in the “novice” category. Their goal is a half marathon (13.1 miles, in case you’re wondering); my goal is not growing out of my clothes. The result is that I now run on my own, following the direction of my little […]

23 February

Where is God?

Where is God?

Today, I’ll finish out what’s turned into a mini-series on the topic of caring for people. I know we’re often drawn to read a blog because it helps address a need in our own life. This series, however, is a reminder that if we consider ourselves Christians, we must be intentional to care for other […]

18 February

4 Tips on How to Care for People

4 Tips on How to Care for People

In my post earlier this week, I described a major failure to care for a family in need at our church. Disease had ravaged this family and they needed more from their church than we gave. As I reflected on the circumstances and committed to do all that I could to never let it happen […]