how to take heart in these troubled times

What a way to begin the year, right? We’ve had a celebrity death among 8 other precious souls, taken too soon. The outbreak of Coronavirus. Controversial half-time shows and award show speeches. Our world is hurting – secretly hoping for Eden although on most days I think we would settle for Mayberry or Stars Hollow.Continue reading “how to take heart in these troubled times”

choosing to be present.

Present is my “word” for 2020. I hesitated to even declare a word over my year because, frankly, God will do whatever He wants. I might make my word “quiet” and He’ll crank up the volume. I might make my word “joy” and be met by the deepest depression of my lifetime. It’s true. Regardless ofContinue reading “choosing to be present.”

#SayYesToAbundance2018

since the first few weeks in january, you’ve seen me use the hashtag SayYesToAbundance2018. but what is saying yes to abundance? and why this year? it’s knowing that a full life isn’t a perfect life. God came to give us joy, but not a life that makes us boast of our own achievements and blessings,Continue reading “#SayYesToAbundance2018”

on the promises of growth and green fields.

You can find this post at it’s original home, and other favorite place to hang out on cyberspace, The Rising!  big thanks to Phil Frigon for letting me use his stunning photos!  Every spring in the Flint Hills of Kansas, when wind is unusually slow and the promise of summer introduces itself once again with eachContinue reading “on the promises of growth and green fields.”

a letter to the wanderer. 

Hey there, wanderer.   I call you a wanderer because that something that binds my heart with yours. We both know what it’s like to walk away from all that is holy and come back with empty arms and hearts. It’s something that breaks my heart over yours. I wish that you would look upContinue reading “a letter to the wanderer. “

saying yes to being eternally set free

[post originally published at my favorite home-away-from-home, The Rising.] What does freedom in Christ mean? If I am free, then why is it not okay to do whatever I feel like doing? If freedom doesn’t mean that I can do whatever I want, then what is it for? Galatians 5:1 says, “For freedom Christ hasContinue reading “saying yes to being eternally set free”

the secret to finding holy rest

In 2 Chronicles, there are two battles that are told side by side that note two important components of the Christian life. We can’t afford to only see each of them individually, but to open the eyes of our hearts to both of them in order to more fully see the truth of who weContinue reading “the secret to finding holy rest”

dear Church, it is our time to rise.

If you are weary from the all political talk, if you are afraid for the unborn and for the refugee, for safe places to land, the respect of women and the integrity of men, for the unity of the church, if you are gasping for steady breaths in a panicked world – you are inContinue reading “dear Church, it is our time to rise.”

the broken way: a playlist of hope & remembering

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp has been a powerful catalyst in my life since I first opened one of my first launch team e-mails in September 2016 and started scrolling through chapter one, to highlighting on my Mac late into the night so that I could finish the book before I met Ann herself,Continue reading “the broken way: a playlist of hope & remembering”