Nine years ago today I suddenly lost a friend and colleague. I'm not the only one who lost him. His family did, his other friends did, our whole church did and a denomination as well. I still miss him of course. I noticed in my Jesus Calling book that I've read every day since that… Continue reading When Everything Shifts
My husband will shake a thousand hands today. He is a school superintendent. It is high school graduation day for two of the larger schools he oversees. After graduation day his hand literally hurts for two days. He says it is one of those good kinds of hurts. I see it as one thousand stories… Continue reading New Life In Everything All The Time
I've felt this before. Uncomfortable. Unsettled. Agitated. It happened every time I was pregnant, especially at the end. Hard to sleep. Hard to breathe. Ready but the time not quite right yet. With my last one I had nerve pain of some sort down one leg all the way until he arrived. I think he… Continue reading Holy Discomfort
Early in my ministry I had books of canned sermon illustrations. You could look up any topic and find a story, joke or charming anecdote. For example, JOY: Jesus and Moses were playing golf.... Thank God I rid myself of all those books. They were terrible. Thank God I learned real life was richer, fuller,… Continue reading joy.
It is a spiritual practice. I check in with myself every day to see how I'm feeling. When I journal every morning, after I review the day that has just passed, I jot down what I know about the current day. Then, I write down what I'm feeling. It is almost always a "mixed grill"… Continue reading Peaceful Butterflies