We have to respond to things that life brings our way on a daily basis. We respond to questions, problems, injustices, and the way others behave. Some would simply say this is our reaction, but reactions don’t always include response. I can hear something that stirs me without responding. Yet, response is part of life. [...]
I have a small addiction. I admit it. My drug of choice is coffee. A socially acceptable drug of course, fueled by my morning need for a boost of caffeine and my evening desire for a warm, relaxing, beverage. Like most addicts, I have someone who enables me. My oldest daughter is a barista at [...]
Is there anyone else who absolutely hates that saying? I hate it. Hands down one of the worst saying ever. Kids will be kids? What does that mean, exactly? It seems like an excuse for bad behavior. Our kids are disobeying in front of others and we say, “Well, kids will be kids.” With a [...]
Do you like scary stories? I guess I have one for you. The other night, I was home alone. Something extremely rare. In fact, I cannot remember the last time it happened. To be honest, I really, really, enjoyed it. I did not have to check school work, break up arguments, or find acceptable food [...]
In the past year I have started a new hobby: running. I always believed that in order to run, you had to be fast. Running was always a sport, something that athletes did. They ran races and competed to be the fastest. That’s it. Just a competition. All about speed. I always thought it would [...]
It's time we stopped focusing on keeping busy with service and started focusing on the One we serve.
I am once again reminded how untrustworthy and fleeting our feelings can be. As I sat writing an email to a new friend, I quickly found that I was caught up in past feelings as I explained my backstory. Feelings should really be a four-letter word. They are not to be trusted. It's true, God [...]
Let our faith be genuine and true, not empty and plastic.
Hope. We need it. It's defined as a feeling of expectation, a desire for a certain thing to happen, or a feeling of trust. We're living in a time where things are uncertain. People are fearful of what tomorrow might bring. They are anxious, panicked, and their thoughts are weighed down with negative thinking. They [...]
And just like that, the darkness vanished. Confusion turned to amazement. Sadness turned to joy. Words previously spoken, were now made clear. His words were not empty promises or fairytale ideation. They were truth. The cruelest of deaths and the harshest of penalties was paid on our behalf. He carried our sin, our failure, our [...]