“We really don’t fit in anywhere, do we?” I finally admitted it out loud to my husband. We never quite fit the mold provided for us by society. Looking back over the years we’ve been married, we have tended to run from the mold, which has made it difficult for us to feel as though we belong anywhere..."
Loving Well When I'm Stuck in a Season of Disappointments
“I seem to miss encouraging words and deeds when I’m stuck in a season of perpetual disappointments. It’s as though my head becomes stuck in the sand of discouragement, and nothing anyone says or does can get my head unstuck. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I want to remain in that ostrich-like pose. After all, it is comfortable, safe, familiar. Other times, I think it’s because no matter what encouraging words or deeds others say to me, it never ends up being enough to stem the pain disappointments bring..."
5 Ways I Found God in the Middle of Struggle
"When I think about gratitude, I can’t help but look back on the times I’ve struggled most in my life and how God has worked through people to teach me about his goodness, compassion, and grace. As I am able to process each struggle, I intentionally look for where God was in the midst of each moment and almost every time, I see his provision, comfort, care, compassion, goodness, and love revealed to me through those around me..."
Everyday Ordinary Story: Life is in the Messy Bits
An older woman was once asked by her grandson, “Wouldn't you have loved to skip over the messy bits of your life to this beautiful moment we find ourselves in right now? She laughed and shook her head as she said, "Oh honey, life IS the messy bits." How often have I wanted to skip over the rough, painful, and tedious moments in life to get to the exciting, more peaceful, or comfortable life I long for..?
How God Whispered Healing in my Soul-Cry Moment
“The last few years have been a tough journey, requiring me to deconstruct false narratives I’ve believed about God and myself. I’ve been diving into my shame, and removing my various masks. But as I look back, I now see fruit bubbling up from the pain I’ve faced. The hardest narrative for me is believing I am enough..."
Choosing Brave in the Face of Rejection
"Instead of announcing who made the team, we're going to hand out envelopes as you leave today to let you know whether you made the team or not because only one of you didn't make it." I rose from where I was seated with the other girls on the high school gym floor who tried out for the freshman softball team, feeling a knot in my stomach. I met eyes filled with pity as I reached for the threatening white envelope, and I knew I was the one who did not make the team..."