We are in a global pandemic in which approximately 792,000 people worldwide have died from COVID-19. Our country is in the middle of an unbelievable Presidential election season and we are dealing with the rising awareness of systemic racism on a national scale. In my home state of California, we are in our sixth month … More I am loved even when my world is on literal fire.
“You can’t fast-forward an apple (or a strawberry). Fruit grows slow.” When I stumbled across this image on Caroline’s Instagram story, my jaw dropped. It was like God wanted me to be scrolling Instagram that morning! Yep—I said it. God can use Instagram. You’re welcome. If you’ve been following me a little while, you know … More We can’t rush God or God’s process.
Much to my chagrin, quantum physicists have not yet achieved physical teleportation. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s being seriously researched or tested except by a handful of incredibly hopeful and enthusiastic teenagers in someone’s garage laboratory. If you’re one of those folks—please send me your research or a kickstarter link. I have money … More Your spiritual life is a process, not a destination.
For far too long, I have been hiding something. I’ve wanted to share it with you and talk about it, but it’s never been the right moment. Besides, I’ve been swamped. It’s still there though, I have it right here in my heart. It has been waiting to come out and feel the warmth of … More Avoiding my calling is like wearing an itchy, wool sweater.
If you have a handful of tomato seeds, you have a lot of potential to grow tomatoes. If you never place the seeds in the ground, all you will ever have is a handful of potential. If you put a seed in the ground and walk away, it might grow. It might not. The degree … More Results come after you start.
Five years ago, I was emerging from the fog of healing after a hurtful church experience. It was a long time ago and I am not going to rehash anything or name any names, but I will say this: I’ve changed. God changed me. I am not the same woman I was before. During my … More Change is not always inevitable—it’s a choice.
I grew up in the church. Baptized, confirmed, married, and involved. I endeavor to worship God with my whole life, but I highly value the practice of corporate worship. Every week, until two months ago, Chris and I would wake up the inhabitants of our home, get ready, and go to church. We would worship … More Reimagine. Hope*Writer Writing Challenge Day 7
So—I used to enjoy baking fun gluten free treats often. I haven’t done it as much in recent years (except gluten free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies because—duh). Anyway, I must’ve gotten bitten by the COVID-19 “do-something-bug” because I wanted to reconnect with my baking roots. Like—today. So—I decided to make a gluten free almond cherry … More Reconnect. Hope*Writer Writing Challenge Day 6
Earlier this week during a staff meeting, my pastor and friend, David encouraged us to resist the urge to judge our colleagues and congregation members. He was referencing the standard practice of viewing our own perspective as more holy or Christlike than another’s and he was asking us to acknowledge that we have people on … More Rest. Hope*Writer Writing Challenge Day 5
There are several activities I’ve adopted in my weekly routine that restore my soul. Some of those are reading the same passage of scripture over and over, sitting in complete quiet and meditating on the person of God, writing a note to a friend, laughing hysterically with my husband, and taking a nap. Now, more … More Restore. Hope*Writer Writing Challenge Day 4