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On Being Okay with Whatever Happens

On Being Okay with Whatever Happens

One of the biggest challenges of being a Christian – maybe even a human – is relinquishing control. I don’t mean personal control over things like the words we speak, our reactions or behavior, although, those can be challenging too. Rather, it’s the things that […]

What I’ve Learned After Almost 8 Years of Being Estranged from my Adult Child

What I’ve Learned After Almost 8 Years of Being Estranged from my Adult Child

What have I learned from working through estrangement emotions in these past 8 years? More things than I can write in this space, but here are some of the most important:

Using Commas instead of Periods

Using Commas instead of Periods

Use commas instead of periods during the dialogue of your story. I don’t know about you, but particular aspects of my story feel as if they’ve reached an ending.  Or, at the very least, that’s the self-talk swirling around in my mind. “I guess you’ve […]

Change… How DO You Change When Reality is Really Hard?

Change… How DO You Change When Reality is Really Hard?

  When I was growing up, a friend of my parents was driving her daughter to the mall one day.  She and her daughter were enjoying time together, laughing and talking about the kind of prom dress the daughter was looking for, when suddenly, a bicyclist […]

You Don’t Know what You Don’t Know

You Don’t Know what You Don’t Know

The other day my husband and I were talking about some choices that one of our kids was thinking about making, maybe a little too hastily.  It’s hard to tell your kids that life is longer than one day, you know?  Not everything has to be […]

Only God Gets to Define Us

Only God Gets to Define Us

How often do you let others perceived expectations of you define you? I know I have. I know I do. Think hard about it.  Do you let someone’s else’s desires, wishes or hopes for you drive your life?  Has your boss told you that you […]

Help My Unbelief

Help My Unbelief

  Any long-distance plane trip seems to have free seat-back entertainment anymore, but I prefer to spend long flights taking advantage of unadulterated reading time.  Case in point, last week I finished two books, a rarity for me these days. One of the books, Coming Clean: […]

Doing the Hard Things

Doing the Hard Things

I’ve run a couple marathons.  Done some triathlons. Sat silently next to friends whose spouses passed away way too early.  I’ve been up all night night-after-night with sick kids, put beloved animals to sleep, stayed behind to sell houses when my husband’s job transferred him to other […]

When Hope is Hidden

  We’ve all been there.  You might still be there.  Today.  This minute. I am. You’re hoping for something, but you can’t even begin to comprehend how it will ever come to fruition. You want to have hope.  You need to have hope. Hope itself is something […]

How to Deal with Endings

How to Deal with Endings

A few years ago, a family that we spent a lot of time with through homeschooling had to move out of state.  They were pretty well entrenched in the community, their church, and the list of people that were sad to see them go was […]