Twenty minutes alone feels like…..

Twenty minutes alone feels like…..

Torture. Guilt. Awkward. Confusing. These were some of the answers shared in response to taking 20 minutes to reflect on self-care this morning at my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting this morning.  “I don’t know what do do with myself” one mom commented while others nodded in agreement. The preschool years are insane in the … Continue reading

Radioactive Writerman

Radioactive Writerman

This coming Monday I am going to look a little bit like this picture of Spiderman.  Not slinging webs, not fighting bad guys or upside-down kissing anyone while I hang from a building.  Just sitting, writing and being radioactive. Recently I found out that my thyroid was messed up with hypothroidism and that I’d have … Continue reading

Priesthood of All Believers?

Priesthood of All Believers?

This has been a difficult post for me to write.  I feel caught between what I read in scripture. What I have been told is normative and what I have personally experienced. A few years ago I read Alan Hirsch’s book The Forgotten Ways. It blew my mind for about six months and I was reeling … Continue reading

You Don’t Look like a Christian

You Don’t Look like a Christian

It’s Ash Wednesday. And likely that you’ve seen some folks around town who appear unhygienic but in reality have had ashes imposed on their foreheads to signify the beginning of Lent- the 40 days leading up to Easter.   A friend recently commented to me- “If I saw you in a crowded restaurant I wouldn’t … Continue reading

Loving Mercy, One Month Out

Loving Mercy, One Month Out

One month ago today, as I stood on the Dome floor at Urbana 12 and filled the orange World Vision bag with bars of soap, latex gloves, washcloths, and anti-bacterial cream, I thought about my sister-in-law Rachel…. To keep reading, check out this my guest post at InterVarsity’s blog Loving Mercy, One Month Out.

Technicolor Jesus

Technicolor Jesus

“I just want to hear God. To know how he’s speaking to me” she said tearfully, looking at the ground her shoulders slumped in defeat and frustration….. Check out the rest of my guest post at Gabbing with Grace….I’m psyched to be posting there today!

Tweeting for Jesus

Tweeting for Jesus

In my blog brain backup I wanted to share about tweeting for Jesus with 16,000 people at the Urbana Mission Convention this past December 27-31st.  Below is a more in depth article written by Adam Jeske who lead our super social media squad: Tweeting For Jesus One of the other cool things was that our #U12 … Continue reading

the tragedy that became profoundly personal

the tragedy that became profoundly personal

Scared, excited, nervous.  I remember feeling all of those things when I was pregnant with my first son. But it wasn’t until I could feel the flutter of Reuben’s movement inside me that it became real- “I am having a baby. A baby is growing inside of me.” One of the most common experiences for … Continue reading

My heart is so easily trampled

My heart is so easily trampled

Demons make people do crazy things. Things like trample a man to death to get a good deal on a plasma screen TV at Walmart on black friday. Things like make people go into crazy amounts of consumer debt to buy gifts and keep the illusion that they aren’t financially strapped this Christmas. Things like … Continue reading