When It’s Dark and You Need Light

When It’s Dark and You Need Light

Hello friends, I somehow like to begin my posts to you with this greeting. It puts me in the mindset that I’m not just putting words out there into the great internet world but instead I’m talking to you. You are more stable. You are more interesting. And you are who I’m talking to. It’s … Continue reading

When Your Life Feels Small

When Your Life Feels Small

Dear Friends, I was recently emailing back and forth with an advisor at a university. For a required course, they listed either “Discipleship/Mentoring” or “Theology of Compassion.” I emailed the person back and said, “I have been in ministry for 25 years, is there any kind of credit for life experience?”  She responded back, “Of … Continue reading

The Beginning of Lent and Not Having It My Way

The Beginning of Lent and Not Having It My Way

Lent begins today, a 40-day journey toward Easter. I didn’t grow up in the tradition of practicing Lent.  It’s only been in the last 10 years I have paid attention to the idea of giving something up, laying something down or limiting myself in an area of excess in my life. I’m currently reading the … Continue reading

Finding Beauty in a Cloud-Covered Sky

Finding Beauty in a Cloud-Covered Sky

We’re beginning another grey and cloud-covered day here. My little corner of the world ranks just above Seattle for sunny days in a year. We sit at 155 sunny days and Seattle averages 152. That means close to half the days in my world are overcast and cloudy. Rain, snow, sleet or hail falls an … Continue reading

Learning to Shift our Focus

Learning to Shift our Focus

Dear Friends, In this small world of blogging and writing I have met some wonderful people.  Abby McDonald is one of them. I’m not sure when we came across each others writing path but it’s been a few years and my life is enriched by knowing her, even if it’s just through our writing and … Continue reading

How To Find Rest When We’re Worn Out

How To Find Rest When We’re Worn Out

After a long exhausting day, I lit a candle and settled in for a quiet evening. Weariness from the day weighed on my mind and too many things pulled for my attention. There were too many needs for one soul to meet or carry alone. Some days, it’s all too much and we can’t get … Continue reading

Quitting Before We Get Started

Quitting Before We Get Started

In middle school. I ran track. I wasn’t very good. I know this because my coach always placed me third on the relay team. He also put me in long distance, which didn’t work out and hurdles scared me. Besides shot put and long jump, sprinting was my other option. For one particular race I … Continue reading