Tagged with grace

Living Wide Awake with Courage

I woke up this morning, glad to be breathing and in my own bed.  I had one of those dreams.  You know the ones where after you wake up, you hug your spouse a little tighter and hold your kids a little closer; thankful the dream is not reality. Fear has a way of gripping us, keeping us tied up … Continue reading

Unwrapping 43

Last week, I celebrated the Big 43.  I remember when I turned 28 for 4 years in a row.  For some reason, the age number bothered me then, but now, not so much.  It’s just a number that counts the years I’ve lived, not how young or old I feel. So to celebrate, I planned … Continue reading

Inside the Packaging

My head was pounding in sync with the foot stomps from the upstairs bedroom. I grabbed the newly purchased ibuprofen bottle; trusting relief would come soon. The box was a generous 3 inches in height, with the bottle inside standing tall at an easy 2 1/2 inches.  I ripped off the plastic wrapper, popped the … Continue reading

The Iron Man Gift of Love

For a while now, Matt has been informing me of his desire to be Iron Man.  He’s in that stage of pretend; everything is real— from cooking meals in his pretend kitchen to driving spaceships through the sky.  Wanting to be Iron Man is just one more desire in the land of pretend. Last week, Emily and I … Continue reading

Fireflies and Stars Above

For the month of July, I am hosting the One Thousand Gifts DVD Bible Study with Ann Voskamp at our church. We’re having fun, crying some good tears and learning to slow down in the midst of life’s chaos. As all good leaders know, preparation is huge if you’re going to do anything well. So … Continue reading

Tired of Giving Up Yet?

We have not yet reached the halfway mark of the Giving Up, yet I have the selfish inclination of wanting to give up! Are we done with this yet…this giving up? How easily I slip back into desiring my own small wants…wanting my own appetites whetted. I question: “Does this really count for anything…this giving … Continue reading