When Church Hurts

True confession:  Sometimes church people are rude.  Am I allowed to say that? God, I hope so. I desperately long for a place where I can sort it all out.  I need to make sense of the pain.  I am trying very hard to move past the wounds.  Are you? I am not mad.  Nor … Continue reading When Church Hurts

Desperately Seeking: Really Great Rest Stops

Please allow first my sincerest apologies to those of you who witnessed my fall from the face of the earth.  I've spent much of the year in fierce pursuit of an unshakable stir to unplug.  To which end- finally- I'm uncovering a most valuable life lesson. It probably begins with the fact that most of … Continue reading Desperately Seeking: Really Great Rest Stops

From Overwhelm to Simple Possibility

Has the overwhelm set in?  Just start somewhere. In a way, that's what I'm doing here.  With these words and this task.  The ideas have come and gone.  So has the energy they bring with them.  Can you relate? Maybe you've had it in your head to do all these things with the shiny new … Continue reading From Overwhelm to Simple Possibility

Lessons From The Lipstick Saga

Lately I've been making an effort in ways I'd forgotten.  My friend Lorrie playfully attests that she's nothing without her lipstick.  I didn't get her permission to say that, but I don't think she'll mind.  (You can can catch Lorrie saying fun stuff like that somewhere in the land of https://www.LorrieT.com/  That's her playground, and … Continue reading Lessons From The Lipstick Saga

Your First Aid Kit For Surviving Embarrassment

I wasn't kind.  In a knee-jerk flash, the words had spilled from my mouth.  To bring them back was impossible.  I scurried and scrambled in my failings to fix what I'd fractured.  I confessed that I was worried I had embarrassed the person I spoke so carelessly to, but what's truer is that I had … Continue reading Your First Aid Kit For Surviving Embarrassment

How To Find Your People

Do you have people? This question matters, and I'll tell you why.  It's for times like this. The last couple weeks, I haven't had it in me to do a lot of showing up.  But I haven't had to.  My people did the showing up for me.  The relationships God has been building, before I … Continue reading How To Find Your People

Doctor’s Orders For The Busy Soul

Do you feel too reliant on other people's ideas to have great ideas of your own?  I know I do.  Listen.  I'm a Jesus-loving, self-denying, proud-to-be-available for all the others aunt.  And sister.  And daughter.  And friend.  I love all that.  I really do.  But all of that keeps me really busy.  And sometimes I … Continue reading Doctor’s Orders For The Busy Soul

Would You Dream A Little Dream With Me?

You stand at the threshold of your life in action.  It's already in motion. We've been talking about the invitations, and we've identified some factors that prevent us from showing up for them.  These factors in all their forms are shaped by fear in some way.  I hope we've discovered by now that fear is … Continue reading Would You Dream A Little Dream With Me?

How To Find The Invitations Hidden In Fear

The invitations are everywhere.  We've been invited to God's very best.  There is a bouncer who calls Himself fear, and he's scary.  Or she is.  At first she seems nice.  As crazy as it is, I think that we're friends.  It's a mystery to me because she never lets me in.  I guess secretly, I … Continue reading How To Find The Invitations Hidden In Fear

Can A Stolen Phone Be A Gift From God?

It's a Saturday night, and the power is out in my home due to storms.  I'm at work.  I decide to charge my phone there before I go home.  I return to find the charger right where I left it.  There just isn't a phone attached to the end of it. I'll be honest.  I'm … Continue reading Can A Stolen Phone Be A Gift From God?