Books on Tap

The end of February is analogous to reaching Mile 22 of a marathon. You've made it past The Wall, as runners call the point where you think you might die, but there's still a ways to go and you're doubting your abilities to get through this thing. Then your thinking shifts beyond the current pain to the finish line. At the end of the race there'll be bananas, bagels, and probably chocolate milk. You get to eat whatever you want for dinner (Starbucks and Combos, anyone?) because, heck, you … Read More...

At (in)Courage: Weaving the Threads of Change

I have a piece at (in)Courage today! It's a wonderful site that provides a home for the heart of women—I get their daily devotionals sent right to my inbox for some regular encouragement in the Lord. Here's the beginning of the post, just click on the link below and it'll take you to the rest.  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We had just finished remodeling our 1930s-era brick colonial home on a peaceful, tree-lined street … Read More...

A Thing of Beauty

In my pre-teen years, I was a motivated babysitter. I'd make up games, run around in the yard, and clean up the house—determined to earn every dollar. It was never much in the early 1990s, but still I was excited to get my little stash of folded bills when the parents came home. After one particularly long day of babysitting, the mom returned with excitement. "I got you something!" she sang. That was thoughtful of her. "Here it is. It can be your payment for babysitting today," she … Read More...

One Million Thumbprints

I cried myself to sleep last night; it's been a long time since I've done that. Embraced by the power of storytelling; these tears came after reading the reality of war related violence against an Iraqi woman named Amena, which I'll share below. When I hear about Middle-Eastern violence, or African wars, or sex slavery in general, I can too easily write these injustices off as an "over-there problem," but when a name is attached, it becomes very real. I cried out of shame. I cried because … Read More...

My #OneWord2016

One of my very best salvage finds was an old bookcase spotte on a morning run; it was propped against a tree on the side of the road adorned with a "FREE" sign. I could have been scared off by the matte black color and cat hair stuck to it, but the bones were good. It was crafted of solid wood with clean lines, so I imagined that with just a little work, it could be returned to a former glory. I sprinted home to grab my old Volvo to transport the thing, mumbled something quickly to my husband … Read More...

How The Making of a Murderer Challenged My Parenting

  Many people are gaining a fresh perspective on law enforcement, our judicial system, and the way the two are stacked against the underprivileged from the Netflix documentary, The Making of a Murderer—me included. But what surprised me about the show is the ways it gave me pause about how I am raising my kids. More about that in a minute. Until this week, we were among the uninitiated few that weren't following the popular documentary. But hearing the outcries of injustice from … Read More...

What Breastfeeding Is Teaching Me About God

  I know many of you have already heard, but just in case you haven't....I'm at Today's Christian Woman this week with an article on breastfeeding. I am definitely not a militant pro-breastfeeding person, I understand and have personally experienced that it's not always the best choice for mom and baby. But this time, feeding my last little guy—Hudson—has been special for the ways it has drawn me to God. I'd love to have you read the article even if this isn't your season of life. God speaks to … Read More...

One Thing To Lose During Advent

I have felt introverted lately. At least in my on-line presence. I don't want to post on social media much and don't want to blog much. And I couldn't put it into words until someone in my writing group shared this quote recently: “Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells, to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him. For it doesn’t stop at being interested … Read More...

Commit and Trust

I am all over the place with my writing. Do I focus on blogging? Writing articles? Am I supposed to write a book? Pitch to editors? Put together an e-book and gather email addresses for my blog? Am I creating enough of a social media presence? Do I know my nitch? Am I focused? I might be o.k. not having all the answers to these questions if I didn't feel so much emotional turmoil swirling around a hobby I didn't even have three years ago. It would be really nice to package this desire to … Read More...

Holidays for the Hurting: Joy

One of my sweet Redbud sisters is offering us all a gift. 25 Devotions to Help You Heal is a devotional on finding healing in the midst of the hurting that holidays often expose. Take a moment to be quiet and reflect with the excerpt from her book: Joy excerpt from Elisabeth Klein’s Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal I did not want to write today when I saw that the next topic on my list was joy. In fact, I closed the document and went on to do some other tasks and even … Read More...