Joy 360

My friend Julie Holly is an extremely talented writer and blogs at This week I was honored to be a part of her Joy 360 series, reflecting on the topic of joy. I wrote about how I experienced the full extent of joy because of a dark time in my life; when I was […]

Nothing New Under the Sun: What Has Meaning?

So I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes lately. Amazing little book smack in the middle of the Bible. And a couple of verses have been dancing around in my head. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is […]

Moth and Rust

At this time of the year, I’m plagued with the same affliction as the rest of my American friends: “How on earth can I spend my wealth to buy some temporary crap that will make my family happy for like a minute and end up in the Goodwill pile by next Christmas?”  Oh the choices… […]

Clothed in Dignity

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. -Proverbs 31:25 On NPR recently, I heard a story about an abortion demonstration in Texas where abortion supporters wore orange and protestors wore blue. I had deeper thoughts about the content of the story, but one of the peripheral things […]

HerStory: Melissa

Melissa and I met during college, where we both were in the nursing program. We reconnected via social media and she’s been an great encouragement to me with my blog. I think you’ll see she’s passionate about the Lord and her family and eating real food in an age where food has morphed into a […]

The Muscle Memory Trap

My five-year old daughter recently started taking piano lessons. I’m so proud. She is learning a great skill that will hopefully give her a lifetime of joy. After watching one of her lessons, I was inspired to get out some of my old piano pieces and see what I could play, even though I hadn’t […]

HerStory: Meet Kirsten

Kirsten…one of my besties, my soul friend since before kids.  She was one of the first people I could confess ANYTHING to and feel safe about it; so we became accountability partners and the rest was history. Even with all of my moving around the country, we’ve been able to maintain our close friendship, which […]

Faith and Gender: Consider Me a Compligalitarianist

I wasn’t even familiar with the role-defining terms, complementarian and egalitarian, until a couple of years ago. I was married to my best friend, we had our own easy rhythm and a relationship where I always felt equal and respected. We had different roles within our work and home life, but they were mutually agreed […]