It’s not about the chocolate.

3 ways to love your mate, your neighbor, your squad

Whether you fall prey to the romance of Valentine’s Day—or despise the very same—at the heart of it is the expression of love from one to another. As an expressive person in general, I like the notion of Valentine’s day as a time set apart to tell or show people that I love them. So […]

When tragedy strikes, Alongside is a valuable tool.

after death of student, a college community comes alongside

The phone rang late on a weeknight, and I heard my son’s cracked voice on the other end of the line.  “Mom, a sophomore girl at school took her life tonight.”  The words just hung there as I tried to process this tragic news.  My thoughts immediately went to her parents—oh the sorrow! My son […]

What I learned at the Wall.

reflections from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem

In 2018 America, the word wall immediately sparks a connotation with Donald Trump’s promise to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  Mention of this wall creates political tension and a vast array of opinions…or possibly great comedic fodder if you’re a late night television host. But long before Trump’s 2016 campaign […]

When God says Go, we can’t say No.

What I learned about obedience from serving in a natural disaster

I made the fated phone call on the long drive home from dropping my daughter at college to begin her Freshman year. In hindsight, maybe my timing wasn’t the best!  I was drained physically and emotionally – goodness knows we’d been preparing for that day for the better part of a year.  What I wanted […]

The end of ourselves.

Guest post for (in)courage online magazine

  I’ll never forget the day of my dad’s funeral. I was slated to deliver one of two eulogies in his honor. Never had I felt so depleted—physically, emotionally or spiritually. As the service progressed, I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to walk to the front of the church, much less deliver my remarks […]

Sowing in tears.

A letter to all the mamas sending kids off to college.

Dear precious friend and mama, I see you.  In the aisles of Target conversing with your daughter as she pleads with you to buy her that frivolous fuzzy pillow, that designer comforter and every “dorm room must have” on the end caps throughout the store. I see you.  In the aisles of Bed, Bath, and […]