when it’s hard to believe for the best

Yesterday was a day filled with highs and lows, from which I am still both in shock and filled with praise as i process it all. It is hard seeing your child reeling with hurt. One of mine is struggling to show honor in a placement where she has been discouraged and put down byContinue reading “when it’s hard to believe for the best”

imprints

Yesterday was officially Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. Those of us who have lost a child know three key things from our loss: 1. We think about it way more than once a year. 2. We need to talk about it more than once a year. 3. Things have been forever changed. Once aContinue reading “imprints”

one

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,┬áthere is no male and female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 ESV When I hear about people putting losses down by categories, my blood boils. When your loved one leaves you, has cancer, or is shot while at theContinue reading “one”

snapshots along the Way: Betrayed

As I have been rereading the Easter story, I have been struck anew by one word today: betrayed. Jesus was betrayed to His death. That sobering fact is not a simple one, but rather a way more complex than I have ever pondered and mulled over before. Jesus was betrayed. By one of His closesContinue reading “snapshots along the Way: Betrayed”

snapshots along the Way: He Knew

You knew. You knew that the same people who cried Hosanna as You entered Jerusalem were the same ones who would pick up the stones to judge one another’s sin, and nail You to the cross. You knew. You knew we all hide our brokenness under the cover of what we think others want usContinue reading “snapshots along the Way: He Knew”

name the doubt & grab His hem

I am more than a bit timid when it comes to asking God for something i want for myself. In fact, I tend to ask for myself as a tag along, or add on at the end of praying for other people’s needs. Which isn’t a healthy symptom at all. You see, that likely meansContinue reading “name the doubt & grab His hem”

3 ways words pack a wallop

Many of us can recall a time when we were hurt by someone else’s actions. But we likely all can remember a time when someone’s words hurt. Words bypass race, size, religion, gender, class and strike right at the heart of us, often before we know it. There are three ways we can be woundedContinue reading “3 ways words pack a wallop”

beautiful mess

All around Hope is springing up from this old ground Out of chaos life is being found in You.. You make beautiful things out of the dust You make beautiful things out of us Beautiful Things, Tim Neufeld God sees something beautiful in messy, broken me. The same is true of you. God looks atContinue reading “beautiful mess”

touchy touchy

There are moments when we don’t want to be touched. When we want to stay entrenched in our fury, stand on our injustices and refuse to allow the pressure to  release. When we want to be right even though a little voice may be poking us to tell us we aren’t. When we have lostContinue reading “touchy touchy”

forgive me note

Today, its time to write something fairly raw and honest. I had to write a note and forgive someone today. That person was me. I still struggle with being too hard on myself. I have grace for everyone else, but me. As I did this exercise tonight with my small group, i had a breakContinue reading “forgive me note”