How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Waiting for God is hard work. Throughout my adult life I have spent long, painful seasons waiting for God to bring… Over and over, I have cried with the the … Continue reading How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Why Haitians?

This morning, on the 8th anniversary of the catastrophic Haitian earthquake, I did something I hope none of you ever has to do. I told my daughters that the President … Continue reading Why Haitians?

Mother’s Day and The Broken Road

Mother’s Day. For the moms who can’t slap #blessed on everything- this is for you. Motherhood. I have been doing this gig for 22 years now- 5 kids of my … Continue reading Mother’s Day and The Broken Road

New Free Devotionals at Christianity Today

Do you need some quiet for your soul? I am so proud to have helped write the latest volume in Shelia Walsh’s popular devotional series, 5 Minutes with Jesus! Check … Continue reading New Free Devotionals at Christianity Today

Pain with a Purpose (and the perils of Spring sports season)

This week I have driven one thousand miles in three afternoons without ever leaving the boundaries of my small town (or at least it feels like it). What I do … Continue reading Pain with a Purpose (and the perils of Spring sports season)

The Abbey of Gethsemani

The Prosperity Gospel at 2:30am

I awakened last night at 2:30 am sick, literally sick, over one I love- one who has wandered too close to the edge of the darkness, and now as I … Continue reading The Prosperity Gospel at 2:30am

Netflix? Chocolate? Nah, Forgive.

You have to be kidding me! Ever felt like that? You come face to face with betrayal so outrageous that you are just left a little bit shell shocked for … Continue reading Netflix? Chocolate? Nah, Forgive.

The Remedy of Remembrance- Pondering the Decalogue During Lent

Years ago, I had a tiny Yorkshire Terrier, and for reasons I can’t fathom or remember now, I named her Whitney. Such an absurd name for a dog. I remember … Continue reading The Remedy of Remembrance- Pondering the Decalogue During Lent

What If…

What if… You looked into the darkest places.  The moments seared by grief.  The long, weary nights, drenched in tears.  What if… You paused in front of the gaping moments … Continue reading What If…

Pride>Character

This morning, I was in a difficult set during my swim. I started out strong, but as the laps piled up I began to get tired. Soon, my arms were … Continue reading Pride>Character

Satisfy Us in the Morning

This morning as I sit on the front porch with Alastor the Rescue Mutt, he is serene and watchful and I am deeply weary.    I have been running too … Continue reading Satisfy Us in the Morning

Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995

If I could hop into the Tardis with The Doctor and go back twenty years to give myself one piece of parenting advice, it would be this: Delight in your … Continue reading Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995