We’re revisiting some old stomping grounds this week. Coming back to a place that’s familiar as breathing. A place where children were born and grew, a place where transitions happened in life and work. A place that is strange and familiar like a long lost friend whose face you didn’t immediately recognize. A place where… Read More It's Hard Having Served a Healthy Church Community
Today began with a bent for leather run to Walmart. When you wake up and remember that it’s the last day of school and your child has said they wanted to get their teacher a present, that’s what you do. Because your child has a giving nature. Despite the bumps and ups and downs your… Read More Last Day of School Offerings
Social Media is not good bedtime reading. With the glowing screen illuminating my face, I am privy to the fun and thoughts of my friends and ‘friends’, my followers and followed. I catch up and catch on to the trending world of opinion, supported and not supported (“It’s my opinion so it doesn’t actually have… Read More Don't let the Sun go Down on Your Social Media Anger
My mother wasn’t the sort of parent to offer me catch phrases in order to inspire changes in my behaviour. She would lovingly guide me through life with kind words and explanations. But there was one phrase that she would use to inspire and motivate (to thwart complaining and move us to working). “You don’t… Read More We Work to Eat
It’s an old old story. Boy sees girl, Girl is wearing tight fitting/revealing clothing, Boy cannot help it, he ‘stumbles’ and the cycle of sexual sin winds down it’s merry path. And in church circles it seems like it has always been this way. Women are (un?)intentional temptresses, goddesses of body and beauty. Men are… Read More It's About More than Cleavage in Church
I couldn’t believe it. I. COULD. NOT. BELIEVE. IT! The crinkle of her wrapper, the blatant slurping of her straw as she waltzed over to the garbage can. The thunk of her insubordination drumming the bottom of the metal can. THE NERVE! Right there, out in the open, for everyone to see. She was eating… Read More The Heresy of Food in the Library
My mother in law once gave me a piece of phenomenal advice. “Do something fun every day.” It was during a time when life didn’t feel very fun. Most of my day was spent in worrying about the future and processing the past. Worry for my kids (who were doing fine), worry for my husband… Read More Have You had Your Break Today?
There never seems to be enough time, enough space, enough help, enough helping, never enough of those things we know we should do but can’t seem to find the time to do. Our culture tells us to have me time, tells us to sacrifice all for our friends or children, tells us to plug in… Read More Can We Balance Service and Self?
Socks breed in my house. I find them everywhere. Crumpled up, scrunched up balls of worn and sad behind bathroom doors, under couches, in front of televisions. Socks, socks, Everywhere! Sometimes I pick them up unthinkingly and without notice. Sometimes I pick them up, left eye twitching, nostrils flared, fingers pinching and flared in my… Read More Socks are Not Just Socks
Is it ok to admit there are parts of the Bible that discourage me? Because when I look at the reality and balance of my own life and compare it to some of the hopes and dreams God has for me in the Bible, I get discouraged. Discouraged at the disconnect between my everyday and… Read More The Freedom in Fruitfulness