Passing the Torch

Every Monday, Beth & I do a collaborate blog. She is a dear friend and mentor to me. She’s writing about Ruth (tomorrow), but I’m writing about her. Beth had led the women’s ministry at our church for over 20 years. That’s a long time to do ANYTHING. She has served faithfully and humbly in some…

Queen of Hearts

Beth takes a look at Song of Solomon & gives a great explanation here. Look, that book of the Bible makes me uncomfortable. Maybe if people realized how scandalously descriptive it is, there would be a lot less porn and a lot more bible reading. It reads like a romance novel. Danielle Steele’s got nothing…

To My Childless Friends This Mother's Day

Even though I’m celebrating my third Mother’s Day, I want you to know that underneath all the smiles and pictures I’ll be posting on social media, I’m still one of you. The pain of my inability has shaped part of who I am, and I know how you feel. I pray I never forget it,…

To My Childless Friends This Mother’s Day

Even though I’m celebrating my third Mother’s Day, I want you to know that underneath all the smiles and pictures I’ll be posting on social media, I’m still one of you. The pain of my inability has shaped part of who I am, and I know how you feel. I pray I never forget it,…

They Love Who We Love

We have an awesome friend named Steve. He is one of our favorite people. His beautiful wife, Andrea, is wonderful – & all 3 of their now adult children survived us as youth pastors. If I were to create a youth ministry hall of fame – these people would have a huge display. They were…

She Said "No"

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom.  So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his…

She Said “No”

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom.  So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his…

Oh Lordy, Look Who’s 40!

Robert Downey Jr. Denzel Washington. Brad Pitt. George Clooney. What do they all have in common? Besides being household names, they’ve aged gracefully. Further proof of how unfair life is for us ladies. How many actresses have you heard about recently aging well? What’s worse is that we seem to appreciate the distinguished look of…

Valley of the Shadow

I’m starving. As I type this, I’m eating a burger at the Sacramento airport where I board a flight leaving in 90 minutes. I contemplated eating at the fancier place – take myself on a date. But that seemed fiscally irresponsible. But my mind is swirling. I’ve got to get this out. First off, getting…

He Proved Himself

I’ve always had a “I’m going to work hard, be faithful, prove myself & pay my dues” type person. I’ve never felt entitled. I’ve never expected a big break. I’ve never had anything just handed to me (well, besides having an awesome family & friends!) I’ve always been under the impression big breaks seldom happen…

Top 10 Moments When All Is Right With The World

Not in any particular order… 1. When you hit every green light on your way to work, narrowly missing the school bus traffic thus arriving to work with time to spare. 2. When your kids are good in church and you don’t owe anyone an apology. 3. When there’s a break in the rain when…

Hey There, Delilah

I love the way Beth talks about people in the Bible as though she’s met them. She told me she did not care for Samson, and I immediately pictured her at a dinner party with him where he was probably bragging about his feats of strength and she was signaling her husband – you know…