Many of you probably already know this about me, but I have several artists under my roof:
My husband, who is a wonderful musician, brilliant mind, and wealth of ideas of all kinds.
My 8 year old daughter, who would spend every waking hour creating things if left to her own devices….
At the risk of being written off by all those wise women and men who are further down the road than me, and at the risk of being written off (or mocked) by all those... Read More
Back in August, during my “birthday retreat,” (which you can read about here or here), I had the great privilege of sharing lunch with one of the monks who lives at St. Benedict’s. Sharing a meal with him affected me more than most sermons have, and I’m so thankful to God that he, in his own words, “disrupted my solitude.” I encountered God through Friar Tom, and I pray God shapes me into a person through whom others can encounter God. Here are a few of things he taught me... Read More
My theme for 2017 is “further up and further in.” I expect many aspects of this theme will emerge and teach me this year, but for now, I’m certain of this: “Further up and further in” means the pursuit of truth. The journey inward toward our true selves is also the journey deeper into who God is. I know God wants to show me... Read More
In 1990, three years after the Berlin wall fell, my dad was at a conference, listening to a man speak about his 17 year ministry behind the iron curtain. After 2 hours of hanging on every word, he asked God what he should give in the offering that was being taken up. He was ready to empty out our checking account, and that’s when he was overcome, doubled over, weeping. To his surprise, he heard God say: “Don’t give a penny. I want you to... Read More
Friends, I'd like you to meet two women. Though they are very different from one another, they each have my respect, and maybe even affection. They are both mothers, yet each has her own expectations for life, and each has her own unique... Read More
I’m coming back to the blank page. If you’ve never written, or don’t know what that’s like, it’s a little like coming to a new year. It feels fresh, new, full of endless possibility, and a little terrifying. The dawning of a New Year brings a time of reflection. Some of us take a moment to read over what’s already been written. We look back on what’s come before, we assess what the... Read More
Two weeks ago today, we embarked on a long-standing tradition: putting up and decorating the Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving. I'll give you a moment to feel all the warm fuzzies that sentence just evoked.
...Ok, there you go. That was your moment. The moment is over. Just as it was for us two weeks ago. Read More