Sipping coffee and staring at a wall. This is how my best days begin. I’m incredibly introverted, so my quiet alone time is paramount to filling my energy bucket. The Christmas tree is great on the eyes for this habit, but today it got me thinking the struggle I had this weekend with decorating our … Continue reading Beautifully Imperfect
I’m toying with this thought, a euphemistic play on words, if you will, that’s slowly changing the way I relate to the world. The terms “slowly” and “euphemistic” underscore just how much I’m dreading this process – I’d rather be done already, and use profanity instead of cutesy alliteration to describe the beleaguered process. But … Continue reading Hurt or Hostile.
Today was one of those epically tumultuous days complete with tears and tantrums and bruises - both theirs, and mine. It was the kind of day smeared with regret. And as we're walking out of Costco - where faith in humanity goes to die - I look over and see an older man gripping his … Continue reading No Detours.
I'd be willing to bet that you've recently - perhaps in the last day , or even hour - had a big win of some kind. Maybe it was holding your tongue when you wanted to explode, or making a good choice when a less-than-ideal one would typically take its place. Just so we're clear, … Continue reading The Treadmill To Nowhere
It's okay not to be okay.
"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." - Matt. 18:21 Not too long ago I found myself in a financial ruin. I racked up some significant … Continue reading Acceptance vs. Forgiveness
The concordance in the back of my Bible lacks the term 'failure.' And for the sake of argument that perhaps it's incomplete, Strong's has no mention either. Yet I know I'm not alone in my feelings of failure and questions of how to handle them. A friend recently shared some wisdom about feelings: they're like … Continue reading When Failure Strikes
You can’t see me, but I’m beneath the pile – worn and beat down by the verbiage that screams, “You’re not doing a good enough job.” This is what the word “should” does to me. There’s nothing positive behind it, only the feeling of defeat. Lately, I’ve been purging this word from my vocabulary, and, … Continue reading Should: My New ‘S’ Word
I can say with complete confidence it's harder to parent today than it was for our parents. We are the advanced generation, an era of parents mindful of the total child, this increasingly complex creation with multidimensional needs across a plethora of categories - their socialization, academic enrichment, extracurricular experiences; it's exhausting. My mom? She … Continue reading Grace for striving.
The pastures I’m walking these days feel brown and prickly, full of briars and sandspurs. Dirt and mulch invade my shoes and the stagnant simmer of death and decay itches to my bones. And oh, the list is ever so long in my mind of all I lack. I’m far from the lush landscape outlined … Continue reading Lacking Nothing