I love August. This month usually breezes past us, which is good since those fluttering calendar pages are about the only breeze many of us get. But along with the warm temperatures, August also gives us a glimpse of the fall.
I can hear the marching band practicing at the local high school. The evenings turn cooler. The mountains here in Virginia are lush and green and the weedy undergrowth is fading into fall colors. I enjoy these simple pleasures, and then my mind wanders.
Like clouds before a summer thunderstorm, my “to-do’s” and concerns accumulate and darken my mind. Before long I’m fretting and dreading, longing for the beginning of summer when my schedule was lighter. Then I’m grumbling and complaining.read more
I’m still in the midst of re-entry from my stay in the West Bank, and I’m so thankful for your prayers and concern. Our team is especially grateful for your ongoing prayers for the conflict in the Holy Land. As I tell everyone who asks, it’s far more complicated than westerners can understand. There are good and not-so-good people on both side of the conflict, so please be careful to pray for peace for BOTH sides. Also pray for changed hearts.
I’m breaking my online sabbatical to share a little piece of my personal story on a friend’s site. Here’s a snippet:
I sat stock-still in the ornate Presbyterian sanctuary with my best friend Lisa. I gawked at the palm branch she shoved in my hand. “You’re supposed to wave it,” she whispered.
I’d spent my entire ten years of life in church, but never once waved a palm branch. I raised it high, following along and mentally piecing together the familiar Palm Sunday story. I turned my gaze from palm branches to stained glass windows to shiny organ pipes suspended above the platform. “So this is the way everyone else does church,” I mused.read more
I’m on my way back to the Holy Land!
Many of you have been praying for our trip with FCA and I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU.
I’ll be there with my dad and a group of college students helping run FCA sports camps. Many of you know that Israel is just about my favorite place in the world, and I’m over-the-moon excited to be going back this time to spend time in the West Bank.
We have many prayer requests.read more
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I appreciate those of you who’ve asked about my absence. I’m humbled, actually.
To be honest, I needed a break from all the cybernoise. (To some degree, I still do.)
While on that break, I wrote quite a bit. I also read quite a bit and I’ll be sharing some of those books with you here on the site. I’ll also be sharing some guest posts and other random thoughts/friends as I prayerfully consider my posting schedule in the days to come.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen that I’ve got some exciting news for June. I’m also celebrating some exciting news with my friend Michelle DeRusha.read more
Losing a parent is hard.
The reality that the person who brought you into this world, who nurtured you, who helped you chart your course through life and who trained you up in the way you should go is GONE.
There is so very much to process. The programmer in me can’t help but compare it to the operating system of my iPhone: it’s as if a dozen apps suddenly launched and started running in the background, all of them vying for their time in the foreground. Notifications, Alerts, Pop-ups, etc.
It’s constant.read more
I’m tired of waiting.
I recently had foot surgery, so I’m hobbling around in a boot waiting for my foot to heal.
My son moved 7 hrs from home and we can’t schedule a visit until February.
We need some repair work done around the house, but we can’t start until (1) we have the funds, and (2) the weather breaks.
I find myself thinking, “I can’t wait until…”read more
I’m sporting a not-so-stylish accessory these days.
After spending the better part of 2013 searching for relief from my foot pain, I had surgery (Jan 9th). The first week was painful, but thankfully I’m on the mend and off my crutches.
The boot, I’m afraid, is here to stay for a while.
It’s all-good and will be worth it when I’m back to exercising in the spring, hopefully without pain. In the meantime, I’m schlepping this crazy boot. Believe it or not, this thing preaches to me.read more
I have a knack of turning something sobering into something silly.
I don’t mean to. Really. I know it’s important to be fully present and feel the weight of the moment, but for some reason my contemplative self passes the baton to my snarky self and off she goes.
One of the most sobering things of late has been my mom’s stroke. Few things upend your family’s world like a stroke does.
For years I recorded prayer requests of stroke victims and their families. And I prayed for them, but I had no idea what they went through.
Now I do.
Now I know some of the struggles and decisions and heartaches. I also know you can find joy where you least expect it. Like in the emergency room.read more
I realize I’m way late, but things have been crazy lately.
Several things were different during the holidays and we were missing some of our favorite folks. But we had many of our favorites with us, and WE had lots of fun! We’re truly grateful for that.
These days my fun is restricted. I had some elective foot surgery last week, so I’m hobbling around and doing my best to keep my foot elevated. My immediate future includes crutches and a not-so-stylish fracture boot.
I’ll continue blogging, but with a twist.read more
So life was humming along ok. Things smoothed out since the summer busyness. I decompressed from my mission trip to Guatemala. I sorted through most of the stuff from Allume, and hoped to get into a groove with my writing. Smooth sailing through the holidays and start the new year with fresh vision and purpose!
In a 10-day period,
My son was transferred to a new job seven hours away.
My mother-in-law had a cardiac episode we feared was a heart attack.
My mother had a stroke.
Not a whole lot of smooth, especially those last two.read more
I felt like an awkward sophomore who found herself at the senior lunch table.
Everyone seemed to know each other, old friends hugging and chatting about things I had no knowledge of. A heavy heart-loneliness settled over me as I scanned the room for familiar faces.
I feel that way at every conference, even at Allume.read more
This is a test post.
I had an issue last week with my feed. If you visited my site, you didn’t see anything unusual. If you receive my posts by email or read on Feedly, you saw something quite unusual!
Somehow my feed was hacked, which caused me to suspend posting until we could figure out the problem. Hopefully we’re making progress and this post will be ad-free. The next step will be working and reinstalling the design elements.
In the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, “It’s always something.”read more