What do you do when you’ve tried everything?

Have you ever had a dream that you try to make happen on your own but it just won't work? You try everything you know to do: you apply, you work-work-work, you pray, you talk to people who have done it, you cry yourself to sleep and shout at the ceiling, you give up and try … Continue reading What do you do when you’ve tried everything?

Good Guys, Bad Guys and A Long-Overdue Apology

{A little over a year ago, I organized a #BlackLivesMatter protest in my city and preached a message on racial equality in my church. Some of what I said alienated my white friends, which I have been reluctant to address. I cannot back down on my position defending racial equality, but I see now that my … Continue reading Good Guys, Bad Guys and A Long-Overdue Apology

When You’re Terrified of Not Having Enough {& A Different Kind of Giveaway}

I think I’ve always been anxious about money. At least I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. It started young, a fear that something would go wrong, fear that our old Buick station wagon would break down, fear that even what we had was not enough. I made it through four years of college … Continue reading When You’re Terrified of Not Having Enough {& A Different Kind of Giveaway}

This Is Not How I Thought Life Would Go: A Letter to My 20 Year Old Self

Dear Sarah, the 20 year old, the one who thinks she is going to marry her boyfriend and move to Mexico for missions work, yea, you were wrong. Very wrong.  You're 33 now, and you thought you would be further along. More accomplished. More successful.  You thought there would be more in your bank account. You thought … Continue reading This Is Not How I Thought Life Would Go: A Letter to My 20 Year Old Self

Why Not Tell Yourself The Truth?

We are always talking to ourselves. But the conversation is mostly laced with deception. With small white lies and rationalizations. And even more, with stories and fables about who God is and what he thinks about us. In my fantasy, God is mad. Still mad at me for that one thing. Or all those things. And so … Continue reading Why Not Tell Yourself The Truth?

Don’t Say No For God

When I was only five, I promised my missionary friend, Paul, who served in his native country in west Asia, that I would join him one day in his orphanage and serve in missions. From that moment on, overseas missions was the adventure I dreamed of, a hope I could clearly see all through my school years. As … Continue reading Don’t Say No For God

How To Kick The Ultimate Creativity Killer

Today, Holly and Kari over at Dreadlocks and Goldilocks are returning the hospitality and having me over for a visit. They are in a series on creativity, so join me over there, will you? My mom used to tell me she wasn't creative, but no one believed her. She finished a Master Gardener program about … Continue reading How To Kick The Ultimate Creativity Killer

The Problem With Being Good At Things

Today we're hearing from Holly Pennington, a new blogger pal of mine. She is sharing a powerful perspective on the detours we run into when we think our skills should be our gifts and passions, and she dives into brave territory as she discusses how using our gifts sometimes means we don't need God. Her questions are really making me think. … Continue reading The Problem With Being Good At Things

It’s Always Opposite Day In Hell

I've been meaning to tell you this for a while, but hell was beating me up. Just like it's been beating you up. I finally got ahead in the past several days, but I am tired. It is 2:00 in the morning as I write today, the first time I've been simultaneously awake, coherent and … Continue reading It’s Always Opposite Day In Hell