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?

How To Know The Story’s Not Over

I am the most ridiculous person to watch a movie with. I get so wrapped up in the character's lives, I don't even know where I am. I make friends with the hero and heroine. I laugh when they laugh. I cry when they cry. Their story is mine too. When I was 16, my … Continue reading How To Know The Story’s Not Over

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

Two Traits You Absolutely Must Possess If You Want to Fulfill Your Calling

{In honor of the release of Called To Come Alive, we are talking about calling all week on the blog. Today I am pleased to introduce Andrew Gilmore as my guest. He's a blogger friend of mine with a passion for the Bible, and how it practically applies to our lives. He's not preachy though - he … Continue reading Two Traits You Absolutely Must Possess If You Want to Fulfill Your Calling

What Your Response To Someone Else’s Success Says About You

It was almost two years ago the night I stayed late after our small group to chat with my friend. As we stood in her living room, I noticed the good-news smile on her face. Before she spoke, I already knew what she would say. The problem: I didn't quite want to hear it. "We're … Continue reading What Your Response To Someone Else’s Success Says About You

Will The Next Mr. Mandela Please Stand Up?

When I was born, Mr. Mandela was still in prison serving a life sentence with other anti-apartheid activists. And he would be there for nine more years. I didn't know about him and his fight when I was still young, didn't know he sat in jail for 27 years while the country brawled around him. … Continue reading Will The Next Mr. Mandela Please Stand Up?

Why We Are So Tired Right Now

There's a trend going around lately, and I don't like it. Its a trend of severe, pandemic exhaustion. Talking with co-workers, friends and family, I hear the same familiar laments. We are all tired. For much of the year, Josh and I felt this way. This year beat us up pretty bad, but we stayed … Continue reading Why We Are So Tired Right Now

People Who See The Past and Future You

I am one of those lucky people who seems to have friendships that never end. My bridesmaids were nearly all women I'd known and been close with for the better part of a decade, if not longer. And we are all still friends. L-R: Ingrid, Holly (my sister), Jen, Ica, Rachel and Jazzy. [Photo credit: … Continue reading People Who See The Past and Future You

When It Seems Like God Can’t Be Trusted

It's already been three weeks since I announced my pregnancy with our second baby. I've been thrilled about the news and the process - pregnancy is such a crazy mystery to me. But this has also been one of the most difficult seasons of my life. I've had to fight so many times to believe … Continue reading When It Seems Like God Can’t Be Trusted