To the Point // The debate

Being kind is not trivial. Listening matters. Thinking before you speak is always appropriate. No matter who you are intending to vote for or what topics matter most, we can all agree last night’s presidential debate was awful. I do not know who wins in an all-out chaotic battle of incoherent words, bullying, and throwing…

Must Watch // What if we were real?

If you listen to Christian music or watched American Idol back in the day, you know Mandisa. She is a power house singer, faithful Believer, and a savvy business woman.  She is also single. On her YouTube show “What If We Were Real?”, the recent topic has been about dating and relationships. As a single…

I need you

“I need you.” Have you ever prayed this simple, honest, vulnerable prayer? Just as in your relationships with family and friends, speaking your need out loud can help others know how you are truly doing, know when to reach out, and will break down the wall so many of us construct to maintain independence and…

Connection

“Be invited. Sit together for a meal. Share our hearts and be understood… Do fun things together. Cry together. Hug each other… Be known.”1 We all have yearned for these things, possibly even more keenly during our time of quarantine. Whether we realize it or not, our hearts’ desire is for connection. We may think…

Compassion

“COMPASSION means ‘to suffer with’. Not pity. Not sympathy. Not saving. But co-suffering. It’s a visceral desire to be with each other in the pain and a vital longing for new possibilities together.” // Jay & Katherine Wolf, Hope Heals Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,…

Weary on my knees

This past week has been brutal. With the compounding of the fatigue from quarantine regulations, grief of loss during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty of a second wave and the desire for some kind of contented normalcy, what was already a volatile part of our country has been lit with gasoline and blown into…

Love defined – Agape Part 1

The other day, I was reading a devotional about love, based upon the ever-famous “Love” chapter in the Bible. Even though I have read this chapter over a hundred times in my life, I broke down in tears reading a particular verse in the passage. Whether the reaction was because of this season of tightly-wound…

REVISIT // Human love

It has been a true blessing to write this blog over the last 19 months. I started it out of the outpouring of God’s redemptive love and leading. I continue it as I find power in the written word. In the sharing of stories and experience, moments in life that seem to not have value…

Anchor

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you….

A year

Today is one year since my mom passed. I do not have words of wisdom or personal insights to share this day, but I have found some quotes & scripture that acknowledge feelings I have had over this first year of life without Mom and the loss that most acutely acquaints me with grief. “It’s…