Joy & sadness

Today was one of those days when joy and sadness crash into each other, and create a place of softening and empathy and connection. A family friend’s Celebration of Life(funeral) was this morning & will be one remembered for a long time; a friend lost her father after an eight month battle with cancer; one…

A gentleman

“Jesus is not going to make you or push you to follow Him. He is a gentleman! He will gently guide you with the Spirit.” – Pastor Matthew Hartsfield I don’t think we realize how much we are pushed into, coerced, manipulated and even threatened into decisions and hearing others’ viewpoints these days. With social…

Take a look

Have you ever really looked at yourself? In the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, the best scene of the entire film, beautifully acted by Matthew Macfadyen & Keira Knightley, is the one where Mr. Darcy reluctantly exclaims his love for Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Here are the words he uses… Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth….

Simple truth

We need to be interrupted. Often, God is in interruptions, prompting us to pay attention and telling us maybe we need to think outside of our plans and our routines. Maybe you don’t believe that there’s more to life, or that you could ever understand where He is leading you. The amazing thing about God…

Test yourself

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5 MSG

Not alone

Tomorrow will be a day I don’t know what to do with. A part of me wants to completely ignore the significance of the day. Another part of me wants others to know they are not alone in finding Mother’s Day difficult. Another part of me knows I need to check in with my own…

You are known

You are worthy. You are enough. God knows every bit of you… The deeply hidden, The sleeve-worn. The unrefined, The mature. The quirks, The common. The ugly, The beautiful. The pain, The joy. The unlovable, The lovely. The awkward girl on the sideline, The lady boss. And with all of that knowledge and understanding, God…

Turning the page

April is a BIG month for me in my work life. It is the culmination of all the planning and preparation done all year long. The main event the team I work with prepares for just took place this past weekend. It went well. Lives were changed. God was glorified. All that matters was accomplished….

Steady

There are days when the very ground you walk on feels unsteady, like it’s going to crumble and fly away like the Avengers in Infinity War. You feel confident when you wake up and head off to work, and then that no-good-very-bad-day scenario hits you the moment you walk into your office. Maybe a relationship…

Beautiful and useful

He created a vessel of beauty and usefulness. You are the vessel. You are beautiful. You are useful. God wants to use all of you, all of the pieces of you, to create a beautiful story to show His glory. No matter how shattered, crumbled or torn the pieces are, God will pick each one…