Not too long ago I was encouraged by a leader in my church to share my 'sufferings' with the people I do life with so that they see that [my] faith is attainable. At first, I was irritated that he would think that I would hide my own suffering. [and to be honest, it felt … Continue reading When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow. God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.
These three. They crack me up. And so does this photo. It took them a while to get to this place....where they would all hang out together, play and just well, act silly. Bevo, Mia and my Brisket spent pretty much all summer together at Bevo's house while Mia's mom took care of them. At … Continue reading Growing in God’s Word
At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone. I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's. (What is it with that place? It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE
A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with. We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country. I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount
Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others. To be changed by our interactions with others. And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative
Resilience. Writing that word conjures up quite a few emotions for me. I've been told I have lots of resilience. (Pride and Joy) And, I've been told that I need to "be more resilient". (Anger and Sadness) That latter comment wasn't so long ago. When I heard it, it stung and I had to walk away … Continue reading Resilience building keeps us moving forward.
Mac's Speed Shop. I love that place. Some of my fondest memories are of being with my family at Mac's when I was home visiting, when I lived overseas. It was and remains our family's 'place'. When my sister is visiting, we go there. When we just want to hang out, we go there. I … Continue reading Social Justice is a Matter of the Heart