If You Struggle to Make Small Talk

If You Struggle to Make Small Talk

All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. It’s a slogan on signs, t-shirts, and oversized coffee cups. Sunday morning coffee hour at church has a whole lot of coffee and Jesus, but what this introvert also needs is a whole lot of words for...
Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Whenever three-year-old Ava walks through our front door, I ask her that question. “Who are you?” It’s an answer I know before she says a word. All I have to do is look at her hair. One braid means she’s Princess Elsa, two braids means she’s Princess Anna, a braid...
When It Doesn’t Feel Like Easter

When It Doesn’t Feel Like Easter

Easter is mere days away. The weather anchor has been forecasting the best time for egg hunts, after-church dinner plans are in place, and the kids are off school. Maybe you even purchased Easter candy early, which only backfired. Unless I’m the only one who has...
How Well Do You Neighbor?

How Well Do You Neighbor?

“We don’t neighbor.” Those were the three words Terri’s mom heard when she moved her family from Iowa to Nebraska. Terri’s dad was a trucker before cell phones and email were a thing. So the limited time their family shared the same space each week was from Saturday...
What Do You Want God to Do?

What Do You Want God to Do?

Stacey is the sentimental one. Out of the four sisters in my family, she has more stuff that sparks joy for her than the rest of us do. Because, for Stacey, items are never valued by shelf space or price tags, but in the memories and meaning they possess. So when she...