Listening to Him

I was prepping for my annual guests last summer – a car full of women from Iowa arriving to talk, walk, shop, and eat for three days. We first bonded during the parenting years, in adjoining foxholes, during the “parenting war.” We would slip each other intel – often...

Share the Secrets

There is a story in 2 Kings 6 and 7 I think theologians have missed the meaning of for years. Let me briefly summarize the story and see if you don’t agree with my conjecture. The city of Samaria was under siege by the Aramean army. It had lasted so long that the...

Life in Hashtags

So far, 2016 has had me in a bit of a busy block. Ever heard that term? No? Good, because I’m 41% sure it’s my latest invention. Busy block is kind of like writer’s block, but instead of a lack of production being caused by an internal obstacle, a busy block is more...

The Laundry Dilemma

As a busy momma, I have found I have peaceful solitude twice a day. The first is early morning devotions, and the second is when the day is done. The house is quiet and I check in on what happened in the world. For the latter, sometimes I sneak in a conversation with...

My Day as a Diva

Laughter is my manna – especially when it floats down in unexpected moments and especially in the dark places of life. Last fall, I had a speaking engagement up north. I love traveling to speak and share my family’s story, but I hate going alone. Often, flying solo is...

The Great Coffee Charade

According to a recent Gallup poll, 64% of Americans drink coffee. That may be true for most of America, but in my little corner of the world I’d say it’s closer to 95%. Actually, I’m not sure I have ANY friends who don’t drink coffee. Personally, I love the whole...