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...
Just a Mom

Just a Mom

There was once a time when I thought I would one day change the world by becoming Mother Theresa or someone similar (minus the nun part. I always liked boys too much for that “habit”—ha!). I thought maybe I would solve the world’s hunger crisis or...
When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

Beloved, I’m a strange creature by nature. My body likes to be awake during daylight, but my brain is a stubborn night owl. The darkest hours are when my mind is most active, weaving stories from shadows. Sometimes I give in to the creativity because I frustrate...
A MEME to Remember

A MEME to Remember

My maternal grandmother became a single mom when her husband died of cancer. She unexpectedly found herself a young mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Alone. Her world was changed forever as she stood beside that deathbed. But she was a praying woman, and her prayers...
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...

How to Find Great Friends

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. -Winnie the Pooh The number one question I receive on college campuses is “how do I make friends”? Friendships are some of the most important relationships in life, aside...