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June 12, 2024

Open Windows

It's been a while! In the past three weeks we've had a son get married and another move to Vancouver, WA for the...

May 8, 2024

The God We See

Psalm 34:4-5 (CSB) "Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed."

April 24, 2024

Managing God or Caring God?

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd...

April 17, 2024

Safe Shores

"Umm.. I'm not sure because I can't really see a lot." Standing on the beach in Turks and Caicos, my husband tried...

March 29, 2024

The Powerful Joy of Good Friday

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and...

March 22, 2024

All That You Hold

It's been a bit since I've written, but I've had a whirlwind two weeks with a shower for my soon to be daughter-in-law...

March 8, 2024

But Also...

Yesterday, I sat curled up in my chair, green journal in hand. With my pink pen furiously writing, I was telling God...

February 15, 2024

The Witness of Presence

“But I don’t want to.” I heard myself say even though I knew He wanted me to. “I don’t want to be an imposition.” I...

February 8, 2024

Lessons from Hummingbird Rehab

"Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things." -Lao Tau

January 23, 2024

The Power of Wondering

There once was a little bird living in a large and comfortable cage in a dark room. In the corner he had the food he...

January 18, 2024

Just Come

Burdened and heavy I come; my face downcast, my mind full, my heart a whirl of chaos. Out of breath, my prayers come in...

January 4, 2024

Not On Our Own

"There is nothing you have to do that you have to do without Me." This is the thought God spoke to my mind not so long...

December 14, 2023

God, You Are With Me

"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us")....

November 29, 2023

Meandering Thoughts on a Child Leaving Home

The sun shining on this uncharacteristically warm fall almost winter day, I walked kicking the last of spring and...

November 17, 2023

The Humble Life

In our culture and perhaps every culture since The Fall, we are inundated with the desperate need to find significance...

November 9, 2023

We're All Prodigals Being Called Home

The way we believe God relates to us will determine how we relate to Him. I keep writing about this, but I am more and...

November 2, 2023

Necessary Questions

Wow! Last week's blog, "Distorted Shepherds" really hit a nerve with a lot of people! I think it just goes to show that...

October 25, 2023

Distorted Shepherds

This blog is a bit different than my usual writings. It's a bit more interactive. Today, I did a little exercise with...

October 18, 2023

Mirror, Mirror...Becoming Brave Enough to See Ourselves

Are you a mirror looker or a mirror avoider? I have found I am prone to avoiding mirrors. Mirrors that would help me...

October 4, 2023

The Unwanted Nap

This past August, as the week of live classes at my first residency week for Renovare Institute of Spiritual Formation...

September 28, 2023

Facing the Gaps

There is a stunning and heartbreaking story that soberingly shows us what happens when we live our lives from a lie. It...

September 20, 2023

True Community

Posted originally on www.selahomaha.com If you are interested in checking out the site, there are a lot of great...

September 13, 2023

Faulty Views

Hi friends! I realized today that it's been three weeks since I last wrote! It's been a very busy three weeks with a...

August 19, 2023

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

When our oldest three were toddlers, the dreaded moment came when every single one of them got sick at the same time...

August 10, 2023

Something New and Something For You!

This week I stepped into an exciting new two year season in my life!

August 2, 2023

Free to Forgive

I love how God leads us and guides us, don't you? He is continuing to invite me to lay down those things I am carrying...

July 28, 2023

I am...

I didn't have time to write a full length blog this week, but wrote a little something I wanted you all to have. I hope...

July 20, 2023

Walled In

I spent some time on a silent retreat over the weekend at a beautiful, secluded retreat center. Spending time with God...

July 12, 2023

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser

I am a recovering people-pleaser. I don't know about you, but I love when people approve of me. At times, I've found...

July 7, 2023

The Bookended Day

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how I bookend my days and the impact it has. Those seemingly small moments at...

June 30, 2023

Anticipated Moments

A little over a year ago, I sat on a Phoenix deck overlooking the Camelback Mountains. The sky was a deep blue and the...

June 21, 2023

Is True Trust Possible?

I don't know about you, but I have found there are often repeated phrases in church that state how we should truly...

June 15, 2023

When Church Hurts

This morning, coffee in hand and curled up with my journal, I was talking with God about all that has been heavy on my...

May 31, 2023

Is God Good?

"If God is so good then why did this happen?!" cried our oldest son at just six years old. "I prayed for a baby sister...

May 17, 2023

Sure Love

As a child swinging, toes pointed to the sky, I loved pretending I was soaring high above the clouds. I was mesmerized...

May 10, 2023

Soul Song

Sitting at the Holland Performing Arts Center, I become lost in the swells of the cello, imagining myself playing the...

May 3, 2023

Subversive Beauty

We were made to create beauty. This unhindered desire to create beauty is best seen in young children. Having little...

April 26, 2023

Good Worry?

Waking up yesterday, I immediately felt the weight of some things I am carrying infiltrate my mind. It didn't take long...

April 19, 2023

Small Prayers

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Psalm 68:19 NLT

April 13, 2023

Loving When You Can't

A few weeks ago, I shared at a small retreat. As I was working on the message, the truths God showed me in the process...

April 9, 2023

Resurrection Sunday - Hope Exceeded

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the...

April 8, 2023

Saturday - The Day In Between

The next day.....the Pharisees went to Pilate. "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that...

April 7, 2023

Good Friday - Worth the Pain

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which...

March 29, 2023

When Listening is Scary

I remember in my childhood bedroom, I had one of those famous 70's pictures of Jesus sitting under a tree with children...

March 15, 2023

Learning to Hear God's Voice (Part One)

Lately, I have been fascinated with the story of Eli and Samuel. If you are unfamiliar with the story in I Samuel 3,...

February 28, 2023

20 Things I've Learned Parenting Teens

We are now nine years into what will be our fourteen year teen parenting journey and I have learned so much! Mainly how...

February 21, 2023

In God's Way

Sitting quietly in church service every Sunday, my legs swinging under my too big chair, I would listen carefully to...

February 15, 2023

The Kid Judge

God speaks in many ways and one of the ways He often speaks to me is through stories and pictures. For me, they usually...

February 7, 2023

The God Who Celebrates

Today, on this bright Saturday morning, I slowly got up, gathered my journal and Bible and curled up in my favorite...

January 28, 2023

Scars that Heal

“Will you let me wound you?” Sitting in my chair, journal open with the bright, spring sun streaming in, I tried to...

January 25, 2023

Disappointing Faith or Loving Invite?

Our first summer married, John and I made the long drive with our very few things from Florida to small town Nebraska...

January 18, 2023

Where Faith Can Shatter

Faith lies in the deciding spaces; the place where fear, questions and hope mix and it will either grow or shatter....

January 12, 2023

When Unforgiveness Feels Safer

“Are you willing to be willing?” The question hung in the air like a weighty cloud full of the promise of rain along...

January 10, 2023

Depth Matters More

Thirteen years ago, I stood staring at a display in a room above a deep South Dakota cave. Truthfully, I am not easily...

March 12, 2022

Disappointment to Deeper Intimacy (Soul Care Retreat transcript)

Sometimes we have a longing in our heart to grow to a deeper place with God but we aren’t really sure how to move...

December 24, 2021

Joy

Luke 2:8-10 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An...

December 14, 2021

Tender

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty...

December 6, 2021

With

John 1:14 NIV

December 2, 2021

One Silent Night

Isaiah 9:6

February 21, 2020

Mamas, Keep on Keeping On

Standing with fellow Sunday School kids adorned in ’80’s culottes, I recited The Lord’s Prayer with the gusto only...

June 19, 2019

Actually Not Enough

In our culture, the message “You are enough” is everywhere. From T-shirts, to book titles, to cute mugs and wall...

January 23, 2019

Learning to Trust

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this...

January 9, 2019

Not On My Own

Psalm 11:1-4 (CSB)

December 5, 2018

The Power of a Name

BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN SO THAT YOU MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD AND THAT BY...

November 29, 2018

When I Can't Change

BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THIS KIND OF FRUIT IN OUR LIVES: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS,...

November 27, 2018

God Confidence

BUT MOSES PLEADED WITH THE LORD, “O LORD, I’M NOT VERY GOOD WITH WORDS. I NEVER HAVE BEEN, AND I’M NOT EVEN NOW, EVEN...

November 22, 2018

Purpose for Today

FOR WE ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE, HE HAS CREATED US ANEW IN CHRIST JESUS, SO WE CAN DO THE GOOD THINGS HE PLANNED FOR US...

November 20, 2018

Soul Unrest

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.” John 6:35

November 18, 2018

Casper and the King Who Never Forgot (Allegories for Children)

Laying his head in his lap, Casper closed his tired eyes. He stretched out his sore legs and drifted off to sleep...

November 15, 2018

For I Am With You

ISAIAH 41:10 “DON’T BE AFRAID, FOR I AM WITH YOU. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED, FOR I AM YOUR GOD. I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU AND...

November 13, 2018

I Am

Sometimes my days are cloudy and my mind has a hard time staying on what is true. Regardless of the season I am in, who...

November 10, 2018

Because He is Near

WHEN THEY HEARD THE LORD WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THEM AND HAD SEEN THEIR MISERY, THEY BOWED DOWN AND WORSHIPED. EXODUS...

September 13, 2018

No Longer Slaves

Breathless, shamed, fearful and wondering. The son looked down at his torn, dirty and tattered robe that had seen...

February 11, 2018

When I am Overwhelmed

FROM THE END OF THE EARTH I WILL CRY TO YOU, WHEN MY HEART IS OVERWHELMED: LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I....

January 5, 2018

Remembered

Sitting in church last week, still shaking from the record cold temperatures outside, snow melting in small, dirty...

June 16, 2017

The Power of a Name

As any mom knows, there is power in a name. Just the other day, Drew came to me with a complaint about one of the other...

May 4, 2017

Love Undeserved

One of my favorite things in our home is a gift John recently gave me. It’s not particularly sentimental, but it...

March 16, 2017

When Grief Gives Way to Hope

Today I am overcome with our God who loves to restore. He restores broken lives, broken hearts and broken worlds. March...

March 4, 2017

Spiritual Rest Through Journaling

I have been buried in journals of all shapes and sizes the past few weeks, pulling out the beautiful words that God has...

February 26, 2017

Embracing the Present with the Future in Mind

Today finds me drinking my over important coffee in my favorite chair, feeling a dull ache as I think about the...

February 16, 2017

Catching God

In the past few weeks, I have begun a monumental task – something I have been meaning to do for a very long time, but...

February 7, 2017

The Days are Long and the Years are Short/Things I Have Learned Along the Way

Next month we will have a driver. I can’t even believe that I just typed that. If someone said that Josiah would be...

January 6, 2017

A Safe Place

A safe place. Isn’t that what we all long for? A place to be ourselves, a place to stand in complete vulnerability and...

December 15, 2016

Love Conquers All

To really understand and comprehend that we are completely known and loved by God is life changing. When we truly...

December 1, 2016

When Love Came Down

A long time ago on a starry night, love was born. The Father who IS love, sent Jesus in love to demonstrate love to all...

November 21, 2016

King Amator and Little Amorette (Allegories for Children)

In a place far away, there was a beautiful land named Efas with rolling green hills and sparkling blue creeks that...

November 2, 2016

When Hurry Steals the Present

All day long I have had the word ‘presently’ going through my mind. I’m sure it has everything to do with the fact that...

October 5, 2016

When Our Eyes are Closed to Grace

Head pounding and thoughts racing, I would lay on my pillow at night rehearsing all of the day’s events. The thoughts...

September 23, 2016

My Ways Your Ways

Having entered the Preteen/Teenage Years with three of our four children, I have been dismayed to find how much...

August 31, 2016

To My Beautiful Daughter

To My Beautiful Daughter,

July 31, 2016

Held

A year ago, I received a call that no mother ever wants to take. My husband, John, and two older sons, Josiah and...

July 12, 2016

Cathedral Builders

When our four people were small ones with big needs, I often felt like a child making a block tower in a room full of...

June 17, 2016

Repositioned Hope

One bright morning several years ago, I hurried around the kitchen with a baby on my hip while the three older kids ate...

May 27, 2016

The Unhurried Life

It is the unhurried life that draws near.

May 11, 2016

Remembering Who We Are

Looking in the mirror, I hurriedly brushed back tears and threw my hair in a ponytail. The day had started out fine,...

April 5, 2016

Inside Out - Living Whole

Many years ago, I was working for my father-in-law’s business and the snack area was filled with many healthy things...

March 16, 2016

When You Can't Seem to Love Well

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that love is difficult. You don’t have to look very far in this world to...

December 6, 2015

Saturday: The Day Stuck Between Despair and Hope

Saturday. The day stuck between the broken day of Good Friday and the triumphant day of Resurrection Sunday....

December 5, 2015

But As For Me

BUT AS FOR ME, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do...

November 30, 2015

When You Desire Everything But God

“Be the driving desire of my life.” – Beth Moore

November 16, 2015

When Thankfulness Comes

Just earlier today I announced to our youngest that the time has come for him to enter the chore rotation. He was...

October 29, 2015

Teens, Pre-Teens and Learning Gentleness

Gentleness. I have not been able to get this out of my mind lately. Maybe it’s because I need a special kind of gentle...