The Hope of all Things New

This past December I had the opportunity to hike some beautiful trails in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  The scenery was gorgeous and I relished the views that differ so greatly from my homeland of Northwest Ohio.  As my eyes rested on the rolling hills and waterfalls, my heart was filled with gratitude and IContinue reading “The Hope of all Things New”

But I Have Prayed for You…

“Simon, Simon behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail,”  (Luke 22:31-32).  This verse has been on my heart all day today.  Consequently, it was this verse that led me to do something I have never done before-Continue reading “But I Have Prayed for You…”

Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours

I’ve always liked Peter.  That guy was all in.  He stepped out of the boat to walk on water and he knew that Jesus was the Christ.  He also cut a guard’s ear off during Jesus’ arrest in the garden.  He was so confident that he was always right.  And he was so sure thatContinue reading “Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours”

A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit

I’m not what most people would call a rebel.  I follow the rules, prefer order and schedules, and generally like to color inside the lines.  Yet somehow all of this changes when I sit in the driver’s seat of my car.  For whatever reason, I cannot bring myself to simply drive in accordance with thoseContinue reading “A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit”

The God of All Comfort in Depression

 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”  (Psalm 42:11) Disturbed.  Turmoil.  Downcast. These are words often used in association with an emotional crisis.  Words used to express a state of distress orContinue reading “The God of All Comfort in Depression”

The God of All Comfort in Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Phillipians 4:6-7) A restless mind, jittery legs, and trouble breathing.  These are just a few manifestations of anxiety. Continue reading “The God of All Comfort in Anxiety”

S’mores and Beyond: A Camping Tale

I want to go on the record to say that I fully acknowledge stereotypes are just that- stereotypes.  Most often, they aren’t reflective of reality.   However.   Sometimes circumstances provide evidence for the establishment of said stereotypes.  Packing a vehicle for a one night camping trip with 5 women is one of them.   Everything from theContinue reading “S’mores and Beyond: A Camping Tale”

Pursuing Peace: Part I

During this year’s summer vacation it became more apparent than ever that I had turned a corner.  And honestly, it’s one I never thought I would see.  Ever since the start of junior high cross country conditioning in August of 1994 I have been a runner.  That means for every overnight trip I have everContinue reading “Pursuing Peace: Part I”

Spiritual Growth and Gifts

I wrote the following as a blog submission for Theophany Media, an online organization connecting the arts to spiritual formation and transformation.  Although this one was not accepted, my second submission was…so stay tuned for that publication!   I thought I would share this one as a prompt- an invitation to reflect on the gifts GodContinue reading “Spiritual Growth and Gifts”

The Battle to Decrease

“There is no win in comparison.”  A few years ago our church went through a sermon series entitled “The Comparison Trap.”  Since then, the above opening statement has echoed in my mind any time I start to compare myself (or my life) with others.  Still.  Some days it’s a challenge not to be swept awayContinue reading “The Battle to Decrease”