I'm in a business where goals, ranks, and money are often held up as measures of success. I understand that healthy goals are helpful, fun, and growth-inspiring, I've experienced all these things as I've reached goals I never thought I could. It's exhilarating! But, it's a temporary confidence. The satisfaction is fleeting. The goal is finally reached (yeah!) and then there is a new goal to accomplish.Read More
I used to think I had to FIND God's will, like I find someone who's hiding. But I've come to believe that it's not a hide and seek game! The Creator has made known to us the path of life! (Ps. 16:11)Read More
I am an empath. I can feel what you're feeling. In my body. Sometimes more than you can.
This is a beautiful gift God has given me. It allows others to feel seen and heard by me. It helps people feel safe and known around me...Read More
My son played on a soccer team last year that was pretty good. Actually, there were some really good 11 year old boys on this team. The coach was an intense guy. I liked him. He pushed the boys to be better...Read More
A few months ago I heard it suggested that a life of spirituality and faith takes PRACTICE. This seemed so obvious, yet so novel to me, that I haven't been able to get it off my mind.Read More
How do you "enjoy the journey"?
I've heard people advocate this message many times. Today, I'm questioning it.
I'm not questioning if "enjoying the journey" is a good idea. I mean, who DOESN'T want to enjoy the journey? I'm just wondering how. And, why don't I?Read More
There is a voice that whispers lies in my ears. “Being thin will make me happy. Eating will satisfy me.” When I was 8, I discovered something bad about myself - I was chubby. It was a new, undeveloped shame, but, it was a growing one. I learned if I could just be skinny, I would be happy. Now, over 30 years later, I fight that belief. But, it still lingers.Read More
My faith was first challenged when I was in Jr. High.Read More
It’s no small thing to me that I was raised by a joyful mom. As I approach the one-year anniversary of her death, I am in awe of the joy she had throughout life, and throughout cancer, and I am inspired to be more like her.Read More
The question I'm asking myself these days is, "Why do I need to be afraid at all?"Read More
When I was 13 I decided I was done being chubby. That reputation was old and undesirable, so, I went on a diet...To this day, my brain still follows the same pathway...I see a sexy girl in a bikini and I think, “that’s what I want; that the goal.”Read More
Why did I think that being thin, toned, bikini-ready (I live at the beach) would make me happy? I would deceive myself into thinking I was doing it only for health reasons. Supposedly I mainly wanted energy, reduced joint pain, better sleep. And, I did (and do) want those things, but the REAL reason was to be thin. Thin and strong. And sexy. And admired. And looked-at. And accepted. Ugh. THAT AGAIN?!Read More
It's always so relieving, and then so scary when I remember that everything comes down to the state of my heart; my soul. It's not what I put in my body; it's not what I eat that condemns me. (OH! how I've gotten this wrong.) It's not the social "laws" and niceties I follow that make me good and acceptable.Read More
I am like a tree planted by streams of water. Streams that are nourishing and growing me. I am rooted and grounded in love...Read More
And I write. Because I must. Because there are no more good excuses not to. Because I want to...Read More
Prayer has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I know this is true for many of you as well. Do we keep asking? Do we just accept our pain?Read More