Encouragement · Faith · wisdom

The Power of the Stare

The Greek word for fix, used in this scripture, means to look away from all else. In other words, to trust Jesus as the supplier of all our needs means we will stop turning to false substitutes. My dog knows what she wants, but she also knows who will help her with what she wants. When she wants eggs, she doesn’t go to my bathroom and stare at the bathtub. She stays in close proximity to the one she knows can deliver the eggs to her bowl. Her attention is affixed; her expectations are high. Oh that we might be like my dog! I know that is a strange statement, but I am here for it. I want to keep my attention fixed on the One I know can help. The substitutes always leave me empty.

Community · Encouragement · wisdom

There is Room at the Table

The table has meant so many things to me over the course of my life, but especially over the last year. The conversations and connections around a meal are invaluable. Twenty-twenty provided an opportunity to strengthen my resolve about the value of connection. Learning how to set a virtual table [for my students, strangers, and…… Continue reading There is Room at the Table

Encouragement · Hope · Sow Kind · wisdom

Mother’s Day Experiences

Mother’s Day evokes a wide spectrum of emotions–from deep satisfaction to inexplicable sorrow. For as many mothers there are in the world, there are that many varieties of experiences with a mother and as a mother. While I never imagined I would be a mother [for fear of not being a good one], I cannot…… Continue reading Mother’s Day Experiences

Encouragement · wisdom

Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

Relationships are both work and reward. Without the work {which often consists of a mix of vulnerability and humility}, the reward of growing deeper in love and compassion is often missed, but sometimes the cost of the work appears greater than the reward. I have experienced a lot of “fringe-ships” over the years. I’m generally…… Continue reading Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

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Just Below the Surface

Although I was born and raised in Illinois, I moved to Texas to complete my student teaching experience. It felt like a study abroad opportunity, but it carried a smaller price tag. I expected tumble weeds, cowboys, and lots of wide-open spaces. While I wish I could tell you I am exaggerating, I most certainly…… Continue reading Just Below the Surface

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Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection

Sometimes an unexpected storm becomes fertile soil for insight and breakthrough. Although we were on Spring Break, we knew it was a distinct possibility. Looking at the surprise of the morning, a blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were…… Continue reading Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection

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Wisdom in the Weeds eBook

You might be thinking why an eBook? Why now? Well, those are both fair questions. Here is the deal; the most common thing people tell me when I finish speaking at an event is that I put words to how they felt but did not know how to articulate. I have ruminated on that feedback…… Continue reading Wisdom in the Weeds eBook

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Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

A new year is ripe with fresh possibilities. Clean slates are synonymous with blank canvas beginnings. Turning the page, moving forward, reaching for new heights is often the theme of a new start, and the prospect of being different is rich with anticipation. The opportunity for something new seems to be welcomed this year like…… Continue reading Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

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Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Despite difficult relationships, unusual circumstances, and unruly emotions, the season offers a renewed sense of hope and wonder. There is a mix of mystery and whimsy that begins budding and stirring before the Thanksgiving meal ends. I delight in remembering the time at my grandparent’s house when…… Continue reading Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

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Wednesday Wisdom

Integrity: soundness of moral character; honesty.Integrity: how you behave when no one is looking.Integrity: choosing right when no one is there to hold you accountable. Several years ago, my youngest cleaned out his binder, and the result was an enormous stack of papers piled on a bar stool and a little bit of personal anxiety.…… Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom