But the Cross Hurts

“Take up your cross and follow me.”  —Luke 9:23  Easter is coming. All around the world followers of Jesus will be celebrating his resurrection and the good news of the gospel. Easter dresses. Easter Sunday sermons. Easter baskets for the kids. Easter crosses. Easter hope.  I personally love Easter. I love the story of life […]

Doing Hard Things Scared

Fear. Damn it, I hate fear. I wish I didn’t know it so well. I wish its tentacles didn’t wrap around my heart and my soul so deeply, sometimes sapping my courage like some kind of cruel sport. Fear kills. Fear destroys. Fear paralyzes. Fear maims. But I’m learning something important right now about fear, […]

Before Us, After Us

Women are strong. Women are resilient. Women are brave. Women have been nurturing hope, cultivating community, tending to children, binding up wounds, blazing trails, changing minds, pioneering new adventures, breaking glass ceilings, falling down and getting back up since the beginning of time. So many have gone before us. The paths they forged for equal […]

10,000 Hours

Years ago I heard an interview with actor Will Smith, who shared about honing his craft as an actor. He quoted Malcolm Gladwell’s work that it takes 10,000 hours to finally begin to become comfortable with something new. 10,000 hours. That’s 40 hours a week for five straight years. When I read it, I was […]

Breathe In, Breathe Out

“Breathe in God’s peace.” “Breathe out your anxiety and fear.” “Breathe in God’s peace.” “Breathe out your anxiety and fear.” Years ago when I was at Denver Seminary working on a certificate in spiritual direction, this was a small exercise my professor—an 80-year-old theologian who had a radical shift in his faith experience—shared with us. […]