Was it the V-Neck?

At the tender age of six, I was involved in a tense confrontation. My family and I were leaving the sanctuary of our small, Mennonite Brethren church, when an older gentleman remarked on what beautiful hair I had. He used the German phrase—schönes Haar—and stretched out his hand to touch my thick, dark hair. As […]

It’s Okay to Laugh at God

I don’t know that I was explicitly told in Sunday School that what you said to God was “Yes, sir,” but nevertheless I got the message loud and clear. Good girls say “yes” when God calls. The faithful always answer, “Here am I. Send me.” Even if God says crazy things to you, if you […]

Reclaiming My Brain: I am Not Stupid

I can still hear her scolding reprimand. I was in Grade 10 and my teacher had yelled at me in front of the entire class, telling me that I should probably just quit taking her Math class because I was going to fail it anyway. She went on to say that because I was interested […]

Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” –Mother Superior, The Sound of Music Currently, I am in a season with many walls, few doors, and quite a few windows to the outside world—taunting me by what I’m allegedly missing. I’ve been here before—as a teenager trapped in my parent’s home, as […]

I Have Such Hope for Girls

I have deep Hope for Girls. I know I stand on the shoulders of every woman who has gone before me and has made a way for me. I know I have not come to this moment in history—this freedom to move and vote and do business and write and lead and preach—on my own. […]