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 […]

Be Bold For Change

I’ll never forget the day when my husband told me he had to go on a trip, so he needed me to teach our Bible Study group. To him it seemed like such a simple request. When I promptly told him I wasn’t going to teach it, he was quite taken aback and became insistent […]

When There’s No Hugging or Learning Moment

I went to the Festival of Faith and Writing in April with the goal of getting my memoir about my childhood published. Getting published is hard. Writing honestly about family is harder. But even more difficult were the conversations that happened before I wrote the book—questions uncovering old history, anger, questions, and pain. I spent […]

My Escape from the Land of Less-Than

I am a stay-at-home mom. It’s embarrassingly hard for me to leave that sentence as is. I want to add to it so badly. A disclaimer, a footnote, something. I’ve never spoken those words and left them as is before. At the very least, I tack on a “for now” at the end of it. […]

Sisterhood is a Dance

We move, intimately and instinctually. What we have is a partnership A soul tie and bond An intimacy born of dance. I trust the tension of the symbolic thread binding us together. You are my sister. You notice the void and aren’t afraid to step into the spotlight of my darkness. You notice the spaces […]