Is Cheeseburger Soup Enough?


I love simple food. I could live off warm toast smothered with creamy butter. Tangy crisp green apples. Field cucumbers sprinkled with salt. Ice cold milk generously poured over crunchy cereal flakes at 11 pm. And cheeseburger soup. Cheeseburger soup is a liquid hug. It’s ground beef and chopped celery, shredded carrots and melt-in-your-mouth potatoes, […]

Was Jesus Successful?


“What are you most afraid of?” She aimed the question at me right in the midst of our conversation. I thought she was asking a rhetorical question—not really expecting an answer from me—but she kept quiet and her eyes rested on me. I was visiting Dorothea at her apartment on a Wednesday morning in the […]

One Word 365: Have You Chosen Yours?


Presence. This was my One Word for 2014. It was the word I had prayed about through December 2013 and a word I felt God was asking me to lean into. And it made sense to me; I had been living at a pace I couldn’t keep up with, over-scheduling both myself and my family, […]

Did You Know, Mary?


I’ve learned the greatest treasures in life are always found on the way to “somewhere”–they lie within the process as we journey, not once we arrive at the longed for destination. As my husband John loves to say, “Life is a journey–not from here to there, but from who you are to who you are […]

Awaken to that Divine Purpose


To what do you give your complete and utmost devotion? What is it inside of you that awakens and opens your heart with complete abandon, allowing the Spirit of God to work deeply within you and unreservedly with you? When I think these thoughts the words of Mark Twain speak loudly to me: “The two […]