From One Mom, to the Whole World of Moms

Jesus, today we want to pray for and honor the women in our lives. The ones who raised us, the ones we call "mom" and those of us who are in the mothering trenches today. For the teary eyed – sleep deprived brand new mothers…give them strength and remind them of their worth when they … Continue reading From One Mom, to the Whole World of Moms

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Leading with Sacrifice and Compassion: These are MOPS Leaders

This fall I pulled up to the parking lot of my first MOPS speaking venue of the year. It took nearly two hours of driving north in the Seattle traffic with four of my five kids in tow. This was the start of a year of saying "yes" to God and giving Him my words … Continue reading Leading with Sacrifice and Compassion: These are MOPS Leaders

On Crumbling and Losing Our Mom Cool

I ran into my friend this weekend in the foyer of church after an exhausting day. She had this "my children have maxed out my sweet, gentle, holy patience" kind of look. I know this overwhelmed feeling well and so do you I'm sure. We called it what it was and we exchanged "hard kid … Continue reading On Crumbling and Losing Our Mom Cool

Be Like Those Who Stay the Course

I made my way across the dimly lit church parking lot as the chill of winter rainfall drenched me. I wasn't carrying an umbrella because this is Seattle, where you raincoat only. I'm learning to appreciate year-round green, the moss growing on everything, and the river passing through my back yard with so much water … Continue reading Be Like Those Who Stay the Course

Fresh Hearts and New Starts

  I'm sitting by the most charming, real-life tree we have ever had which is standing ornament-less - but still covered in lights because I couldn't quite let it go. Let me tell you that it is twinkling off the windows like a total dream. It's also 12:30am and I have this "gotta write stuff … Continue reading Fresh Hearts and New Starts

The Ministry of Mom Rest, My Ugly Cry, and Airplane Prayers

  I boarded the plane for my five and a half hour flight from east to west and took my seat in row 31, seat D. I'm usually a big fan of the window seat because there is nothing quite like getting lost in the horizon is there? Give me all the above cloud heavenly … Continue reading The Ministry of Mom Rest, My Ugly Cry, and Airplane Prayers

On Belonging, Bravery, and Deep Breaths

    Sometimes it’s difficult to "count your blessings" when stress sets up camp in your life. Slipping into mud boots and securing the hood on my rain jacket, I took another drenched walk to the lodge. Searching for a new job, living on the road, plus leaving behind our deeply rooted friendships in Tennessee, … Continue reading On Belonging, Bravery, and Deep Breaths