Mama Grace

I have a…friend.  She is a wretched thing. You know what she did this morning? She yelled at her kids.  And said words like, ‘Why do you’ and ‘When will you’ and ‘Haven’t I told you’.  She unleased a force of verbal vomit that she could not stop even if she wanted to try. Which she didn’t. You know the worst part?  Her fingers were still…

I want to hear from you on…if God is real

I have a blog.  Which is a platform to talk, right? Well, I don’t believe I always have the good thing to say.  I love getting emails from you or thought-provoking comments. Dialogue is what I desire. Not soliloquy. Once a month, I intentionally open up dialogue through a segment called ‘I want to hear from you…’  It’s your chance to vent, wonder, cross-examine, ponder or…

A Letter To Pinterest

Dear Pinterest, I’ve had some things on my mind for awhile now and I think it’s time we had a talk. When we first met, well, frankly, I didn’t understand you and it took me awhile before I was willing to dig in.  I think I was intrigued by the private invitation and waiting period.  Then we spent a little time together and I was one smitten…

January Book Giveaway

I admit it: I have a problem with books.  I buy multiple copies of ones I love and hand them out like a modern day Book Fairy.  As a way to thank you guys for holding hands with me on this journey (which I truly, truly appreciate), I want to give you some of my favorites.  On the second Tuesday of each month, I will randomly draw from my list…

I Forgive You On One Condition

Record low temperatures swept across the country this week.  It was a high of zero where my husband was out of town and felt like fifty-five below.  I’m from Texas.  I don’t even know what that means. But that was nothing compared to the chill that was about to come his way across the phone from me.  If you’re married, you know what I’m talking…

When You’re Tired of Running the Race

Once, my sister and I signed up for a half marathon.  She trained in one city and I said I was training in another. Race day came.  I was petrified and ill-prepared.  I am not a runner girl.  I never even came close to the recommended mileage but I did do my part on carb-loading.  I felt sure my stubbornness and pride would see me finish.  I was…

Compassion Isn’t a Project

Leaving the house by myself, I felt just slightly empty…like wadded up wrapping paper left on the floor. Weeks of busy preparations and a flurry of work to bring Christmas to the homeless culminated on an uneventful, quiet and messy Saturday morning in a downpour. Isn’t life just like that? I drove to the part of town that I never have to drive to.  On the way over…

How to Have a Holly Jolly Norman Rockwell Christmas Gathering

I used to live with a weiner dog in college.  I lived with his owners, too, but Max was the deal.  There was always a question you could ask him that would pin his ears to his head and send him into a shivering fit.  The words would barely be out of our mouths and he would run and hide under the bed just out of range of our straining…

I want to hear from you on…the new year

In a little over a week, Christmas will have come and gone in a flurried hurry.  All the plans, shopping, meditating and celebrating will culminate on that day and we can sit back with a satisfied smile and a deep joy or sigh of relief.   Most likely, it will be a little bit of both. Always, I love Christmas. But always…I love to put it away again, too. There…

No Good Thing

Sometimes I don’t understand this world. A lot, actually. It is hard to make sense of worldwide tragedy, untimely death, justice not being served, a hard-fought opportunity handed to someone else, unfair sickness, the loss of a job for a righteous man, a good woman left behind… The list is depressing and too long to ever fully capture. People who don’t understand the God I love…