Category: Loving Others

podcast - Parents aren't Perfect 0

44: Parents Aren’t Perfect

  Things I’m thinking about this week… Mother’s Day can be hard.  Some parents are toxic.     So I talk about both of these things. Why we should consider being sensitive about Mother’s Day, in case you are oblivious...

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God 2

Swirling National Chaos and the Helper I Need

Many of us are starting off this week feeling like we just left a bar fight that’s spilling out in the street in front of our houses. Things are being said and done that just aren’t right. Sides have been...

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33: Without This Ring, A Conversation with Donna Pyle

When I opened Donna Pyle’s book Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce to prepare for our interview, I was not prepared for how powerful her story and guidance would be. Silly of me since I’m a big fan of Donna’s and...

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032: Loving & Serving My Neighbor Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted, Part I

It is my position that the church needs to be having a louder and more productive and useful conversation about sexual assault and what we can do to serve our neighbors who have faced such experiences. This is part I...

to be the light podcast 0

031: What Does It Mean To “Be The Light”?

Am the only one who feels a lot of pressure that I’m supposed to “be the light”? Maybe I should just quit whining and do what needs done, but I’d also like to know what it means for sure to...

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029: Grownup Friendship Goals

Most of us have had a series of friendships that can bring up a whole host of emotions when we think about them. It occurred to me recently that some of us (me included!) might not be approaching our friendships...

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Need Some Endurance? Me Too.

Sometimes we NEED to change our circumstances instead of complaining about it all the time.  And sometimes we need to stick with the plan and quit the redundant doubting.  This week for the 12,000th time I had to remind myself...

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Parenting is Lonely.

Parenting can be a lonely job. I’m the only one who hears me tell my kids to shut off the TV. I’m the only one who hears me tell them to stop touching each other. And I’m definitely the only...

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Responding to Fear and Violence. From a Cornfield.

I live on a couple of acres in the rural backroads of Illinois. This summer as the corn grows tall it creates 3 walls around our property isolating us even more than we typically are.     Out here it’s...

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Beautifully Painful Moments

The past week held so much emotion. Loss and celebration, birthdays and burials. So many beautifully painful moments with people I love. I’m truly thankful for all of it: for feeling life brutally honest, leaving marks on my soul… scars I’ll...

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