Our son Aaron is almost two months old already! We cannot believe how quickly he is growing up. The weeks go by so fast, but some days oh-so-slow, am I right parents?! 😉 Two nights ago, Aaron had the biggest booger (yes, booger!) coming out of his nose that was clearly infringing his ability to … Continue reading when we let God ‘pick our nose’
I love social media and staying up with people's lives, even virtually, as much as I can; celebrating with them, praying with them, thinking with them, grieving with them, just "doing life together" as best as we can even when miles/jobs/life separates us. But I must confess that lately, it's been really tempting to just … Continue reading do we cooperate or compete & fight?
If I asked you what the most meaningful times in your life have been, what would you say? When was the last time you truly felt satisfied in that "I literally did something that made a difference in someone's life" kind of way? Those are usually the times when we feel like our life is … Continue reading when we’re care-full, not careful
We can find blessings at the end of our ropes, when we're content with content with just who we are, and Jesus said, "You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat." (Matthew 5:6) I don't know about you, but I love … Continue reading the best meal we’ll ever have = God
Jesus turned things around again when He said, "you're blessed when you're content with just who you are -- no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought." (Matthew 5:5) This no doubt could say a lot to our consumeristic culture, but could it go deeper … Continue reading when you’re content with just who you are
Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I come across something that God said and I think, "seriously God, You've got to be kidding!?" Jesus said, "You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule." (Matthew 5:3) Reading Jesus' words, I have to … Continue reading when we’re at the end of our rope
For the past couple of days, I haven't been able to move beyond the first few sentences of Matthew 5. The Message puts it this way, "When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he … Continue reading what lengths are we willing to go?
Forgive me, for positivity is one of my top 5 strengths. I can't help but see the bright side of even the grimmest of things, and let's be real, 2016 was filled with them. I can't remember another year where I have waited so impatiently for winter with the hopes that the cold weather would … Continue reading perhaps there’s a silver lining to 2016
Have you ever found yourself in that place where, what 'should' be super exciting, is instead filling you with fear and anxiety? When you find yourself in the midst of something you had thought about forever and the experience is suddenly terrifying instead of enjoyable? On Monday afternoon, my husband and I had our level … Continue reading when a dream coming true is terrifying
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment." –Jesus (Matthew 5: 21) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You … Continue reading you have heard it said
'What is the best way to hear from God? I feel like I'm not connected to God like I used to be. Help me figure out how to be more intimate with God. I want to know God more. I want God to speak to me..." These are questions, pleas and thoughts I often hear … Continue reading how DO you hear from God?
Yesterday morning the words of my massage therapist struck me so much that I've been thinking about them ever since. (Before you get jealous, I will tell you that the massage was just so-so...yes it was relaxing, to the point that I may have woken myself up snoring a few times, yep that happened...but still, you … Continue reading Is escaping life the key?
A year and a week ago to the day, I got up at 4AM to sign up for Madison Ironman 2015. That previous Saturday night, I was still wrestling with whether or not I should sign up, because, if I'm honest, I had never really committed to something I didn't know whether or not I'd … Continue reading I didn’t see that going that way
Last weekend, some friends and I road-tripped it to Madison, WI to cheer on our other friends who were competing in the Madison Ironman (IMWI) 2014. A couple of months ago, I was simply trying to get the weekend off of work to go and support our friends. Once I knew I could go, I … Continue reading ready or not, here I come Ironman
Clearly the tour started to take more and more out of me as the week went on as I'm just now catching up on posting. I can honestly say, I haven't been this physically sore since two-a-days in high school, especially during pre-season for soccer. Wake up, go to practice for a couple of hours, … Continue reading Minneapolis to Chicago: we made it!