what if we all quit being super woman

Lately, I've been working on the uncomfortable habit of being real. For a significant portion of my life, I've been busy. Not just busy, but over-committed, over-the-top, make other people's contributions to the task look like poo kind of busy. Being busy kept me distracted. Too much time on my hands gave me time to …

power in a parking lot

Yesterday, I had a Jesus moment. That moment when everything around you, all the stuff you are trying to do for Him is stripped away and your eyes are open to what ministry looked like to Jesus. I've seen it before. Many times. On the other side of the world. Healing. Feeding. Preaching to crowds. …

on being fragile

Last year, or the year before, my dentist told me I needed gum surgeries. And I didn't go back. Cut gum tissue from the roof of my mouth. Sew it to my receded gums. Heal. And repeat. No thank you. But now I'm in pain . . . I HATE going to the dentist. No. Really. Violently …

the truth heals, part two

The blog post today is written by Dave. In the previous post, I wrote about letting go of Dave's recovery. My prayer in the last few years of his addiction finally became a simple, "If he's lying, please don't let him get away with it." I still pray that prayer -- for Dave and even for my …

the truth heals, part one

How did you rebuild trust? someone recently asked me. How did you make it from the lies to now. I thought I could give a one post answer. But it's not that simple. So I write. And I think. And I pray. And I ask God to give me words to say to people who feel as …

Redemption is real

"His life is a testament to how redemption, so often debased and abused in a 24/7 news cycle obsessed with celebrity and scandal, can be astonishingly powerful and real." -- Rich Lowry on Charles W. Colson I was writing an article recently for work and had to read some sections of Chuck Colson's book, "Born …

But for the grace of God

The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success. Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in …

Pain hurts

March 28 Whenever I get discouraged I look at real estate on the internet. Sometimes, it perks me up to dream. I’ve been doing this since 2001 when we began planning our move from Southern California to Tacoma, Washington. But it quickly became an escape. A few minutes of dreaming that easily turns into hours. …

If the foundations are destroyed

"Honesty is such a lonely word everyone is so untrue honesty is hardly ever heard and mostly what I need from you." -- Billy Joel * * * * * The path to the beach cuts through the woods near our house. At the edge of the cliffs, roots of lofty pines and cedars clinging …