Encouragement

Fear Drowns in Light

In a few short weeks I will rejoin the ranks of America’s workforce. I’ve spent the better part of the last two and a half years serving as a missionary with my husband in the postage stamp sized country of Malawi, in Southern Africa. This fall we took a quick little jaunt over to the Philippines,

Have The Audacity To Interrupt

Moving to a big city has recently led me to contemplate social boundaries and their effects on connection. There are moments I wish they were more clearly established: like on the train, when I’m sitting between a man whose hands and face are covered in cheesy Pringles as he licks the powder out of the

New Year:New Beginnings

I’ve had many interesting conversations this year, but there seemed to be one topic in particular that would consistently come up. With each person I spoke with or in each class I attended this conversation would be wrapped in a different set of circumstances, but the principle always remained the same. As Christians doing our very

Just Keep Circling

I went on a work trip to sunny Florida a couple weeks ago (which is a big change from the below zero weather here in Chicago). I jumped in my uber from the airport, and rolled down all the windows (to my uber driver’s chagrin), and soaked in the warm sun and palm trees. I landed

How Will I Know?

Do we have any Whitney Houston fans in the house? I mean how could you not? With iconic songs like, “I will always love you”, and “I have nothing”, it would be impossible not to belt it out, (with a lot less skill, of course). Anyways, one of Whitney’s greatest songs called, “How Will I Know”,

How to Rise Above

Now this may sound like a question for a group of kindergarten students, but have you ever wondered what the science is behind how some things float on water, and others do not? If you have ever passed by a river in a bustling city or a busy marina, you probably would have seen plenty of empty plastic

The Steadiness of Faith

I was revisited today by an illustration I heard years ago about a ship and a train. My pastor was sharing about living by faith, and illustrated his thought by contrasting the experience of traveling somewhere on a ship versus on a train. As most of us have discovered, when you’re on a train the feeling underneath your feet is very

The Risky Business of Vulnerability

Vulnerability. Let’s just let that word hang in the air for a moment. I’m sure this word brings up different feelings and thoughts for each of us. We have all had different experiences with it, good and bad I’m sure. There is nothing like moving to a new place with new people, new job, new church…ok,

Keep the End in View

I traveled to Israel 7 years ago now, and there were so many things that I saw and learned that left a lasting impression on me. But there was one experience I’ll never forget. Our guide took all 40 of us to what is believed to be Golgotha’s hill, or more commonly known as Calvary–where

Living in the Tension

Who like’s tension? Not me. I would venture to say that when anyone hears the word “tension” we all cringe a little inside. I was sitting in my Group Dynamics class yesterday where we are learning as future clinicians how to run a group therapy session. The professor opened up the class by handing out