Bon Courage!

You don’t need luck. You need courage. Years ago I stopped using the phrase, Good luck. Unless I was being sarcastic, of course. “Good luck with that” is probably a pet saying of mine, but I don’t use the phrase seriously. I don’t really buy it. Yes, there is chance, but I don’t think that […]

The Hard Truth is that It is Hard

This parenting gig is not for the faint of heart. But, it’s a great way to see God work. This weekend we watched a review copy of a movie I’d been sent. Mom’s Night Out is a cute, little comedy about a group of moms who just want a little break from the challenges of their reality. The […]

Yes, Yes, You Can.


You can ditch the soda habit. You can quit watching TV. You can kick the bad eating habits that have plagued you for years. You can choose to change. Don’t tell me you love food. I love food. And for thirty days I gave up (almost) all I hold dear. I lived to tell the […]

Finding Peace

I’ve been thinking about peace a lot lately. I’ve been fretting this week and been decidedly, without peace. At least the internal kind. My problems almost always could be categorized as “first world problems”, but as my friend JessieLeigh says, “If it feels bad, it’s bad enough to matter.” I fret about my kids growing up healthy […]

God is Not Surprised

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This post was originally published on June 8, 2013. I needed the reminder. Maybe you do, too. It’s been a refining season for me of late. Whether it’s fears or a lengthy to-do list, I feel like God has my toes in the fire a little bit. I know it’s good, but man, sometimes I […]

If You Only Knew

Are you sure you know the whole story? How can we love one another and not condemn? photo source: Sean MacEntee The other day we were late meeting friends at the beach, but I knew the contents of the gas tank would not get us there. I missed my turn for the gas station and […]

Gambling on Jesus

Take some risks this week. Gamble on Jesus. His ways are spot on. The world admires risk takers. You know, people who drive fast, live loose, and otherwise push the limits. There’s this admiration for the guy in the leather jacket, that rebel without a cause, that James Dean kind of dude. Or at least […]

Turn Up Your Soundtrack

The music of a movie is what makes us brave, gives us hope, and helps us take that next step. Don’t tell me you aren’t ready to climb five million stairs when you hear the theme song from Rocky. Admit it. It just gives you courage to do an impossible thing.

The music — what you hear while the action is going on — can change your interpretation of the scene. It changes how you feel about what’s going on.

Maybe the music playing in this scene of your life is a bit ominous, maybe it’s a bit sad, maybe it’s just too quiet.