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Avoiding the Disappointment Trap

Holidays can be a big disappointment trap. We set a lot of expectations on ourselves and those around us. We also have their expectations imposed on us, some more than others. Emotions are running and high and kids are running sugar-high, which adds up to a lot of...

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Life After Shame

Shame was really the first evidence of sin. In that garden called Eden, Adam & Eve dishonoured God by eating the forbidden fruit. Immediately they became ashamed of their nakedness. I can't begin to comprehend all that happened in that moment of history, but I can...

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About Depression

Depression is a problem, but it is not a shame. It's the outworking of pain, it's a spirit crying for help, to be noticed, to be seen. There is nothing shameful about recognizing this. There is nothing embarrassing about answering that cry, or noticing the...

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Stolen Identity

I have 7 little ones in my care right now. 7 tiny people with 7 big personalities. 7 sets of strengths and weaknesses, different ways of celebrating life and bringing joy to those around them. 7 different sets of annoying habits, unique needs and weak areas. But I...

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Breakthrough

There's a lot of us looking for breakthrough. Some chase it with lottery tickets, others go looking for an experience that gives them a taste of heaven. Really, what we're all seeking is for God to come into our lives. We want Him to break through the dust of every...

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A Letter to the Under Valued

Hello Beloved. You need to hear this, if you are waiting for a better day. You need to hear this if you are in a dead end job, or in between jobs, or are in a place where your passions and talents are not being recognized. You need to hear this if you are a parent who...

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I Don’t Know

I used to have all the answers, and it felt great. I was really good at describing what went on behind the scenes. Figuring out how things work. Mature for my age. Wise. Curious. I was the one you came to when you needed an answer, when you wanted to know the why and...

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Freedom You Don’t Need

What are you waiting for, what is the thing that you need to truly be set free? We're all held back in different areas of our lives. Waiting, hoping, praying and manipulating to get the thing that sets us free. You can see it, picture it - finally getting ____ will...

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Preparing for the Unknown

There's a lot of unknowns in this life. And I don't know about you, but I'm a planner. I like steps and manuals and instructions. I love a good spreadsheet and I thrive with rules. Calendars, checklists and integrated technology make my heart skip a beat. But those...

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Love Your Story

People love stories. It's the oldest form of teaching, stories through song and word, picture and action, told to every new generation. Meant to teach, to impart wisdom, and to remind every child that they too have a place in a larger story. Our Holy Bible is a book...

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Dry Seasons

We love easy answers, and we love to explain away our problems as "seasons". But we cross the line into dangerous territory when we lump God into that easy answer. When we start to believe that God withdraws from us for a season, or that He is less affectionate or...

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Emancipation Proclamation

Slavery is an awful thing. At it's very core, it's an attempt to devalue an invaluable human life. Slavery does two things - it removes the freedom of the person, and it's also a vehicle for abuse and violence towards that same person. I've never been exposed to...

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