5 Tips for Moms Releasing Their Kids {Guest Post, Give-Away}

I invited my good friend Brenda Yoder to join me here today to talk about releasing our kids. Releasing — or “fledging” — happens multiple times throughout the lives of our children. In fact, even when they’re fully out of the nest, as mine are, we may still need practice letting go as we watch …

Journey Into Lent: Ashes of Mortality and Repentence

A year ago, I was God-struck by an Ash Wednesday service that took me back to another season, to the faith tradition that formed me. With Ash Wedneday and this new season of Lent approaching, I thought I’d share the essay again. This year, I’ll have a role in our church’s service, an assignment that …

Surrender :: Do I Have the Patience of Job?

Five minutes on this one word — SURRENDER. I could write all day…. I began reading through scripture chronologically last fall, at the start of Advent, and picked it up again January 1 with Genesis. For seven weeks those of us reading it together, and commenting on Facebook, celebrated the beauty of creation and lamented …