Friends and Armor

Friends and Armor

There was a time, many years ago when my heart ached for friendship. I knew a lot of people, but it just didn't seem like any of them really knew me. I'm fairly certain my own shame kept me from allowing anyone to really get to know me well. I remember watching Grey's Anatomy when Meredith declared Cristina, "her person," feeling lost without my own "person." Have you ever felt like this before? Wondering if you would ever really be known b ...

Mending Weary Souls:  7 Things I Learned During My Sabbatical

Mending Weary Souls: 7 Things I Learned During My Sabbatical

Today is the official last day of my sabbatical. Over the last ten weeks, the church where I have served on the worship staff for eleven years, graciously granted me a sabbatical. Honestly, I thought I was being proactive by taking the sabbatical BEFORE I reached the point of burnout. I didn't think I was overly weary. I knew I was tired, but I thought I just needed a little break. The truth is, I was working at an unsustainable pace a ...

Like-Minded Love

Like-Minded Love

There are moments in our journey with God that leave a mark. Sometimes it's a mark that seems a little bitter because of the ways God speaks truth into our souls. Then sometimes, it's the sweetest, most beautiful moment that marks us and makes us different. The kind of moment when you are reminded of what God meant when He created the Church. The kind of mark that opens your eyes like Gideon allowing you to see the ways God fights His children ...

The Launch of a Dream

The Launch of a Dream

Every once in a while, you have a dream. The kind you don't speak out loud because it's a little scary. You're afraid if it crosses your lips, it'll be too big. People will look at you like you're plain crazy. We're talking the kind of dream that you hesitate to say aloud. Then maybe one day you roundup the courage to whisper it under your breath. You murmur, "God, here's my dream. Take it and do what you like. Remove my own desire until it's o ...