Freedom Tastes Better

Freedom Tastes Better

This post is difficult. While I am celebrating a huge milestone, I'm a little gun-shy. I pray sharing this part of my story will bring real hope and help to those who feel like freedom from food addiction is not possible. Throughout my life, food has always been a struggle. A refuge of sorts. I can remember sitting in my closet as a fifth grader eating packets of Easy Bake Oven brownie mix. I've had a longstanding inappropriate relationshi ...

Will There Be Enough Room?

I don't exactly know when it started. I would imagine it was when I was small because I don't remember a time when it wasn't a thought. At the age of 41, I still struggle with it--this whole business of being enough. Smart enough. Strong enough. Funny enough. Skinny enough. Productive enough. Just enough. I don't think I'm probably alone in this line of thinking. It seems like it plagues us and follows us around at inopportune moments. Moments li ...

Put a Little Lent in Your Life

“Hey, Granny. You’ve got something on your forehead,” my youngest brother harassed in our family’s typical snarky tone. My Granny just smiled at him and stuck out her tongue. She was just as feisty as the rest of us. The whole exchange was unusual. Not because of the sarcastic banter, but because my 78-year old, chain-smoking Granny who had both Prince and Barry Manilow in her tape deck had ashes on her forehead. Her name was Lola and whil ...

The Joy of Shenanigans

It was one of those days. You know the ones. Where you want to scream if one more thing does not go as planned or if there is one more outburst from the kid or if one more ring of the phone has someone adding something to your responsibilities.I honestly don’t even remember how it all began or what all of the actual events of the day were, but it was constant. One thing after another.Daughter’s lost lunch box.My forgotten phone.Trip home to re ...

Big Crazy Dreams

Have you ever had a day when in a matter of minutes, the course of your life completely changes? I'm sure it happens more than I think it does. Probably in ways that aren't so great and in others that are brimming with joy. This happened to us in April. One beautiful day over his spring break, Matt and I were having lunch down on Mass Ave here in Indy. Going to lunch for us is a rarity because of our work schedules, so it was a treat. Th ...

Be All That I Need

I was recently asked what the “State of My Faith” was. This is my reply.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1  “and without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6Not too long ago, Abigail told Matt and I that she didn’t be ...

Emptied Himself of All but Love

Lent: Resurrecting EasterEmptied Himself of All but Loveby Laura DingmanHe left His Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace.Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's helpless race.'Tis mercy all, immense and free, For, O my God, it found out me.Amazing love!How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me!                 from "And Can it Be" by Charles Wes ...

Broken and Poured Out

Lent: Resurrecting Easter Week 1Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 NRSVAs we begin the Lenten journey ...