A Gift of Hope

I remember how years ago I learned that the Holy Spirit is always a voice a hope. I learned that I could ask God for hope; in fact, I discovered a precious prayer in scripture. It reads this in Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."This is the verse that continues to free my heart ....more

Something Leisurely

I had some hours of true rest today, and I knew it. How? I knew I was resting because of one adjective: leisurely ....more

2 Professional Questions

As students build professional materials--including resumes,...more

As Yourself: David's Stones

This morning I read the familiar passage in 1 Samuel 17 of the young David's deafeat of Goliath with the stone and the sling....more


Today a friend reminds me of what powerful things happen when we allow for spontaneity....more

If There's No Time for Wonder

It's a busy time of year with back-to-school, teaching assignments, and writing. Add in cleaning, meal planning, clothing shopping (children grow!), and connecting with neighbors, and it seems like there's no time to reflect or truly enjoy resting in moments of wonder....more

My New Verb in Scripture

All year, I've been examining how God guards our lives. The verb, guard, appears all over the Bible. But it presents as protect, watch, keep, to save, and to treasure ....more

So Excited for Freshmen

After all these years, I'm still so excited to teach first semester freshmen. There's this sense of overwhelming possibility, of a fresh start, of crafting an adult life, and of hope.Can you remember your freshman year of college and that first classroom with that first professor? Can you remember wondering if you could really do this? ...more

Always Infusing

I'm currently obsessed with mint and lime infused water. I chop up my fresh mint from the garden, slice up some lime, add ice, fill the water bottle with water, and enjoy. I refill the water all day long ....more

A Special Walk

Today my daughter and I took a very old dog on a lunchtime walk because her family was traveling for the day. When you walk a very old dog, you go very slowly. It was drizzling as we walked this slow journey, so the three of us looked pitiful--the black dog with shaking limbs and us shuffling in the mist.My daughter pet her the whole time and encouraged her ....more