Sustained, Refined and Purified

It’s been 16 months since he traded his military uniform in for overly recycled, faded brown scrubs. As I prepared it for the cleaners this morning, I was struck with memories and sadness. I spotted the dark sweat stains that had, 16 months prior, blemished the undershirt to his uniform. For three days he satContinue reading “Sustained, Refined and Purified”

A Few Parts Shy of Being Considered Useful

In all my frustration (and yes, I’ll admit a bit of self-pity) I thought, I’m so tired of fixing broken things. (Though, I think to write those words in all caps might be a bit more accurate in tone).
But just as quickly as that thought crossed my mind so too did the next.
Imagine if God ever tired of fixing broken things.

Shame Is A Lie

Oxford University Press (2019) defines shame as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Renowned author and shame researcher, Brené Brown  expands on that definition to explain shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love andContinue reading “Shame Is A Lie”

Choosing Joy Even In Our Suffering

Joy is the product of a journey and every journey looks different. But no matter how different one’s journey, our source of joy will always remain the same.

A nation that honors every veteran – even “the forgotten veterans.”

Annually we pay tribute to the men and women who’ve served and sacrificed for sake of our nation. Now known as Veterans Day, Armistice Day was set aside as a day to honor those who’d served during World War I (WWI). But with several major wars following Armistice Day was converted to Veterans Day toContinue reading “A nation that honors every veteran – even “the forgotten veterans.””

“You Have One Minute Remaining”

Her voice is awful. She’s rude and inconsiderate — often interrupting deep conversation with her monotone nonsense. Even after nine months of hearing her voice, it remains an annoyance. My husband calls daily, multiple times a day, in fact. The minutes we spend on the phone, regardless of how pointless the conversation, are extremely preciousContinue reading ““You Have One Minute Remaining””

Finding Strength in Weakness

This morning I stormed out of a staff meeting. It certainly was not my greatest moment. I wish I were able to say it was not my fault but I have no one else to blame but myself, for it was I who had chosen to walk through this particular valley silently and pridefully alone.Continue reading “Finding Strength in Weakness”

…by far my favorite year.

It’s been 7 years since we tied the knot; 7 remarkably challenging and insanely eventful years to say the least. Challenges and all, these last 7 years have been the greatest years of my life!  I never would have anticipated celebrating an anniversary in a correctional facility. Yet this year we did. And this yearContinue reading “…by far my favorite year.”