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Why I walked away from my leadership position at a megachurch (and why I’m ready to talk about it now).

Ministry

Why I walked away from my leadership position at a megachurch (and why I’m ready to talk about it now).

2 years ago

There has been momentum when it comes to women in the church serving in positions where their voice is not only heard, but influential in making decisions amongst leadership. I am so happy about that. The more I serve in the church, the more I see men and women fighting to make the necessary and difficult changes to make more room at the table (both[...]

the lie i’ve loved.

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the lie i’ve loved.

3 years ago

Motherhood (ok, fatherhood too) and worry go hand and hand, right? My mom still tells me to be careful or to call her when I get home. We live 4 miles from each other. My motherly worry started early for me, in pregnancy. I’m one of the millions of women who were blindsided by miscarriage, losing our first baby only a couple months along. Fast[...]

Can generosity solve the problem of school shootings in America?

Family Life

Can generosity solve the problem of school shootings in America?

4 years ago

This morning millions of mothers sent their kids off to school. I, myself, just sent my 3 kids off to school. Which is fine, moms send their kids to school, but when its only hours after 17 people lost their lives during one of the deadliest school shootings our country has seen, it’s anything but fine. Words cannot even describe the feeling, the sick, sinking[...]

five ways to get over yourself.

Family Life

five ways to get over yourself.

4 years ago

Because lists are fun... Listen.  When someone else is talking.  Actually listen. This is not a skill that comes supernaturally to me.  It’s a discipline I have to practice.  Like going to bed on time, or only eating 1 s'more as opposed to 5 (this is a real problem for me), or doing laundry more than twice a month.  I can do it, all of[...]

power struggle.

Ministry

power struggle.

4 years ago

This past week, I have had to debate with my kids about a bunch of stupid stuff.   Why you can’t shoot water guns in the house, why we don’t wear makeup at the age of 8, why we need to brush our teeth for longer than 2 seconds, why two pieces of bread on top of each other is not a sandwich, why peeing near[...]

pee smell.

"Deep" Thoughts

pee smell.

5 years ago

I’d had visions of driving my minivan off a cliff for some time.  It’d been the family vehicle for 6 years.  We got it when I was 8 months pregnant with baby number 2, add one more child to the mix, THOUSANDS of miles, every stain, spill and bodily fluid truly known to man.  A four year old who called the section between his seat[...]

baby fix.

Family Life

baby fix.

5 years ago

I went and saw a new baby today.  It was so wonderful, number one, because I am not having any more babies.  All of us ladies who are past that stage of life know, we need our fix from time to time.  Number two, there is just something so beautiful and inspiring about being around a newborn.  The whole world in front of them.  Life,[...]

muffin top.

Health

muffin top.

5 years ago

It’s fall, and I think we can all agree, the best season for us Midwesterners.  Summer in Michigan is long and rich, but for some reason, we over do it here - every nice day feels like it could be the last (remember when it was snowing in MAY!?) I see it in my friends pictures and posts, we hit the Lake MI coast, we[...]

trenches.

"Deep" Thoughts

trenches.

5 years ago

A couple of days ago, after a fun filled weekend of camping and family time, I decided to take my kids swimming at my brother’s one last time this summer.  Here’s the thing.  My heart was NOT in it.  I wanted to stay home and tackle the mountain of laundry left in the wake of only 3 days of camping.  Maybe rest before the work[...]

bold.

Ministry

bold.

5 years ago

My first boss of my first job out of college nicknamed me “Katrina”.  The year was 2005 and she was referring to one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit our country...Hurricane Katrina.  I started this job in July 2005 and by the end of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina was headline news.   One month into my career and it was obvious that my[...]