Just because I'm crazy doesn't mean I'm wrong.

Love & Obedience

As a parent, it drives me insane when my kids don’t obey. In those moments, it gives me insight into how God the Father must feel when we don’t listen and obey.  I have a really great job - and part of it is that I get to lead worship in chapel at a Christian school for elementary and middle school students.  Not long ago, our principal set up what she called a listening chapel. She had an awesome Pastor lead it. During different sounds (like waves crashing on a shore or a campfire crackling, for example) and in silence, [...]

Love Had a Dream

Beth & I are wrapping up our love series today. I’ve been thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, as we observe his birthday. I spoke with a friend recently who marched with him. At the time, my friend was an 11 year old boy. I cried as he told the story of how Dr. King took a rock to the head from an angry onlooker, but kept marching.  Our kids love who we love. They’ll hate who we hate. Dr. King’s dream did not die with him. His death will not be in vain. It’s up to US. [...]

Love Endures

Beth and I are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:7  This verse reminded me of Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” How can anything endure every circumstance? How can something endure forever? It must be divine. That is the only explanation.  It is FACT that there has never been a moment if your life that you have been unloved. Even in your darkest hour. At your worst. When you felt alone. When you were afraid. In your doubt. In your pain. In your guilt. In your best day. In [...]

When It Hurts to Hope

Beth and I are contuing our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13:7. Were looking at how love is “always hopeful”.  But what do you do when it hurts to hope? Yesterday was our “gotcha day”, and the fact it falls on New Years Eve adds an extra element of celebration. (It was the 3rd anniversary of our adoption being finalized.) Whenever I hear the word “hope” I’m haunted by memories of the pain I felt because it hurt to hope. Your doctors tell you there is little hope for bearing children. Your body is another year older and betrays [...]

Irritable is the New Black

I’m unsure of when it happened. But I’ve been super grumpy lately. Everything kind of annoys me. And when I feel that way, I tend to retreat because I don’t want to subject others to my poor attitude. Maybe it’s sleep deprivation. Maybe it’s the demands of wifedom & Motherhood. I wear irritable like a classic black dress to a party, but I’m not wearing it well. It doesn’t feel good. Beth and I are continuing our look at love based on 1 Corinthians 13. This week is about not being irritable. I want my love to not be so easily [...]

What’s In It For Me?

Beth and I are continuing our look at 1 Corinthians 13. Today we’re talking about what it means to be self seeking. I’m so tired and worn out as I write this. Sunday’s have become the hardest day of my week, and thus I’ve dubbed them the new Monday. My kids gave me a run for my money and I acted like a crazy person at church. I was so wound up, I could barely speak to anyone. What’s interesting is when you pray for God to give you children for the better part of a decade, you experience tremendous guilt [...]

Arrogance vs Confidence

Beth & I are looking at arrogance today in the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. I used to believe confidence was a form of arrogance. That somehow knowing who you are in Christ and walking in that truth makes you stuck up. I couldn’t be more wrong. It is actually the opposite. There’s a humility found in walking in the fullness of the Spirit and embracing who you are in Christ. There’s a freedom in knowing you’re nothing without Him.  Arrogance is an outward response to a deep rooted insecurity. It causes people to puff themselves up to the point [...]

Boastest the Mostest

Beth and I are continuing our look at 1 Corinthians 13. Today, we’re talking about boasting. In this golden age of technology, where every hiccup and fart is documented on social media, there’s an onslaught of “humble bragging”.  It seems like everyone is doing something cool. Living the good life. The best restaurants, concerts, vacations, schools - you name it. I think it’s easy to let our social media become a highlight reel.  But what if we were honest - with ourselves and others. That our Snapchat’s of life aren’t always the real picture, but a filtered image we want [...]

Me vs The Green Eyed Monster

When I say "green eyed monster", I'm not referring to my husband. Im speaking, of course, about jealousy.  Beth and I are continuing our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13; what it is and what it is not. And - it is not jealous; it does not envy.  I've been debating what to write here for days. I didn't know this was an issue for me, but here I am.  Years ago, maybe even as far back as my childhood, I'd pray to be able to sing like other people I admired. I often found myself jealous of their ability [...]

Kindness is the Cure

Kindness is like that perfect black dress; it never goes out of style. It costs nothing to be kind, yet means the world to the recipient.  Beth and I are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4b love is kind. When was the last time you saw a kind political debate over social media?  These are dark times in our country between natural disasters and acts of hate. If ever there was a time for kindness, it's now.  It's love in action; whether it's a smile at the grocery store cashier or donating blood to Red Cross. Kindness is doing what you can [...]