It has taken me four months to work up the strength to write this post. How do you say good-bye to a dear friend, co-worker, a partner in mission, prayer warrior, and someone I had loved like a daughter?
There are times in our lives when our stories collide with those of others. I am writing this post to share one of the life-breathing stories I had the privilege of hearing over the past summer. If I could, I would invite you into a friend’s church in North Minneapolis. I would introduce you to … Continue reading Beacon of Hope
Definition of CONFLUENCE 1 :a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point • a happy confluence of weather and scenery • a confluence of cultures 2 a :the flowing together of two or more streams b :the place of meeting of two streams • the Mississippi River's confluence with the Missouri River … Continue reading Confluence
Summer. The season that doesn’t last nearly as long as I would like it to. The season I wait for all winter. And it goes by way too quickly. As I look towards fall I get a little angsty. The grieving of the season not even done yet. Why can’t I just settle and be … Continue reading Being Patient and Present
My friend, Barb, has one of the most generous hearts of anyone I know. She inspires others to love completely and with abandon. I love her story even though it rips my heart in two. She has similar strengths to mine and yet lives hers out in a way I could only dream of. She … Continue reading Barely Surviving, Trying to Thrive
Meet Kristin. She shared her story with me years ago. It has directed some of my discussions with my teenaged daughters. It has helped me when going through this season where I have felt like my idea of beauty has been completely reworked. This struggle is real and isolating, the feeling of not enough or … Continue reading I am Enough
Best laid plans don’t always go as planned. Sometimes they can go completely off track. We were headed to Florida for a fun spring break with friends. They had already flown out the day before and we were to meet them later that day. We arrived early and waited to board the plane, only to … Continue reading Detours
This was too good to wait for this weekend's post. You won't likely see me sharing a lot of my picks for reading. I can tend to be kind of particular in the books I choose and what I enjoy. Typically, they tend to be nonfiction and first-hand accounts of people’s stories. I know, not … Continue reading Fun Summer Read!
I met Garrett a few years ago after a stranger told me about his remarkable story of resiliency and perseverance. I then had the opportunity to hear his incredible story when he volunteered to speak with a group of middle-schoolers I was mentoring in their strengths. What struck me most in his story was how he … Continue reading When the Ground Falls Out From Beneath You
What do you do when your world feels out of control but you have the strength of developer? You foster puppies, of course! The strength of developer is defined as seeing the potential in others. You see everything as having potential and being alive with possibilities. You want to see others experience some bit of … Continue reading The Strength of Developer