Do you have the guts to play for blood?


It's one of my all-time favorite movie lines. The cruelest, bat-crazy, bad guy looks like he's about to win again. But Doc Holiday slides in all cool like and they have the best short dialogue EVER! RINGO: Wretched slugs, don't any of you Have the guts to play for blood? DOC: I'm your huckleberry. Ringo … Continue reading Do you have the guts to play for blood?

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Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness


Recently I am being asked more and more to share a talk I have created on building resilience in children. The basic foundation of the workshop is intentionally teaching our children how to forgive. For any children in our lives, we need to actively find ways to eliminate brittle bitterness. Instead, we need to model and … Continue reading Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness

I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away


I recently had a new tattoo created. It is a protective caim encircling each of my children’s names on arrows. The symbolism is centered around Psalm 127. I want to provide a sanctuary of safety and security for love and acceptance for my children as they grow and develop. However, my ultimate desire is to shoot … Continue reading I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away

əˈbīd: Conversations with God


a·bide əˈbīd/ verb accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation). "I said I would abide by their decision" synonyms: comply with, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, acknowledge, respect, defer to "he expected everybody to abide by the rules" 2. informal be unable to tolerate (someone or something). "if there is … Continue reading əˈbīd: Conversations with God

A Place At The Table


I was flipping through pictures on my phone and came across this one taken at The Sparrow's Nest a few weeks ago just before dinner time. It reminded me of the Sidewalk Prophets song "Come To The Table." The people seated at this table change sometimes almost daily but the invitation is still the same. … Continue reading A Place At The Table

One lie we cannot afford to keep selling to our children and 10 scriptures to help them break through


I am going to say it. I may not have had to walk uphills both ways in the snow wearing one shoe while chewing on cornstalk for daily nutrition but I do think there is something unique about my upbringing that is lacking today. I wasn't allowed to quit. To be called a quitter was … Continue reading One lie we cannot afford to keep selling to our children and 10 scriptures to help them break through

A few ways I am not going to be “that mom” this school year


As a former educator I should be my children's teacher's favorite parent. I should be the one to know about assignments before they happen, keep track of the teacher's birthday, turn in permission slips on time and without jelly or coffee stains on them. But alas, I am every teacher's not exactly nightmare, but just … Continue reading A few ways I am not going to be “that mom” this school year

Still include in the better yet ideal return home


The ideal return Home still includes someone's eyes lighting up when you walk through the door or better yet meeting you at your car door with an back breaking embrace already starting so you can't begin to get out of the car but not staring through you with resigned disappointment not seeing you as you come … Continue reading Still include in the better yet ideal return home

The Top 6 Things the Intrawebs Taught Me Today About Women In Leadership


I am not interested in the rest of the world realizing that the entire planet actually is run by women who do not have the actual titles or pay to back that up. If men are ever given the honor of carrying life I might change my mind. However, I am interested in many aspects … Continue reading The Top 6 Things the Intrawebs Taught Me Today About Women In Leadership

I don’t have anything innovative to say.


You may find yourself in a similar position as me. A cool thing has ended and you are waiting around for the next cool bus to jump on. Maybe it's a project. Maybe it's a job. Maybe it's a calling. Maybe it's just a feeling that something is coming down the line. I may not … Continue reading I don’t have anything innovative to say.