There are moments in your life that becomes fixed markers along the timeline. Afterward, time is marked as “before” and “after” that moment. For me, one such moment came in 2010 on the street near my home in NJ. If you know me even a little bit you probably already know that 1) I was born with only part of my right arm and 2) I hate running. These things are important… Read More
Do not blame God for the evils of men. These were the first words the Holy Spirit spoke through me. I was in a Colorado microbrewery, and still very much a baby (born again) Christian. The bartender saw the cross around my neck and began spouting his anger with God. He told me a story of how a mob of Christian men came to his childhood home and tried to burn it… Read More
Recently I was driving home from a Bible study praising God for the wonderful sunset and friends and women He has brought into my life, when out of the blue a thought struck me: What if that joke I told was actually offensive? Suddenly the beautiful sunset I was admiring seemed far away and irrelevant. I could feel that familiar knot of shame growing in my chest. My stomach felt queasy as… Read More
God has been speaking to me about my journey amidst the snow and the cold in this season. He is asking me to see my struggles through His point of view. The content of His message is actually the repetition of a talk He has given to me many times over. The amazing thing is, each time He reminds me, it has a new layer of meaning. And a new area of… Read More
Life is always a little out of reach. A little out of control. Whether we experience a beautiful coming-together or a minefield of delays, we are essentially powerless to command our future. God has designed our lives this way. He has literally designed this life to be out of our control.
I don’t know how much experience you’ve had with God, but take my word for it, His plans never fit neatly in a box. His plans are unconventional and counterintuitive (a.k.a. completely outside the box) because His plans for your journey are tailored specifically to you. You are unique and magnificent. The last place you belong is inside a box.
Listening is a skill not entirely valued in today’s culture. We live in a world where characters on a computer screen are the new currency. Our perceived value is based on the quality of our facebook posts, 140 character tweets and text messages. These days, it’s common to see couples sitting across from each other in restaurants paying more attention to their phones than each other. I saw a scene just like this… Read More
Part I: How we choose to turn our backs on happiness.
There is a tradition in my house. One I take very seriously. It is called “The Dance Party.” When sadness or stress becomes too much, this tradition is brought out and celebrated.
It was a rainy Sunday morning, but the atmosphere in my kitchen was far from dreary. I sat across the table from CC, a NJ friend I had not seen in years. She was passing through Nashville on tour with her band, Francie Moon and the Great Outdoors. Their performance the night before revealed incredible talent. It was their first tour together as a band, and I was honored to host them… Read More