Can You Say “No” in Ministry? - This article is my attempt at tackling a question I’ve been wrestling with over the last few years. Many of you have walked with me in the wrestling. Thank you! I hope these words encourage you today. Forgiveness - ~~~~~~ The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. . . . The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. –Psalm 121:5,8 ~~~~~~ My mind … Continue reading All This Beauty - A blanket of snow fell last night. If I get bogged down in the shoveling and the ensuing puddles and the required gear, I miss the beauty. So it is with life: I can wallow in the brown slush or choose … Continue reading Work - “Let the excellence of your work be your protest.” –Bill Lane I read this quotation tonight and immediately felt discouraged that my work this week has consisted primarily of caring for my children, felled by strep throat and high fevers. Discouraged I didn’t … Continue reading Nothing works today— - Nothing works today— The vacuum, The bus, The heat. Nothing is complete— The laundry, The lists, The house. When nothing works the way I want, When I cut it to the bone, It feels like you’re out to get me, … Continue reading Bountifully - Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. –Psalm 116:7 We’ve lived in Pittsburgh for almost three months now. We moved into a house built in 1929. It’s a beautiful home with countless … Continue reading Rest - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters (footnote: “beside waters of rest”). He restores my soul. –Psalm 23: 1-3 He gives me rest. That … Continue reading Faith - We told our kids we’re moving to Pittsburgh this summer for a new job. They were sad, asked why we couldn’t stay, but amid the sadness, they accepted it. They have questions, ranging from the state bird and flower to … Continue reading The Brilliance of Pretending - I was privileged to write for Proximity Magazine on how play looks for us as adults and what we can learn from our children in The Brilliance of Pretending. I’d love for you to take a look; it just went live today.