Cancer, Loss, and Suffering Well

In 2009, we learned that my mother had stage four breast cancer. After almost three years of treatments, and just before my son’s second birthday, she lost her battle on February 23, 2012. On December 15, 2014, a very kind doctor told me that I also had breast cancer. The good news was that my cancer was caught early. Although …

Hope vs. Despair

I sank to the floor sobbing. I was exhausted and utterly heartbroken. In the middle of an extremely difficult season of life, I found out I was pregnant, only to find out something wasn’t quite right. I had known since my four week appointment that my numbers weren’t adding up, but it wasn’t until I was almost 10 weeks pregnant, …

How You Can Start Giving Back Today

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Review our Annual State of the Organization Address

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Prayers of His Saints

“There was a time I could not imagine saying this, but you know, I would not take it away if I could. God has used it for the good.” “As much of a hard, gut-wrenching time as it was… losing my baby taught me more about God than anything else that has ever occurred in my life. I can’t wish …

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?   Prayer. In the realm of spiritual disciplines, praying is the one where I constantly feel like I fall short. Where I fail miserably.  Prayer requires me to sit still, which is hard for me to do. It requires me to open up, to be vulnerable and submissive, which goes against …

Praying in Times of Trouble

Where do you turn when you are facing a difficult situation? I’d like to give you the “churchy” answer and tell you that I always turn to Jesus when I need help, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is, I turn to the internet, my Bible study friends, magazines, and a host of other fixes when I need …

Waiting Stinks: A Prayer for Those Waiting

Waiting. Stinks. Waiting for a new job, a baby, for someone we know to change, to find out the results. Waiting can be flat out excruciating. From the time my husband Adam found out about his cancer diagnosis, the days of waiting to find out how much cancer was in his body felt like an eternity. The wondering was grueling. …

Hope

As soon as my husband and I stepped out of the baptismal waters, I jumped feet first into every class and group I could get myself into. I was hungry for knowledge and had spent years watching friends and family serve in their churches. I simply couldn’t wait to do the same now that I had Jesus in my heart …

What Failure Has Taught Me About Forgiveness

The stereotype is true that the more kids you have, the more you let go. I used to think of it as a frazzled and frustrated letting things go, the type that elicits searing thoughts like, What a shame, she’s really let herself go. You know the picture—a disheveled mom with greasy hair and milk-stained t-shirt wearing the same sweatpants …