As many of you know, Jamie had a very serious back surgery in February, just before all this COVID-19 craziness started. She has suffered from severe back and nerve pain since 2003. Walking with her through the doctors, chiropractors, sleepless nights, and all the other pain and questions has been a humbling and harrowing experience. … Continue reading A Poem About Navigating Pain
I read a post the other day while quarantine Facebook scrolling: “Can’t go to work. No sports on TV. Who am I?” That’s funny on day two of quarantine. That’s not so funny on day fourteen. One of the gifts of this pandemic disruption of our “normal” lives is that it causes us to notice … Continue reading Noticing Yourself With God
A friend of mine called me yesterday – struggling. I was so proud of her for admitting that she wasn’t doing fine (it’s tough to ask for help in the best of times), and I felt honored that she reached out to me. We both felt encouraged by the end of the call. It’s odd … Continue reading Susceptible to Comfort
This morning I was contemplating some of the current pressures I’ve been noticing:Coming out of this shutdown with personal and business finances intactTrying to make good decisions with lasting consequences given insufficient informationTrying to make the most of this down time – resting, managing school at home, doing something productive, increased family timeKeeping my family … Continue reading Breath as a Battle Cry
Many days I find myself working toward the picture of a fabulous life that is in my head. It has pieces in it like my children settled into their lives and relationships and living out of their identity in Jesus without fear or struggle; a relationship with my husband that is encouraging, supportive, comforting, effortless, … Continue reading Hard Days, Good Things
I finally gave in to my girls’ requests to put up the Christmas tree. They’ve been asking since our first cold day in October. Now, I like Christmas lights and wonder as much as the next person, but I know myself. The extra excitement and clutter really wear thin for me after about a month. … Continue reading Early Christmas This Year?
I don’t know if it’s true, but I once heard that the 70 years the Israelites spent in Babylonian captivity was one year for every sabbath year they didn’t take while they were living in the promised land. You see, they were instructed by God to allow the land to lie fallow every seventh year...
In my last blog on October 9th, I wrote, “We rarely help people tell their stories, notice their hearts and minds, and give them time to interact with God and His grace for what they notice.” Today’s blog digs a little deeper into that. When I was growing up I would spend at least two … Continue reading Time to Notice Stories
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, … Continue reading A Full Table for Empty People
Imagine this scene with me for a minute. Satan comes to seek an audience with the Lord, but before he can say a word, the Lord says, “Have you seen My servant, Jamie?” (Actually, it’s probably best if you insert your own name there and fill in with the appropriate pronouns below.) “Have you seen … Continue reading Job and I Have a Lot in Common