Spare Change or Real...

When each of my girls turned 16, I made them an offer.  They could have a big sweet 16 party with all their friends or I would take them to New York City for a weekend of shopping, sightseeing and a Broadway play.  All three opted for NYC.  I raised some wise girls! Recently it was my...

From Toxic Charity t...

Since February 2012, my post “Is Our Charity Toxic”, which contains insights from Robert Lupton’s book “Toxic Charity”, has been the number one visited post I have written. The basic premise of the book is this: When relief does not transition to development in a timely way,...

Both Worrier and War...

Today we arrived on the other side of the lake.  The journey began one year ago this week.  My family began this voyage leaving behind our comfortable suburban life.  We stepped out boldly.  Like Abraham we had no idea where it would lead or how we would get there.  Some thought we were...

God Needs a Little Help Jun01

God Needs a Little H...

In mid-February, my daughter applied to a specialty high school here in the city of Richmond.  She did her interview on April 1st and we were promised that within 2-3 weeks we would receive a letter letting us know if she got in.  Six weeks later, we were still waiting.  Every day for...

You are Breakable May30

You are Breakable

A friend recently sent me this in a text during a period when I was feeling overwhelmed. While I know my friend meant this as an encouraging word, it just hit me as completely untrue.  I know it is untrue because my father broke.  He took a gun and killed himself in our backyard.  So when...

Trash Talking

“We need to listen to what our lives are saying and take notes on it, lest we forget our own truth or deny we ever heard it.”  Parker J. Palmer Recently I shared an encounter I had with trash strewn all over a creek bank and how God called me to clean up that trash.  The whole...

Is God in Control?

Following a trail that I had never been on, I found myself lost in the woods.  The sound of the freeway traffic grew louder and louder and I expected the trail to turn away and head back toward the interior of the park.  I was a bit surprised when right at the base of the freeway, I found...

Two Ways to Live

In my attempt to find peace in the waiting, I ran across these wonderful insights written by Karen Moore, Guest Master at Richmond Hill.  These excerpts were taken from a longer piece titled “Living a Life.”  Karen writes, There are two ways of living a life. 1.   Try to figure out...

When Your Leaf Will ...

In my last post, I shared that I have trouble waiting.  I want to thank all of you who shared on Facebook and via email your suggestions for finding peace in times when it feels like you are stuck at a red light. My friend Janie Walker made a suggestion to me last week.  Janie knows I like...

Peace in the Waiting...

God has had me in a season of waiting.  It has been a very long season and I have grown weary of the waiting. In seasons of waiting, you are unable to move.  You can’t go forward, you can’t go back, you just have to wait.  It is like being at a stop light that never turns green.  For...