When Your Leaf Will Not Float

When Your Leaf Will Not Float

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...

Peace in the Waiting?

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...

Why I Walk

Why I Walk

If you are my Facebook friend, you may have seen this post back in January: “For the third time in less than a month, I have been mistaken for a prostitute. I guess a woman walking alone on Brookland Park is a bit of a novel sight. The guy today actually got out of...

What’s Next?

What’s Next?

In 2011 when Embrace Richmond chose not to continue to pursue federal funding after four years of relying on an AmeriCorps grant, I was terrified.  It has been nearly a full year since we ended our AmeriCorps program and I am now wondering why I hesitated for so...

The Courage to Fail

The Courage to Fail

Recently I was talking with a fellow middle age, middle class, suburb woman whom God has clearly called into the mission field - a place totally out of her comfort zone.  She shared that she has been wrestling with God over this call for a while.  She asked me how I...

A New Way of Being

A New Way of Being

Another Way of Being Michael Leunig “Dear God, we pray for another way of being: another way of knowing. Across the difficult terrain of our existence we have attempted to build a highway and in so doing have lost our footpath. God lead us to our footpath: Lead us...

Ending Well

Ending Well

2012 was a year of transitions for the Embrace Richmond staff and myself.  In 2012 we: Transitioned away from AmeriCorps funding to more congregational and individual donor support. Transitioned away from a program driven, direct-service approach to an intermediary...

The Vanishing Trail

The Vanishing Trail

In the spring of 2011, I set out to build a trail on our land.  Our property is on a very steep ridge and I wanted to cut a path into the side of the ridge that would allow me to access parts of our land that are difficult to reach.  I took hot pink surveyors tape and...

What Are You?: Pushing the Extremes

What Are You?: Pushing the Extremes

My 13 year old daughter, Caroline,  is just starting to try to understand the different labels we ascribe to people in our society.  In her civics class, they had the children take a test to determine how “conservative” or “liberal” they were in their belief system. ...