Preparing for the Mystery

I am a part of a United Methodist Clergy Moms Facebook group. Earlier this week one mom posted about what a “bad mom” she was that she was so late in getting things for her child’s Easter basket, and my immediate reaction was, “Oh no! I haven’t even begun to THINK about that!”  Then I…

Spoiler Alert

When a new movie is released, or a highly anticipated episode of a TV show airs, the internet and news media are full of posts and articles that contain the phrase “Spoiler Alert.” If you see that phrase, you know that you might find out something that might ruin any surprises for you.  It’s like…

Time in the Garden

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year as daylight lingers longer in the evenings, and wildflowers pop out on hillsides. The change in weather even motivated me to get out in the yard recently to do some work. I spent a couple of afternoons pulling weeds in a flowerbed and trimming back…

A Forgotten Hobby

This Lenten season I gave up screen entertainment. Meaning that I’m not watching any TV or movies, no YouTube or Facebook, no games on my phone or tablet (only Sunday through Thursday, I’m not that intense). Instead I am spending my free time focusing on more productive habits like reading, and having more intentional time…

Prayer

We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad. The “Ahhhh” that floats up out of a 4th of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at…

Water: A Precious Resource in Africa

Why talk about water in my blog? Water is the theme of Lent 2019 in our church (First United Methodist Church of Hurst). Throughout the 40 days, we will study and ponder the storied waters in the Bible. All living things need water. Americans have easy access to clean and safe water and they take…

Settled Dust

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.                                                             – Romans 8: 28…

Understanding Trauma

I have a long background in working with children who have experienced trauma. Trauma is stored in our brain differently than memories. The neuroscience behind what trauma does to our brains is incredible. I am NOT a neuroscientist, and yet I’m going to attempt to give a very, very simple explanation that I’ve used with…

The Sun Came Up This Morning

The sun came up this morning, as it does every morning, but this morning I noticed. I noticed it because after the sun set on the Special Session of General Conference yesterday I wasn’t sure there would ever be light again.

Totally Texas

Earlier this week, I learned something. In Norway, “Texas” has become a slang word that means insane, crazy, or chaotic—as in, “That’s totally Texas!” Supposedly, western movies were popular in Norway in the 1950’s and many of those movies that portrayed that wild and chaotic era featured Texas as the setting, thus giving birth to…

The Sacred Ordinary

On Monday morning I was home with a sick child (he’s just fine now!).  To be honest, I was so tired that I was a little thankful to have an excuse to stay home and be with him. But first, I had a few work things that needed to be taken care of.  As I…

The Kingdom of God is Like . . .

What do you get when two chaplains, four ministers and two seminary professors go to dinner? This sounds like the beginning of a cheesy joke, doesn’t it? In reality, it was a wonderful reminder to me about how the Kingdom of God can be present in this world. Earlier this week, I shared a meal…