Detours & Blessings

The Hurstview/Pipeline intersection was closed AGAIN. It’s not just the way I get to the church but also the way I take my son to school each day to avoid as many lights as possible. But now I had to find a different way. So, I drove through one neighborhood to avoid one school zone,…

We Need Each Other

In July, I had the great privilege of joining our Senior High students and adults on their mission trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. As many know, I have lots of experience with children birth – sixth grade, but I have always been a little intimidated by them once they move on to junior high and high…

Closer to God

How many times in my life have I been envious of those who get up an hour early each morning for devotional/scripture reading and prayer time? I imagine them in a comfy chair in a clean room with a cup of coffee or tea and a candle lit. These people always seem to have an…

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…

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…

Still Struggling with Santa . . . and Myself

Two years ago, I wrote a blog for the church about my struggles with Santa Claus now that I am a parent: The Grace of Santa While I have come to terms with those struggles, I have come up against another with regards to gift giving and parenting: Why does Santa always get to win? …

Thoughts While Roaming

You have probably noticed over the last few years that each Sunday we have one of our clergy “roaming” during the morning instead of participating in the leadership of worship. Whenever this is my responsibility for the morning I often hear, “Oh! You are off this morning!” If this has been you, I know you…

It Was Solved by Walking

I went for a walk yesterday. I will admit the main purpose was to get in more steps. Several of the church staff members are on a team, competing with people from across the United States, for the most number of steps over the period of time set for the challenge. While we are all…

I’m Not Wishing You a Happy New Year

My son blessed me last night. Not in the typical, motherly, “Oh my child is such a blessing,” way. He literally blessed me. After he crawled into bed, he said, “Mommy, I want to give you a blessing.” He took my hand, made the sign of a cross on it and said, “Mommy, you are…

Sacred Chaos

In addition to the regular routine of getting everyone out the door, this morning also included getting a baby gift wrapped, a fruit tray put together for my son’s Halloween party at school, treats together for his teachers, and getting to work on time to get ready for a meeting and handout Halloween treats to…

Will You Hold the Hope?

I’ll be honest. I have been sitting here staring at a blank screen for quite some time now. I had several thoughts last week about what I was going to write about, but in this moment, none of them seem right. Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak damage, days after it was no longer an official…