The Journey

This week I am on vacation, so this blog was written in anticipation of some time away in one of my favorite places: the mountains of Colorado. I know some people are beach people, but I am a mountain person. I long for the cooler weather, the sound of a gurgling stream or river, the…

Being Uncomfortable

In a conversation last week I was told, “growth only happens when people are uncomfortable”.  And let me tell you, it has been rattling around in my brain ever since! It seems there are a multitude of applications for this idea. Comfort is no place for change and growth. It’s not just that growth causes…

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…

Everyday Encounters

In worship this past Sunday, I shared briefly how I experienced a moment of gratitude while (of all things) washing the dishes. My hands were drenched in soapy bubbles and I was overcome by a sense of gratitude for the pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and baby bottles, many of which had been given as wedding…

Catching My Breath

It is not unusual for me to get caught up in the activity of life – busy tending toward hectic. Lists of things to do at work and home run through my mind, and it becomes difficult to just sit still and be. Yet, I long to just be. To be present with my family….

Strangers

When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a stranger? Growing up, I was often embarrassed by my mother who seemed to never have met a stranger. She would strike up conversations with people in line at grocery stores, talk to families sitting behind us at Rangers games and treat salespeople like…

Speaking Out

Do you ever find yourself mulling over or wrestling with a particular topic or question? I have been a part of a covenant group for about two months now.  Our covenant group meets on a weekly basis and it gives me the opportunity to have accountability to myself and to God.  It is helping me…

Baby Steps

ba·by step noun plural noun: baby steps a tentative act or measure that is the first stage in a long or challenging process.a very small step or advance in progress Over the last three months of being a new parent, one of the things I have noticed is how excited I get over the small…

Too Deep for Words

There are times in life where I just don’t have the words to say; Times when my heart feels weighed down and burdened with the pain and brokenness of the world; Times when there are no answers, or at least no easy answers; Times where my heart is broken. In times such as these, I am…

Blessed by One Another

This past Sunday I had the joy of witnessing an animated conversation between a college student and another adult member of the congregation. The young adult was excitedly sharing news about her summer as well as plans for the upcoming school year. Smiles lit up their faces and you could tell just from looking at…

Living into the Overlap: God, People & Purpose

Over the last month, I have had the joy of spending time with an adult small group examining our church’s understanding of discipleship. Connecting with God, Connecting with People and Connecting with Purpose formed the framework for the lessons and discussions that were shared. We looked deeper into both the biblical roots for this path as…

Familiar Stories

If I had to guess, I would guess that my family is not the only one that has stories. You know those stories, the ones that almost always get told whenever the family gets together. We’ve all heard them time after time after time. I’ve heard them so many times that I could tell them myself….