Unexpected Laughter: the tale of a blogger, a Pakistani, & a hot cup of Chai

“It’s been too long.” More accusations drum in my head: “I should’ve gone over weeks – MONTHS – ago. What will we talk about anyway? I’m a horrible human being. And a worse neighbor.” My insecurity is unrelenting. My neighbor is from Pakistan. English isn’t her first language and I’m a fool when I talk to people whoContinue reading “Unexpected Laughter: the tale of a blogger, a Pakistani, & a hot cup of Chai”

Throwback Thursday: Refuel (because I’m running out of gas in more ways than one) (You, too?)

Originally published March 3, 2014. I hate stopping for gas. I will drive as far as possible on “E” before stopping at a gas station. (Sorry, Mom & Dad – I know, you taught me better.) I hate the anxiety of wondering if I’ll make it to my destination before I run out – butContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Refuel (because I’m running out of gas in more ways than one) (You, too?)”

Lent for the rest of us: 2015 (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Can you believe Lent is nearly upon us? Lent, this 40-day journey leading up to Easter… a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus… all He is and all He’s done. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is on February 18 this year, and leads us to Easter on April 5. Now, if you’re doing the math,Continue reading “Lent for the rest of us: 2015 (and a GIVEAWAY!)”

Why I think Jesus cooks like a rock star.

If you know me very well at all, you know I have a deep, abiding love for cooking shows. Master Chef, Worst Cooks in America, Chopped… be still, my heart. It’s probably because I’m less than adept in the kitchen, (Exhibit A) (Exhibit B) and so I live vicariously through my TV. I also have a favorite celebrity chef:Continue reading “Why I think Jesus cooks like a rock star.”

To run with patience.

Is there a phrase or a Bible verse you’ve heard so many times you go on auto-pilot when you hear it repeated? As a runner, I’ve long had a bit of Scripture tucked away with special affection: …let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…  I grasp for it when I push for the finish lineContinue reading “To run with patience.”

The Process. (And what to DO when nothing’s DONE.)

I’ve been struggling with my writing this week month. I am incredibly grateful for this calling on my life. But, knowing I’m supposed to be a writer, I’d really like to streamline this journey and cut straight to the finished product. You know, something like: 1. I’m a writer. 2. Publish stuff. Boom. Done. Complete awesomeness. CallingContinue reading “The Process. (And what to DO when nothing’s DONE.)”

Brow lines, belly fat, & broken hearts. (Thoughts about the marks we bear.)

I’ve become somewhat preoccupied with the lines on my face this year. I’d like to tell you I’m incredibly self-assured, graciously embracing the changes in my skin and my body year after year. But that would be a lie. The truth is, I stare at myself for a shameful amount of time. Inches from the mirror, inspecting the changesContinue reading “Brow lines, belly fat, & broken hearts. (Thoughts about the marks we bear.)”

The Lie That Steals My Voice (and yours)

My friend Elizabeth posed a writing prompt last week: “When I hear the word ‘new’ I think of…” When I sit down to write, I often brush thoughts aside with the argument, “So-and-so has already written about that. I need to write something NEW.” Maybe you’re not a writer. BUT YOU’RE A SOMETHING. In what waysContinue reading “The Lie That Steals My Voice (and yours)”