Does God Like Me?

This morning I woke up in New Buffalo, Michigan. I slept in a queen sized bed next to my husband, sharing the room with two other guys on twin beds. There are 14 other people spread out amongst this beautiful Airbnb, which situated perfectly between full, green branches on tall trees, enhancing it’s woodsy, cabin-like … Continue Reading

Follow Fear

“I’m scared. Scared of losing money, comfort, stability, the changes that would follow…” were the words out of my mouth between gasps for air during my 15-mile run with a friend a couple of weeks ago. (No, 15 is not a typo. This whole training for a marathon thing is kicking me in the rear … Continue Reading

How to Care for You

Self-care is beyond taking a bubble bath or treating yourself to a new outfit. Self-care is knowing your needs – emotionally, physically, spiritually – and doing what it takes to meet them. In other words, it’s treating yourself with the same level of care you treat others. I had no idea just how bad I … Continue Reading

One Choice That Could Radically Improve Your Life & Marriage

How long have you been married? Have you dealt with infertility? Have you moved to a new place far from home? Do you have in-laws who aren’t easy to be around? Are your parents or friends disrespecting boundaries? Do you suffer from anxiety? Are you experiencing financial changes, health problems, or a faith crisis? Have you … Continue Reading

When God Asks You to Run a Marathon

I didn’t want to wake up at six o’clock. I didn’t want to run one mile, let alone 12. However, I did it and left with no regrets. Did it hurt? Heck yes, these hips and knees are feeling closer to 30 than 20 with each passing day. Am I eager to do it again? … Continue Reading

When Something So Natural Won’t Work Naturally [Guest Post]

I met Kristin at my darling friend Rachel’s bachelorette party in Florida. She was strikingly beautiful, outgoing, funny, and, the more I got to chat with her, I recognized a deep kindness and spirit of empathy within her. I told Rach, “Your soon-to-be sister-in-law rocks!” (In fact, all of her sister-in-law’s are so beautiful, inside … Continue Reading

Church, the Bible, and Four Small Words (a Book Recommendation)

When E and I first moved to Chicago in August, we set out to find a church we could both feel at home. Little did we know it would be the very first place we tried out: Soul City Church. The funny thing is that Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens, the lead pastors, were on a … Continue Reading

More Than the Trend: Why Jesus and Minimalism Go Hand in Hand

When E and I first got married we settled on a “life motto” to live by together– “When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.” It’s kind of mind blowing when I think about who I used to be. Do you ever do that? Catch yourself staring at an … Continue Reading

Gray

I haven’t always welcomed other beliefs, but it was my husband who, in his own season of doubt and unbelief, inspired me to ask hard questions and dig deeper. Who’s to say that the God I believe in isn’t the same God as the one somebody else prays to by a different name? Who’s to … Continue Reading

Choosing Real

Hello 2017, You’ve been a bit of a disappointment. I ran into your arms at the pace of my 6th grade skinny-self while 2016’s shadow lingered behind. I hoped you’d be a net of safety and comfort; a fresh start. But who was I kidding? You came, but not without my sassy attitude and negative feelings. I … Continue Reading