Ash

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Beth spoke these words over me as she painted the dust on my forehead, in the shape of a cross. I cried quietly, overcome by both emotion and the anesthesia leaving my system. I was not fully aware of the depth of this moment, […]

Hidden Figures and Sins of Omission

One day I was talking to some friends (one male and one female) from work about my experience as a female in that particular work place. I expressed my frustrations about how it felt like I could never advance, even though I had more education and experience than my male counterparts. There was never a […]

Listening Together

Last Friday evening I met with my church small group, as we do most Fridays. I felt a heaviness following the election and wondered what it might look like to create space for us to listen to each other in group. As a spiritual director, a major component of my training was learning how to […]

What Formed You – 9/11

I still remember my dad knocking on my bedroom door that morning. I mumbled back that I was sleeping in – not running late. But he persisted in knocking and I heard the words “planes” and “Twin Towers”.  In my sleepiness, I wondered how two planes could fly into these buildings, when it dawned on […]

Sustaining versus Regenerating

Sustaining is a word that I have used a lot as a spiritual director and minister in the church. How do we remain sustainable in Christ? As a person who burned out from ministry in her mid-twenties (I was on the fast track), I had to shift in how I operated. Burn out was a […]

Mary’s Magnificat

This morning I was reading in Luke about Mary’s response to some surprising news (AKA, you are going to give birth to the Messiah).  After being blessed by her cousin Elizabeth, also dealing with a surprise pregnancy, she responds with what’s typically known as “The Magnificat” (from the Latin word ‘magnifies’): And Mary said, “My soul […]

Advent Resources

As a child, the word Advent meant one thing and one thing alone. Chocolate! I remember each year trying to be patient and only eat the chocolate prescribed for that specific day. Usually, a sort of bargain happened where I would eat 2-5 chocolates and then wait the appropriate amount of days before indulging again. […]

New Post on Gifted for Leadership

Hi All, I wrote a blog for the Gifted for Leadership blog on my experience with the unexpected gift of burning out.  I didn’t know when it was going live, so that was a lovely surprise to wake up to yesterday.  I hope you enjoy the piece.   My brother’s car sped off down the […]

Your Invitation

And here I am, your invited guest—     it’s incredible! I enter your house; here I am,     prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions     to get me safely through enemy lines. Psalm 5:7-8 (The Message) You are an invited guest of God.  Not just part of you, but all of you.  Sometimes […]