Today is my 35th birthday! Yay!!!! and whoa!!!! That is uncomfortably close to 40…! I’m in my LATE 30’s now…! (If you look at it from the standpoint of rounding up!) For the most part, I appreciate getting older, but this birthday is cause for reflection. (To be fair, most things are in my world.) … More Looking back and forward.
Dream with me about the potential of the church! In a time of so much change, where the world is shifting into a new age that is yet to be fully known and realized, let’s dream and imagine what it could look like for the church to be effective and productive as the representation of … More Dreams for the Church
Unknowns tend to cloud my thinking. Like a thick cloud, unknowns hang just above the forefront of my mind, with a heaviness that clouds my mental and discerning capacities. Why is the unknown so weighty, when there is nothing of substance there? It’s lack of knowing becomes the breeding ground for drops of “what-ifs.” They … More Life’s Unknowns.
When reading through portions of the Old Testament Scriptures, I try to imagine being a young girl growing up in the nomadic, Israelite culture of the ancient near east. My entire life is lived in a hot, desert wilderness and my home is a portable tent, kept within the respective clan of my ancestors. As … More My Toolbox: Night Vision
What makes suffering different from pain? Pain can be localized, like a cut finger or broken bone. Its message can simply say, “that’s hot,” “be careful,” or that I need to heal. But suffering seems to take pain to another level. It engages a deeper reality of the soul we otherwise prefer to ignore, that … More My Toolbox: Knowledge of my Enemy
Before my eyelids lift to mark the beginning of a new day, hours are already spent. I lay there aching, every muscle pulsing with discomfort. My heart pressed into the pit of my stomach with that old familiar feeling of nauseating heartbreak. No. I won’t grieve. I won’t let grief take over my life again. … More My Toolbox: Soul-Awareness
I have lived a lot of life in 34 years. Some people see this as tragic, but I know I am privileged. I lived a whole lifetime with my husband Lynn, had my babies, became a widow and single mom, re-married to my amazing husband Brent Dongell, learned the hard work of becoming a healed, … More My Toolbelt: Introduction
What an incredible life I am living. A week ago yesterday, I completed the longest stretch of travel I have ever done, about 4.5 weeks. It was by far the longest amount of time I have been apart from my girls, though I had two quick overnighters interspersed throughout the 4.5 weeks. It included writing … More God’s Timing, Part 1
(My apologies if the formatting is still wrong. It is not publishing as it is supposed to…) Last week, some of the beautiful ladies on our university campus invited me to share with them about being “kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23b). I was richly blessed in the study! … More The Way of Abiding [Celebrating God’s Faithfulness]
I spent a lot of time over the last year, now that I’m writing from home, asking the question, “Am I a leader or not a leader?” I don’t fit the profile. I don’t have the energy or drive that some leaders do. And I love being a wife and a mom… I am an … More Learning leadership with Jesus at home