Why you don’t need another Bible study and sinners don’t need more preachers

I held tightly to my little ones, the tire inches away from a cliff in the remote Himalayan mountains. The SUV rocked side to side. No seat belts. They giggled and waved to the monkeys. Kids are such wonderful adventurers. I, however, was in full “adulting” mode. There were endless horrible possibilities. It would take me days to list them all.  I held my breath as cars brushed past us. Greater is He that is in me. Greater is He that is in […]


My Guide to More Fun in the Ho-Hum

At 18, I was ready to buy myself a sport bike. I had a vision of myself laying rubber in the parking lot and turning heads as I cruised across town. When I met Jeff Reeb, it didn’t take much to convince me he was “the one” when he pulled up fast on his bike and walked over slow. He’s always had a calm, cool confidence. I remember looking into his blue eyes and thinking, “Well, you can propose whenever you’re […]


When the Wonder Suit Doesn’t Fit, Try Just Being Human

Last week I shared that I decided to give up coffee for 30 days. {Full disclosure} I’ve cheated a little. By day 5, I felt like someone sledgehammered me then locked me in a jail cell with toddlers. I decided for the betterment of my family, I should probably drink a little coffee to taper instead of going cold turkey. While I have been a bit of a grumpy bear, giving up coffee has allowed me to more clearly understand the true dependency […]


3 Powerful Ways to Overcome Fear Today

This post is in response to a 6-week international trip I recently took, starting in Israel.

“Look to your left. There are more than 300,000 rockets pointed at us right now,” he said, as we stood at the edge of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.

I was on this trip with 29 other leaders to Israel with an organization called Israel Collective. It’s their vision to build vibrant relationships between American Christians and the people of the Holy Land.

On this particular day, we journeyed to the border with an anti-terrorism expert for the Israeli and US governments.


Gratitude amidst Imperfection

I turned on my TV last night for a post-kid-bedtime veg session and, lo and behold, was almost moved to tears by a Thanksgiving commercial.

The voiceover read, “Imagine a world that instead of rushing out to buy we gave thanks for what we had.”


Your Plan to Re-Direct Stress

I was walking out of Wal-Mart and there she was… pacing, talking to herself, and holding her purse like a pickpocket was about to snatch it off her shoulder.

She didn’t look crazy.

I think that’s a Gucci bag, I gawked. I’d probably hold it tightly too.

I approached, “Ma’am, are you ok?”

(Insert thick Texan accent)


Red Cups and Coping with Screw Ups

My first noise, when I read it… “Ugh.”

It’s kind of the cross between a grunt and a sigh. Unfortunately, when I get super stressed I do it a lot. Others say it’s annoying. But, it doesn’t bother me, I can’t hear it when I do it.  😉

My second response, “OH… NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”


Overcome Your Fear of Your Dream

It was dark, musty, and covered with cobwebs. I just knew my neighbor’s house was haunted.

There’s probably a man with a chainsaw in there, waiting for a little girl just like me. 

But, this opportunity only comes one time a year and inside of that house was the one thing in life I wanted most. Candy. So, I conjured up my courage. 

I must keep going toward the candy. I will not allow my fear to keep me from this candy.


Defeating Racism in Real Life

I’m taking a break from my usual blog format to share something that my best friend, LaTisha, and I wrote together.

Our topic is “overcoming racism through authentic interracial friendship.” While we realize this topic is complex and there is no simple solution, we also feel that the conversation is worth having.

We hope that as you read this post and listen to our speech, located at the bottom of this page, you will open your heart and mind to allowing your friendships to be a source of authentic conversation about racism and healing.