Love & Logic

Last winter, Louie and I went on a 24-hour indoor waterpark adventure together. He talked non-stop as we packed, drove an hour, and checked into the hotel. When we walked into the waterpark, he hugged me and we were off! …

Reality and Mystery

Frank Laubach prayed, “If every annoyance can be made to remind me to turn and grip Your hand and ask You, ‘What are you saying through this vexation?’ then I can turn life’s rough spots into Your vocabulary.”1 Reality—be it vexing …

A Leadership Manifesto

I believe that leadership is a form of influence.  Jesus-style influence is internal authority–when the weight of one’s presence affects those around them. As such, leadership is not sourced in–though it at times can be served by–superlative giftings, skill sets, or …

The Beautiful Old

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 When did we stop inviting the ancient …

Pink Ribbon 6: Reflections

(Below is the last entry of the Pink Ribbon series: reflections on the experience from November 2013 journal entries following the November 5th bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.) November 14, 2013 1pm Thursday Venice Beach, CA A forty-five minute morning walk …

Pink Ribbon 5: Post Surgery

(A pink ribbon summary from a journal entry one week after the surgery.) November 12, 2013 10am Tuesday Venice Beach, CA  Oh Father, a week ago I was in surgery. Today I’m being serenaded by the Pacific Ocean. So much …

Follow

“Follow me,” Jesus said.* Jesus’ “follow” invites us to write resignation letters to self-leadership. Jesus’ “follow Me” promises us that we will never be alone. Often the only way God can guide us into His purposes is when we do …

Pink Ribbon 4: Preparing for surgery

(This is a series of raw pink ribbon blog posts from my breast cancer journey. This one begins four days after receiving the diagnosis.) October 21, 2013 12:15pm Monday at home “I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of love”—the …

Pink Ribbon 3: After the diagnosis

(This is a series of raw journal entries from my breast cancer journey.) Journal Entry: October 20, 2013 12pm Sunday at home Precious Savior, Thursday brought sad news and You have been faithful to carry us. Though realism prepared me …

Aging Dreams — Hope that Outlasts Expiration Dates

Today, I am typing from an earth-brown chair by a tame fireplace in Cannon Beach, Oregon where I am attending my final two DMin classes. The day is perfect for writing and I woke up with anticipation, excited to write. …