Life and Laundry in Glen Allen

Something I have been terrified of for most of my adult life has become a reality. I’m married and parenting in the suburbs. Please send help. I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, and I hated it. Everyone seemed to live life on repeat: work, school, homework, tv, wash the cars, mow the…

The Offended Generation

America. Land of the free and home of the brave. Or is it land of the triggered and home of the perpetually offended? I’m not so sure these days. Ok, ok, before you go get your sensory suit, hear me out. I truly detest hurting people’s feelings. As Christians, we should always love the person…

Start Here

I love the part in the Bible where the disciples just went about their normal lives and tried to be “nice”. They never offended anyone, and they got lots of “likes” on their encouraging and inclusive Facebook posts. Man, they were likeable guys. That’s not how it really went down, though, is it? That story…

Schmaschmortion

Whoever needs to hear this today: “Do not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9 Sometimes it’s hard to keep a smile on my face when it feels as if the whole world has lost its mind. When you…

Walking the Walk

This morning I texted my friend Debbie from the school parking lot after dropping off the little one. She was free, so I drove the short distance to her house and we did what we often do: walked and talked. We have a few differences, Debbie and I. Her children are grown, and she lived…

My God Story

Guys. I have NEVER had it all together. Not before I was a Christian, and not since becoming one. I fall short every day. But if God can take the mess I was, the girl who thought she had zero value, then he can do the same for you. The amazing thing is, he longs…

I like Big Buts and I Cannot Lie

What situation seems impossible right now? Where do you feel helpless? I have good news. If you belong to Jesus, there is always, always, always hope. We have a God who is present and powerful. Things may not look good right now, but God is in control; working all things together for the good of…

Contentment

Last night, gathered around our couch and enjoying country-style donuts and a delicious Meritage from New Kent Winery, a small but awesome group of friends read through the book of James. There is such a sweetness in simple fellowship. Food, friends, God’s word and good conversation. It was an anchor in a week where I’ve…

Forty, Unsporty, and Thriving

41. The year you get a bird feeder for your birthday. And the terrifying thing is, you asked for it. It’s also apparently the year when I’m naming the different terms for “love” found in the Bible and I forget the word “phileo” (Greek for brotherly love) and instead say something that makes my co-ed…

Trust me, I’ve been there

I’ve given my heart to some real winners. There was the alcoholic, the guy who stole my money and helped me look for it, and the one with anger issues who sent me an “I can’t stop eating” GIF because I didn’t want to date him anymore and had put on ten pounds that year….