New Beginning

After months of work and a series of miracles, I’m in the new place. Last night I unpacked the last box in my room, and I was finally able to walk through my bedroom without tripping over a load of stuff. The rest of the house is another story, but I do have a moment…

Joy Without the Hoopla

Hello friends. How are you? As I have been thinking of what to write this month, this story keeps coming to my mind. So while on a foreign church mission, a friend of mine was working with a companion who was really cruel to dogs. Everywhere they went, if he saw a dog, he would…

How to Navigate through Mighty Winds and Storms

As I came home from leave, I expected another quiet summer as always, picking raspberries, sweet tomatoes, zucchinis, and plums with my friend’s children, watching fireworks from my front yard, and if I’m lucky, taking a short road trip somewhere. But within two weeks of being home, out of nowhere, my roommate was given the…

Healing from an Unexpected Source

Today’s post is from one of my dearest friends: Jeniann Nielsen, a dedicated mother of five wonderful children and an amazing, generous friend. We met in college where she was my senior editor. And now years later, the roles are finally switched. Thank you, Jeniann, for sharing your thoughts and allowing me to be the…

A Pizza Box Message

One day, we stopped and got pizza. As the worker rumors rang us up, a thought came: “Why don’t you open one of the boxes and check.” And let the worker think that I thought he was incompetent? I just couldn’t. I walked to my car: “Open the box and check.” And fiddle with the…

How Answers to Your Questions Can Come in Unexpected Ways

While I was on leave, I started noticing butterflies on my walks. Finding yellow butterflies was my favorite, for they were so rare, beautiful and somehow sacred. Unfortunately I only got to see them from afar. My secret longing was to see one up close, to touch it or to have it land on my…

Pouting Rarely Brings Lucrative Returns

I got my manuscript from the editor and of all the edits, this one has been the hardest. It was written in English, but I have to say, it sounded like French. To prove that it wasn’t, my cute editor wrote something back in French. Thank you so very much, dear editor. Honestly, I’m not…

How Road Blocks Can Lead to Your Dreams

About a month ago, I came out of the library, and the car wouldn’t start. Usually jiggling the key a few times was all it took, but not this time. Several times it sounded like it was about to start but then to my dismay, it died completely. A thought entered my mind: go back…

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Sometimes experiences in our lives are painful. The losses are devastating. It slams you one right after another, and you’re suffocating. And you wonder how you will ever make it through the heartache, the bitterness, the anger, or the grief. If you are going through these experiences right now, it may be too difficult to believe….

Happy Holidays: Look and Receive

Merry Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday so far. I’ve been sick with a terrible cough that just won’t quit, and I’d like to say that while everyone around me has been hustling and bustling, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Christmas, but mostly I’ve been on the couch, flipping through…