Uncategorized Category

To My Dad on His Retirement (not Retirement)

Tonight, my dad “officially” retires from his 40+ years of ordained ministry, serving as a pastor in the local church. I use the air quotes because he not only has a full-time ministry position he’s starting in July, but also because I firmly believe some of his very best year of ministry, professionally and otherwise, […]

Read More

Stop Looking Around

Stop it. I know, right? We’ve talked about this before. But here’s the thing, I’m a starter by nature. And lately, God is forcing me to see that stopping is often as necessary as starting. Bob Goff teaches it as a discipline of quitting something every Thursday. (You can pick your own day if Thursday isn’t […]

Read More

The Magic of Character

Have y’all heard about Disney World?!?! Okay, maybe I’m behind here, but I was looking back at pictures from a family trip a couple of years ago, and the place truly is magical. But perhaps the greatest magic Disney captures, is the magic, and the power, of character – Character matters. This isn’t new and it […]

Read More

Endurance

This year I picked a word. I’ve never picked a word before. I thought it was clever when other people picked a word, but I never felt like it would work for me. In the past I have made resolutions in my mind even while adamantly proclaiming that I don’t make resolutions – they are […]

Read More

I Run (also some thoughts on faith)

I run. I’m a runner. Me and Forrest Gump, it’s what we do. I run to relieve stress. I run to be healthy. I run because I like to eat. I run to have time alone. I run to have time with my friends. I run because I enjoy pushing myself. I run because I’m […]

Read More

Be with my words

My husband and I, both being of the somewhat chatty variety, managed to give birth to two very verbal kids. Go figure. Most of the time, this makes for great entertainment. Clark and I muffle our laughter during prayer time as our kids pray for everything under the sun and we watch the surprised faces […]

Read More

Do the Math

Psalm 33:5 -The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. A wise leader recently told me to always do the math. He was talking specifically about leading through change, but I think it’s a nugget that holds wide application. When events like the horror that happened in Orlando on […]

Read More

Proper Pronouns

Yesterday my 7-yr old son ran into a door handle as he rushed ahead in a race to beat his brother to the car. He grimaced on impact and then immediately turned to glare at me. His look said it all – the accident was clearly my fault. Somehow, with my magical mom powers, I […]

Read More

A Culture of Extremes

We live in a culture that promotes and rewards extremism. I mean think about it, you either have to love Peeps (the candy) or hate them. There’s no in between. (I for one am still busy mourning the discontinuation of the Peepsters – dark chocolate goodness surrounding a marshmallow creme center reminiscent of love and […]

Read More

My Grown-Up Christmas List

On Sunday, I talked about making a grown-up Christmas list (you can check that our here), but now, without further adieu and with all necessary thanks to Amy Grant for the inspiration, here we go… Jenn’s Grown-Up Christmas List Stress-relief lotion – because kids and ministry and politics and adulting…FOR THE LOVE! (Please, Clark, and […]

Read More