It has been a hard week of conflict for me and Chad. The hardest it has been. I don’t intend to divulge the what and how of our conflict. But as He faithfully does, God has “restored what the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25) by redeeming the broken darkness of conflict with the wholeness of … Continue reading Darkness as Light
The next three feet in life have taken a couple bends in the road for us recently, resulting in an overdue silence in my writing. Chad has been in the process of changing jobs. I’m still at the zoo, but I’ve also begun some editing work for Morning by Morning (check it out!). We both … Continue reading When the plates fall down…
I had the recent privilege of writing an article for Desiring God on a recent identity struggle I’ve had in this new season being a wife but not-yet-a-mom. Whether you’re a single woman, a married-without-children woman, a single mom, a working mom, or a stay-at-home mom, may the Lord use my words to encourage us, … Continue reading The Children God Gives the Childless
I’ve been studying spiritual depression lately, seeking to understand it better for mine and Chad’s individual struggles with discouragement and for many of my friends who battle this unwelcome companion. In his insightful book, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, psychologist and biblical counselor Ed Welch describes one manifestation of depression: “Everything turns inward … Continue reading The Boomerang Burden
Today was a slow, rainy day in Akron, providing the perfect opportunity to finish my current read: Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle. I honestly shed a tear while doing so. I feel like I just lived a lifetime alongside Ms. L’Engle. While primarily focusing on her 40-yr marriage to her husband, Hugh, the book is an honest, humorous, and … Continue reading Two-Part Invention
I’m a young twenty-something. I should be changing the world, right? I should be traveling abroad, climbing the career ladder (preferably at a revolutionary non-profit organization, am I right?), going into the mission field, protesting behind my choice causes. There was a time about two years ago where I was sure I was going to … Continue reading What the Heck Am I Doing?
When I was young, my dad would create “proton energy balls” by scooping out bites of apple with a melon baller. This snack fueled me with “remarkable energy,” or so I thought. The placebo-effect at its finest. Well, here is my grown up version of proton energy balls: Protein Energy Balls. These make great on-the-go snacks … Continue reading No-Bake Banana Oatmeal Protein Balls