Tension Requires Confession

I am undergoing a quasi identity crisis.  Some things I know to be true about myself and these things make me happy and content, but within my soul I am finding black holes that suck the light and life and give nothing back.  I’m functioning and still laugh from my gut, and yet I’m also […]

Don’t Get Up Too Fast

A couple summers ago I decided to put a little sparkle in my nose. I walked into that store, picked out the stud, and followed the young, tattooed shop girl to the back room. Giddiness flooded my heart. The room was sterile and the girl, very professional, thorough in her explanation of everything that was going to happen. […]

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Is There a Happy Middle-Ground?

>I’m blogging because, for me, right now, it’s the happy middle-ground between escaping into my Netflix instant queue and being super proactive in researching church membership, statistics, options, scripture references, and the like. I don’t want to work that hard on something that might not end up mattering, but I don’t feel like escaping is […]

A Balancing Act

>As a mostly stay-at-home momma and a very part-time minister, it would seem like I have a lot of free time on my hands. And I kinda do. Kinda. As any stay-at-home parent knows, “free time” has to be filled with pretty mindless, easily interruptible, and quickly picked back up activities. You can’t get into […]

In the Tension Between Church and God

>I’m living in the tension between the Church and God. I’m not angry with the Church. I’m not hurt. I don’t have any personal vendetta against the organized Church. I’m not jaded. I’m just kind of . . . done. But not really. It’s hard to explain. A couple weeks back I had a conversation […]

Book Review ~ Mansions of the Heart

>I devoured, er, read this book given me by a great friend. I must say, the description of this book does not do it justice for I by-passed it because it sounded uninteresting, and had it not been for Robin suggesting that we read this together and then discuss it throughout, I never would’ve read […]

Changes Ahead

>This weekend, in just two days, we are moving. Along with the change of location, I have begun to re-inventory my life and my trajectory. I am making some changes and sharpening my focus. This blog will be more focused as well. Some of you may love it. Some of you will not. But hopefully […]

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I think we’re moving. To Medora. Permanently. I’ve blogged about Medora before. Medora is a little tourist-trap of a town at the entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in southwestern North Dakota. It’s where I fell in love with my husband and where both my children were . . . (I’ll stop right there; […]

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Paid to Pray?

I was sharing with a friend today about a personal dilemma I have encountered. I share these thoughts at her urging. Before I ever entered the ministry, I felt that it was/is part of the pastor’s job to pray and read the Bible. Part of a pastor’s role is to fervently seek the face of […]

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