This Goofy Election

I'm not sure I could come up with a quippy new anything regarding the presidential election of 2016. There have been rants, threats, aggressive tirades; there have been prayer meetings, tearful pleas, and silent protests. And my go-to response for all things contentious and conflicted? To squirm. In silence. Seeking cover and anonymity. I mentioned before I only write when I feel inspired by … [Read more...]

Inner Strength and Training Camp

If football season is anywhere on your radar, you're probably glued to ESPN or NFL Network looking for your team's updates. The guys have been there for two weeks, they're in the heat of full-contact drills, 3-inch deep playbooks, losing 7 pounds of sweat in an afternoon, and ice baths. They're e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. If my coaches' and player's wives will … [Read more...]

Reality Check

I work really hard not to fear. My friends and family will tell you I remind them often about the crippling power that fear has, and how to overcome fear with faith. But here's my concern: these attacks are coming more often, touching everyday humans living their everyday life. It's no longer a war being waged 'somewhere over there' with 'those kinds of people'. It's cowardly acts of violence … [Read more...]

Tough Love

On this day, the coaching world lost two of the greats. I didn't have any personal encounters with Pat Summitt, the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball team from 1974 to 2012, but I do know she was the winningest D1 basketball coach ever. Ever. Male or female, ever. My parents live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she coached. It's a small, big town with a real college town vibe. … [Read more...]

Distractions

A few months ago I casually listened to a celebrity on a talk show (so casually, I don't remember the celebrity OR the talk show!) as he shared his recent revelation about his own addiction to distraction -- specifically electronic detractors. He is a father with young children and recognized how difficult it was for him to fully engage in anything until he made some drastic changes. Last … [Read more...]

You Have No Idea How Much This Hurts Me

I've only boycotted one store in my entire life; a shop in Highland Park, IL:  I was looking for a formal dress to wear to a black-tie function Mike and I were attending at a higher-end dress shop. I wandered around the small shop for about 10 minutes while the sales associates were huddled together. They looked at me a few times, but made absolutely no effort to help me, or even ask if I needed … [Read more...]

Passion and Persecution

I love the joy of the Christmas season, the twinkling lights, the gifts, the general feel-good of that whole time of year. But I love Passion Week. Palm Sunday to Good Friday, culminating in Resurrection Day ~ Easter Sunday. The whole week is a mirror reflection of real life and it's roller coaster of emotion. One day we're happy and celebrating, and then in a matter of moments we can find … [Read more...]

Spiritual Muscles

This handsome senior has just been accepted into his first choice for college: BAYLOR! (And yes, it was his very own first choice.) As fabulous as that is, and as proud as we are, that isn't the reason for this blog. Two years ago, we were awaiting Baylor's response to Becky's  application and I was in knots. We were living in Minnesota, without a job, trying to move out of Minnesota, … [Read more...]

I Won’t Back Down

My small kitchen television held my attention while mindlessly making dinner last night, once again struck by the magnitude of evil it requires to massacre human beings for any reason. I felt compassion for the people whose lives were forever altered as they began their Wednesday morning like any other before it, not knowing how horrifyingly the day would end. I felt such hurt for the … [Read more...]

We’re Doing It Wrong

Another senseless shooting. More lives lost. Lives that matter, because all lives matter. I may be hasty in my post, because we don't know the real motive of the shooter. We don't know his religious or political bent, or his mental state, aside from the very obvious sickness it requires to massacre fellow human beings. All we do know is that he targeted Christians. And several unassuming, … [Read more...]