Grief · spiritual growth

Give Me the Strange Life: Johnny’s Legacy

On the first day of October the world lost some of its beauty when 23-year-old Johnny Strange died in a wingsuit accident. The young man had been climbing and jumping his entire life. He holds the world record as the youngest person to have ever climbed all Seven of the World’s Summits. I never met… Continue reading Give Me the Strange Life: Johnny’s Legacy

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I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Pumpkin Garden

God didn’t promise that that your child’s self esteem would be high, or your interest rates low. He didn’t promise that your Mother-in-Law would be kind, that your neighbors would be friendly, or that you would conceive a child.

spiritual growth · Uncategorized

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

A friend of mine gave me a great suggestion when we relocated to another state and would no longer live near our toddler granddaughter. She suggested I get a children’s book and read that same book to my granddaughter via FaceTime or Skype whenever I had the chance. My friend was spot on in her… Continue reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Grief · spiritual growth

Feeling Twenty-Two

A baby girl was born twenty-two years ago: flawed, imperfect, and desperately wanted. Her little life ended before she was two, and because a Momma never forgets, on this, her birthday, I am feeling twenty-two. It’s twenty-two years with her, but not. It’s twenty-two years of her here, then gone. But that’s not all it… Continue reading Feeling Twenty-Two

Kimly's Trade · spiritual growth

Ready to Quit, After Four Short Days

Have you ever noticed how as soon as we take that first step in faith, we begin to feel like we are on the wrong path? Ironically, we find ourselves wanting proof where God has called us to walk in faith. Is it just me? Or can you relate? We can be completely confident in… Continue reading Ready to Quit, After Four Short Days

Community · spiritual growth

Jacob and the Pokémon Card

Imagine you’re an active six-year-old boy named Jacob. Like any youngster, you have some favorite possessions, and sometimes you’ll bring those items with you to places that don’t necessarily make sense to adults. For instance, one day while you were getting ready to spend the afternoon doing fun things with your Mom you decided to… Continue reading Jacob and the Pokémon Card

Community · spiritual growth

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned at the Community Pool

Growing up in Southern California in the 70’s, the kids in our neighborhood invaded the community pool as often as possible. It cost twenty-five cents for entrance to “The Plunge”, and it was, easily, the best quarter I’ve ever spent. With that quarter came a mesh bag for your towel and flip-flops (although, back then… Continue reading Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned at the Community Pool

affair recovery · spiritual growth

When Comparison Met its Killer

Comparison dug its teeth into my heart. The irony of what I was experiencing was not lost on me, but it didn’t minimize the effect of the downward spiral of emotions I was feeling. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to speak at a women’s coffeehouse event at a church in Phoenix. The… Continue reading When Comparison Met its Killer

affair recovery · Community · spiritual growth

Serendipity at the Cappuccino Bar

This is the tale of two women, the day God decided they needed to meet, and the morning they learned why. It was a lazy Saturday morning in February, and my husband and I were laying in bed sipping coffee while we leaned into one another and let time drift by with little conversation. We… Continue reading Serendipity at the Cappuccino Bar

Community · spiritual growth

Greedy with Love

We can be greedy with our affections. We can be greedy with intimacy towards our husbands. We avoid eye contact during sex, but then we look for romance in a movie or a book. We can be greedy with our affirmations to others who are gifted–especially if their gift mirrors our own in some way.