The 3×5 Challenge: What to Do Before You Pick A Position on Anything (Week 3)

Have you noticed lately that People of the Cross seem to be lining up more with political parties and less with particular positions? Or maybe that's just us in this crazy cowboy country. We pick from a couple letters of the alphabet and somehow that's supposed to clarify everything we believe on anything. But a…

The 3×5 Challenge: When You’re Ready to Get Specific (Week 2)

It's been a week of small, hard stops. Three times a day for five minutes to try to slow the breath, quiet the noise and declutter the soul. One week in and I've already missed a few, days when the alarm clock blared and I just couldn't drag myself up because of long hours and…

The 3×5 Challenge: When Your Soul Needs A Detox

The wheels start to lift and I turn the phone to airplane mode, hitting play on the music. As we ascend above the clouds, the noise from the day-to-day slips away and my thoughts drift to the bird's eye view of my life. In the digital desert of the sky, Abba and I start talking. Or…

Why a Picture Still Falls Short After a Thousand Words

First-girl is running around the backyard, cutting grass to feed to the neighbor chickens. Second Little has a carrot the size of her arm in her hand, freshly pulled from our miracle garden, because really, who would have ever thought I could grow something from soil and sun? We're sitting in the backyard, waiting in…

When You’re Trying to Help Your Wounded, Younger Self

We’re twenty minutes into arguing about throwing First Girl a birthday party before it slowly dawns on me that this isn’t about her at all. At least not really. I’m standing there arguing that she needs some friends when I’m really fighting hard for another little girl. A girl I know all too well who…

Why the Cross is Hope for all Our Busted Expectations

It's Palm Sunday and I'm grumbling in the back, feeling anything but arm waving and hallelujahs. And Abba, He gently nudges me, gently asks why the dark cloud? It takes me a few minutes and then I hit on it. I'm so disappointed that I once again fell for the trap. The trap of an…

Here’s the Thing You Need to Know About Great Love

It’s that week of paper hearts and too much red and not so great chocolate. People are scrambling to have that perfect date or maybe bemoaning that yet again, they’re without a plus one. Us? We’re in two separate cities in what has become a temporary normal. But then ours is not an ordinary relationship.…