How This Little Act Could Change Your World

The extra, he seeks out My Man on the set and in broken English tells him, "I did not think when I first saw you that you could be the Director. You were not yelling, you were not screaming. In my years of being an actor, I have never worked with a Director who did…

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Our Privilege As People of the Cross

Last week I'm flying through the air in the wee early hours of my 32nd birthday. We're somewhere over Germany when First Girl starts belting out "Happy Birthday." Celebration knows no bounds and when joy spills over, all you can do is grab a cup and try to catch some. Because joy isn't always easy…

For All Those Who Know the Pain of Miscarried Dreams

This friend, she calls me all excited because after so many numbing months of negative tests and prayerful pleas, she's finally pregnant and this babe is a full 8 weeks strong and there's a heartbeat right there on the screen beating loud for me to hear. I'm rejoicing with her, all while quietly smiling because…

When You’re Pretty Sure You’re Failing Your Kids

I'm slamming cupboards and putting down breakfast bowls just a little too hard this Sunday morning. Before we're out the door, there are tears and wails and I'm this close to calling the whole thing quits. Driving down the road, the tension is thick in the car and this ugly truth glares bright: We're a car of…

The One Struggle We All Wrestle With

It's lunch time and we're poking at our cobb salad when the gut wrenching truth slips out: I've felt lonely since I was 8. So yeah, we're going on a good 20+ years of this same chorus. Like that unexpected guest who doesn't know when they've overstayed their welcome, loneliness keeps showing up as a bystander…

When You Want To Be More Than Just Pro-Life or Pro-Choice

Two pink lines slowly came into focus and my heart began to seize up inside my chest. Where there should have been excitement, all I could feel was dread and fear that threatened to choke the very air out of my lungs. While my husband chatted excitedly over breakfast, I fought back tears. Tears that…