When Your Faith Needs Growing

$200. That’s how much we had to our name August 1, 2014. Rent was due and we were a long way off from the $1800 we needed to stay in our apartment another month. We didn’t get to that place overnight. It was nine months in the making (sort of like growing a baby. The next few months would…

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Lessons from the heart of California

Driving North up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles, you see a stunning version of California. Crashing waves to the right, mountains and green fields to the left. It's enough to make even the most jaded Angelino rethink their disdain for the state. It's beautiful, peaceful and everything you would want for a scenic drive.…

When Big Grace Comes Through Little Hands

Her little hand stroked my cheek as I sang, "Amazing Grace." I could barely choke out the words, tears brimming and spilling over. It had been a hard day of toddler wills and parenting fails. Of angry flair ups and Hurry-up-we-have-to-go and tantrums on the floor. A day of being forced to face my wretched…

When Trusting is the Breath in Your Lungs

The breaths come hard and labored, like I'm trying to suck air through a straw with someone sitting on my chest. I've learned to recognize this as my body's way of letting me know that all is not well inside. I have stress-induced asthma and no matter how much I may think I'm at peace, my labored…

When Your Definition of Suffering Needs an Overhaul

Another job fell through today for My Man. Unlike so many in the past where it was just a possibility, he had actually been hired for this one and was ready to fly to New York tomorrow. The timing was perfect because a) any time we get a job these days it’s perfect and b)…