A Life Less Ordinary Jan27

A Life Less Ordinary

I’m a quote person. I relish in them.  Biblical ones. Inspirational ones. Funny ones. Thought provoking ones. Quotes that make me pause, contemplate, cry, laugh, think…I have journals and journals of them. As a freelance writer, I work them into my pieces, I use them on handmade...

Belief and the Beatles. Jan23

Belief and the Beatl...

I was a sophomore in high school when I became a music snob. There was a guy, John, in my English class that I knew but didn’t really know, you know? You know. One day, out of the blue, he got my number from the class list and called me. He thought we should be friends. We started talking...

The path to quiet

I am a seeker and a questioner. I am a songwriter and a reader of some moderate scale. I live in a town where many make their living on words. I am drawn to those that think and question. I am drawn to those that while they respect and even have a fondness for traditions, they are not bound by...

Dirty Hands Jan19

Dirty Hands

Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child,...

The Turn Jan17

The Turn

There have been many crossroads in my life. In a lot of way there are crossroads for me everyday. Places where I must choose. I have to turn one way or another. Obviously some choices are bigger than others. It seems like the bigger ones in my life have taken years. Like it’s a big long,...

Welcome to Your Plac...

What if there really was a place at the table for everyone? An equal place…What if we really welcomed everyone who sat? What if we saw worth in everyone who sat here?  What if we valued their opinion or what if we simply just vowed to listen, to hear their story, their life?  What if...

Wounded Healer

I have many blessings and thanksgivings in my life. And during the holidays, I’m reminded of all those things.  I’m thankful for friendships, my boys’ joy, my flexible job, vacations, and my hubby’s unconditional love. And I’m blessed to be able to spend time...

Shut up and Listen

Last Friday afternoon I was tearing around the house like a bat out of hell, tossing things in a suitcase helter-skelter and keeping one eye on the clock.  I had an appointment with God in western Tennessee.  In a moment of weakness, I’d signed up for a guided silent retreat at a convent somewhere on the way to Memphis.  All I knew is that it was two and a half hours from Franklin and it didn’t take second grade math to figure out that I was leaving too late to arrive on time.  Sigh! Not the best way to begin my weekend of retreat from manic modernity to silent listening. Welcome to my world.  Too much to do – good things, most of...

A Lot Jan04

A Lot

I have read the bible a lot. By read, I mean that I’ve followed along, tried to keep up, underlined and made notes. I have done this sitting, standing, in the dark, outside, in a tent, a cabin and a church bus. I have done it alone, with a friend, in a stadium of 70,000 and at the Washington...

Fear: The other four letter word Jan03

Fear: The other four...

It seems that once fear is introduced into the fabric of our lives, then it always resides there in some fashion. One definition I found of fear is “A distressing emotion aroused by a perceived threat”. Shew, there sure is a lot of room for interpretation with that one. Is there a...

Me Too Dec31

Me Too

It is December 31, 2010, and the world is hovering between the old and the new. Our New Year’s Eve plans were cancelled at the last minute when the hostess was hit with a nasty case of the flu. So here we are at home waiting for the guitar to drop on Lower Broadway, and reminiscing about the...

The Reluctant Christ...

For a long time when people asked me if I was a Christian, there must have been a puzzled look on my face as I searched for a way to answer that question. Many times the word Christian has come with so much baggage and expectation, and much of that I didn’t want anything to do with. I...

Welcoming Advent Dec11

Welcoming Advent

I don’t go to the mall much. It’s not that I don’t enjoy shopping for Free People Anthropologie Uggs and massage gift certificates, (yes, dear this is a hint) but maybe like yours, our disposable income is a little harder to come by this year and honestly we’ve accumulated enough stuff...

The value of community.

I was sitting on a bench in downtown Nashville during a laser tag lock-in. I had just rolled my ankle by trying to run backwards up a ramp and was trying to sooth my injuries with mass quantities of Dr. Pepper. Not generally the kind of moment you think will change your life. Then my pastor sat down next to me and asked, “Sooo… how attached are you to your job?” They wanted a youth pastor. I loved teenagers but had no real ministry experience of any kind. We decided to give it a go. I was terrified. TERRIFIED. I had no idea what I was doing. How do you teach Sunday school? How do you find good adult leaders? What kind of...

Finding Center

One of my Facebook friends is known for his thoughtful status updates. No political rhetoric or cheesy humor; you can count on him to be insightful and profound. Last week he posted something that hit dead center for me and it got an interesting online conversation going back and forth between...

The Sky is Green and...

There are many stories in Scripture that helped form the foundational elements of my faith. These stories were so entwined with the inscape of my convictions, that not only did I need them to speak to a greater Truth; I needed them to be literally, historically and factually accurate. I needed...

Why Can’t We Be Friends ? Nov11

Why Can’t We B...

I drove along Franklin Rd the other day, and began humming the old song “Why Can’t we Be Friends” to myself.  I was re-stunned at how many churches are on that road. I lost count around 20. Check it out on Google maps, the amount of red pins was insane. And this is all...

Holes Nov09

Holes

They say inside if us all we have holes. Longings, feelings of incompleteness. Maybe feelings that we don’t measure up, that we don’t fit in. I’m of the belief that we are all on a spiritual journey, and this physical portion is a wonderful part, full of wonder, pain and...

Father Wisdom Nov07

Father Wisdom

A couple conversations with some of the guys at church has led to an effort by Tribes Men’s Work to start acknowledging our men who are becoming fathers. Most guys agree that while baby showers are appreciated, they seldom offer anything that appeals to a masculine perspective. I’ve got...

Does Everything Belo...

Franciscan Monk, Richard Rohr in his book of the same title. When the phrase of everything belongs came across my radar a few years ago, I applied it to things that I felt comfortable with. Does Buddhism belong? Does divorce? Job loss? Well that kind of list could go on for a long time with...