Tag Archives: growth

"Compare where you are to where you want to be and you'll get...nowhere."

Tangled; threads & splinters

Tangled up in the mess of trying to find where I am and trying to get to where I want to be. Can I not be both?  Can I not be who and where I am, and at the same time on the journey to who and where I want to be and become? Is […]

“Growing Hope in Our Neighborhoods”

My first big project/event for this new job as [Ministry Developer] was to coordinate our church’s booth at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival . The festival is held every year at Lighthouse Park and it’s a great community event. It’s a typical festival/fair with lots of booths, good food, and a healthy dose of people watching. There was […]

Uprooted and Replanted.

Although life is short, it is enough time to understand where you have been, and where you are going. ~H. Nouwen How old do we need to be before we can turn around and view our life to understand that we have traveled many steps? How often are we supposed to stop, sit, reflect, and seek […]

Oh Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

A daily call to worship from: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. Oh Lord let my soul rise up to meet you As the day rises to meet the sun Some days-most days-I can’t rise to meet you, or even lift my hands. My soul feels too heavy to find its way up to […]

From Tomb to Womb

Breathe Light into Me My heart is so full it feels empty with pain. I have lost the ability to express anything but loneliness. All I feel is the thin breeze of an air void of any presence. The only thing I feel is the distance between darkness and light. I cannot move. I am […]


Unpredictable. Misunderstood. Miserable. Foreign. The opposite of the ideal. We think: Blazing sun. Burning sand. Empty horizons. No water in sight. Barren, forsaken, and deadly. A desert is only hot during the day. In some places, down in the valley, the nightly temperature sinks so low your body is carried from one extreme to another. […]

Dying Congregation [part 1]

When I think of the Church building I went to growing up I don’t get just one image. A series of memories flash around in my head. I remember Sunday School programs when the pews would be absolutely filled with people watching us kids be (let’s face it) adorable. I remember my confirmation/first communion in […]

My Epic Common Life

I asked for ordinary. Mundane. Simplicity. I asked to be challenged in a radical way…for me. I said “no” to living in a Christian environment focused on building and living in a Christian community. I declined the offer for spiritual mentorship and discipleship that would have been handed to me–in hopes of finding community beyond […]

We Cannot Live on Bread Alone

Bread is one of my favorite foods. It’s light-but thick, and has a crust whose crunch and aroma will fill an entire roomlike a vibrant symphony fills an auditorium.  Inside this glorious, rough exterior lies the pillowy showcase of spongy flavor. Seeping through every bite, every bit, yeast mixes with flour and flavor to create a blanket […]

Dumb Questions

“I’m graduating from Northwestern College in May.” That statement prompts two questions that I have come to label as ‘dumb questions.’ Remember when you were a kid and you had a burning question to ask, but you never wanted to–because you thought it was a dumb question? What did the teacher say, or what reassuring […]