Bad Friday

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Happy Good Friday (and Happy Birthday to my husband, Mark. Wow! He’s mine.)

I’m sitting in the chemo chair this morning, completely aware that it is indeed a “Good Friday.”  I continue to be cancer free.  My recent brain scans were wonderful.  My side effects have been subsiding and I’m feeling stronger and so grateful to be alive.

Mark has been in a tough season too.  After surviving a heart attack last May, he recently underwent a cervical fusion and had several complications.  He neck is doing very well and the other issues are resolved.  His stamina is improving and he’s celebrating another birthday today.

Today is a “Good Friday” for us.

But not every Friday has been a good Friday. Continue reading

Change takes Courage

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screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-7-03-57-amI’m excited to share that I am transitioning my role at Gateway Church.  After almost 10 years as a part of the Pink team, I have been invited to join Gateway Equip.  They came, sought me out and offered some opportunities for the future I couldn’t resist.

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-7-14-44-amI will be serving as a pastor of Equip at the Southlake campus, working directly with the team to help identify, develop and pastor the best teachers in the world.  This is right up my alley!  I love to develop people and to help provide encouragement and opportunities for their gifts to be on display.  I look forward to investing more deeply into others and reconnecting on a more personal level with many of you. Continue reading

Don’t Panic. Lean on God

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To Listen:  Heart Strong Faith Podcast – KCBIscreen-shot-2017-01-31-at-5-15-32-am

Are you facing a cancer diagnosis?  Maybe you’re in the midst of a financial crisis, a marriage collapse or the loss of someone you love.  Maybe you are simply lonely or discouraged.  Can I encourage you?  God has not forgotten you or your pain.  He’s present to encourage you.  Lean into God, even in your darkest moments.  You will find him faithful.

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So Uncomfortable

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I am so uncomfortable…again.

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How I wish I could package comfort in a bottle!

Most of the time I find I am uncomfortable.

I think this springs from a life-long fight with fear and insecurity.

I don’t know why I struggle so much because I have a lot of reasons to feel secure.  I am loved.  I am safe.  I am saved.

What else could a girl need? Apparently, to feel comfortable. Continue reading

Sunshine and Roses

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screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-7-13-37-amMost of the time I find my heart leaning and longing toward something other than the moment in which I stand.  I struggle to live “content in all things” while all around me are unmet needs and unfinished business.

Yet every once in a while I find myself in a moment of extraordinary peace.

Have you ever seen the sun break through the clouds in a single ray of light?

That’s how these rare and fleeting moments feel to me.

Right in the midst of what feels gray, obscure and even cloudy, a moment breaks upon my heart and I experience the most extraordinary peace.

I wrote this little poem in the midst of one of those moments.  I knew it was temporary and I so wanted to capture it.

I hope you experience your own moment of breaking light and that you have the where-with-all to just pause and bask in His presence.

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