The morning my furnace tried to kill me

The morning my furnace tried to kill me

“WAKE UP HON! COME ON!! YOU GOTTA WAKE UP! There’s something wrong and we have to get out.”  I was 6 months pregnant with my first child and I was hoping to enjoy sleeping in a bit on a rainy Sunday morning. But at 7 am my husband shook me away, anxious and worried....

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

“I'm done. Don't talk to me anymore. Go ask your father.” It was a harsh thing to say to an 8-year-old, but I admit it, that's what I said to my daughter. Picture this. Hot afternoon. Standing in a crowd with a lot of noise. All of us hungry. Add to that my kids...

You want me to do what?!

You want me to do what?!

“Go for a walk… instead of working on a project that I’m weeks behind in?” Today is a beautiful Monday and I finally have a full day to catch up on a long list of to-dos. But God was drawing me to get out to exercise. I can tell you with certainty that it was God…...

All Suffering is Worthy of Compassion…. Even Yours

All Suffering is Worthy of Compassion…. Even Yours

If you are anything like me, you feel like you have been hard-wired to put others before yourself. Come on, be honest. Maybe you skip lunch here and there to meet with someone in need. Maybe you minimize your feelings of exhaustion and stress to press on to serve the...

5 signs that you might be overwhelmed

5 signs that you might be overwhelmed

“No matter how hard I work, I never seem to catch up”.   The life in ministry is difficult. And sometimes there is nowhere to turn. You may believe the statements above. And you may even be a part of the statistics. In a Westlean Clergy wellbeing support of over...

I have control issues

I have control issues

On the outside, it may fool you. I’m the easy going parent. I enjoy being more spontaneous and love adventure. I’m not a clean freak and I’m okay with leaving the dishes in the sink for a day or two. But on the inside, oh man, on the inside I need to be in control of...

Are you Empowering or Enabling?

Are you Empowering or Enabling?

Let me go straight to the point. Enabling is doing life FOR someone. Enabling however often comes disguised as supporting. Let me paint the picture for you. Doing the homework for your children is enabling them. Supporting would look like sitting with them and...

Setting Boundaries and saying No

Setting Boundaries and saying No

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” was read every night as a bedtime story at our household this past week. The author, Laura Numeroff, describes how this cute boy offers a cookie to a mouse (in case you haven’t guessed by the name yet, ha!) and how the boy responds to...

5 practical ways to get over a phone addiction 

5 practical ways to get over a phone addiction 

“I don’t like feeling bad, I want to feel good. And I always feel good when I am eating. So let’s go eat some ice cream and a bag of chips.” Yours may sound a bit different but I’m sure a variation of the thought above may have crossed your mind in some point or you...