Rebellious Hope

Jane Marczewski, in a tweet, once said, “Some people will call it ‘blind denial’ but I prefer to call it rebellious hope.”

This, said by a woman who had a 2% chance of overcoming cancer. Who had a million dreams to live for. Who inspired just as many people with her golden buzzer performance of her original song, “It’s Okay.”

Setting Off Toward Home

Three years ago to the day, I was carting a U-haul to Oklahoma, my would-be home. Not knowing a soul there, apart from the people I’d interviewed with at my new job, I remember setting off into the sunrise and being as excited as I was scared.  Up until five weeks previous, when I wasContinue reading “Setting Off Toward Home”

Hindsight: What I Now See

I discovered this post in my drafts, where it had lingered for three years. It helped me remember the creativity and goodness in God’s plans, so I’m sharing it in the hope that it will encourage someone else. I recently caught a view that took my breath away. It was on a hike (I stillContinue reading “Hindsight: What I Now See”

A Starbucks Script: as told by baristas

What would the script look like if Starbucks baristas could make an honest welcome video? Probably something like this… Manager/barista: “Hello, welcome to America’s favorite barely-coffee shop. Fall is only nine months away, so that could mean just one thing: you’re wanting to order a pumpkin spice salted caramel chai mocha frappuccino. Let me getContinue reading “A Starbucks Script: as told by baristas”

Serving vs. Selling

So many thoughts rummaging around in my head these days, but one that has emerged in some state of cohesiveness to ponder with you all is about marketing. And yet it also isn’t. Let me explain. I was reading a fantastic article about marketing by author and writing coach K.M. Weiland recently. (Or, more accurately, IContinue reading “Serving vs. Selling”

One More Day – A Poem

“Heart, where are you?” I said. But my voice came back hollow. “Surely you’re not dead… Don’t go where I can’t follow. “Dawn can’t stay always away, So turn your face to the sky. Hope can’t stay forever at bay, Awake; lift your head high.” Only silence from the depth, Just as still as before.Continue reading “One More Day – A Poem”

The Jonah Within

There are few Bible personalities I really connect with. You know: Ruth was so good, and Esther was fearless and beautiful, and Mary was amazing. Paul is hard for me to get my head around, and the disciples, well, they were interesting and funny, but relatable? Well, maybe not so much. But start talking about Jonah, andContinue reading “The Jonah Within”

Embracing the Struggle

You know when you hear a morsel of truth and all you can do is slap the nearest desk and say, “Yes! YES!”? That recently happened to me when I ran across this quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, withoutContinue reading “Embracing the Struggle”