Jealousy: The Relationship Killer

I could feel it creeping up. That feeling that makes you almost feel green… like an alien in your own body. I watched her curl her brunette locks and effortlessly wind it up into a perfect messy bun (and this was before the time of the “messy bun…”). She turned with a smile, and in…

The Limits of Meg

I am not perfect. Ha!!  The fact that I even have to write this sentence down- for some reason just makes me laugh.  I think it’s hilarious that many people assume that because I am married to a minister that I’ve got my act together.  So FUNNY!  I do not- and don’t know if I…

Convicted.

Pain floods my heart often.   Ministry can open your eyes to the true horrors of the fallen world around us. I ask the intern, “What’s the best part of ministry so far to you?” “People…” he says. “And the worst?” “The hours…” he mumbles.  My answer? People.  People are both the best and the worst…

Into the Throne Room

My soul is at peace. My thoughts only reside on the One who sits seated on the throne in heaven. I feel broken and restored in the same moment. A song flows from my voice, but I cannot even hear it. All I see is his glorious face. Sometimes, He is smiling.  Other times, He…

Working Through Forgiveness

In the realm of planting, I’ve been forced to learn a lot about forgiveness. In the past 2 and a half years, I’m positive that I’ve emotionally injured people… and I know that I’ve been hurt by several people as well. In fact, I’m wrestling with forgiveness right now.  It’s a constant in my life now….

Dutch: Protector of our Family

“Mom.” My seven-year-old son’s voice broke through my pizza-eating revelry at our favorite pizza joint. Titus had whisked away my phone and was scrolling through photos of our local pound’s adoptable animal photos. He had been begging us for a pet for around a year now. My husband, Michael and I had tried every excuse…

When The Unexpected Happens

Our family had a great summer… lazy days… trips swimming, kayaking, biking, etc… and we highly anticipated a trip to Colorado for our family trip.  We had it all mapped out; spend a few days with my brother and his family (grab a soccer game), then a few days in the mountains exploring, mountain biking and…

Hum-Drum

There are cloudy patches in church planting.  The clouds roll in; but it doesn’t rain. The air gets thick with humidity, your hair frizzes and suddenly you have curl in your otherwise straight hair. The cloudy nothingness seems to be burdened with dark waters just waiting for something to set them off. You hold your breath waiting for the clouds to…

The Busy

It never fails… once I begin to feel like I’m getting a handle on this church planting thing, our lives get even busier.  There are rarely nights home as a family… our laptops come out to finish work as soon as the kiddos are in bed… and my hubby and I forget to connect.  It isn’t…

A Fourth Hook

My husband and I have known in our hearts for 9 years that God is leading us to adopt.  We knew even though God had and would bless us with biological children, that He was telling us to leave a spot in our lives for another child.  A child not born into our family… but one…

Thrive

Two years ago, when the beginnings of a church plant formed in my husband’s mind, it was just the thought of a church that would share truth, give grace and love others.  It wasn’t until our family was driving down our city’s freeway (at rush hour) that a name for our church even crossed our minds. “What about…

Never Retreat

Spiritual warfare. It’s one of those things that is almost hush-hush in the Christian community.  Even as a minister’s wife, I am sometimes hesitant to bring it up. But it’s real.  And still at work in this world. One of the things that has affected me the most this last year have been the attacks…