Three Ways to Cure Boredom this Summer

It’s been one week. One week since I tapped in and my kid’s teachers tapped out for the summer. One week of later nights, longer mornings, and playdates. So far we’ve only had a few mentions of the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase, and the kid that it came from could very well be in the middle of Disneyland and still claim they are bored. Boredom is a mindset. I look back on my childhood and how I endured the long weeks between summer vacation and the start of school claiming to be bored. I couldn’t figure…

Embracing Tension

There’s tension all around. As a mom I live in the tension of needing to hover over my kids one minute to taking a hands-off approach the next. When it comes to ministry and writing, I struggle to stay comfortable and confident with what I’m good at and taking risks with something new. I crave comfort and thrill-seeking adventure. I long for both productivity and rest, discipline and flexibility. Life tells us to choose. Have you ever longed for an hour or two alone only to feel guilty and unable to enjoy it once you get it? Or…

Decisions, Decisions

Last week I had to make a tough decision. Well, actually I had to undo a decision I had already made regarding my kids and their summer and what we were (or more importantly, were not) going to do. I had this nagging sense for over a week that I needed to do it, but it took me a fews days to finally make the call. Why was it so tough? Because what I felt was the right decision was uncomfortable, inconvenient, and going to require way more out of me than I thought I…

Remarkable Courage: Joan of Arc

I can’t think of any human story that has impacted me as much as the story of Joan of Arc. I stumbled across Mark Twain’s account of her life last fall while wandering a local thrift store. In that moment I forgot all about the home decor I was in search of and thrilled to have gotten my hands on that book (and for $2 no less!). But even then I had no clue what the story would do to me. Over the last six months I’ve studied her story, read multiple accounts of her life, and tried…