Adoption Lessons: The Affects of a Broken Foundation

When it comes to the subject of adoption, I struggle for words. It’s one of the most defining parts of my life thus far yet causes more writer’s block than anything other subject. During the paper part of the adoption process it wasn’t hard. We were on the front side of reality. The side where you imagine and wonder, the side where you idealize how you will handle every hard scenario. And it’s not even like you expect it to be easy, you know better. But the way you expect to respond is likely far different from reality….

My Experience Changed My Perspective

If you’ve ever visited the Grand Canyon you know what a majestic site it is. I’ll never forget how small I felt as I walked up to the south rim on a hot July day. I was twenty years old; it was an overwhelming feeling. I remember the wind and the sun. I remember peering out across the canyon as far as my eyes could see. I also remember watching hikers carrying packs on the trails deep below me. And in that moment, I wanted to be one of those hikers; I wondered what they could see. How…

Your Best Work

A few weeks ago I heard Pastor Mark Batterson define anointing as “the best I can do + the best God can do”. And something erupted inside of me when he said it. Up until that point if you were to ask me to define or describe an anointed person, I probably would have fumbled around and said something about it being a person blessed by God or someone who was in the right place at the right time and said the right thing. I thought of anointing as something controlled only by God and if you…

Embracing the Stress of Sundays

When you’re married to a pastor, Sundays are usually the most stressful day of the week. And when it’s their turn to teach, the intensity often increases. So it’s not uncommon for our Sunday mornings to be extra stressful. Whether it’s me struggling to sleep the night before, waking up to a kid’s bad attitude, or getting annoyed at the little things, I’ve come to accept the inevitable. It comes with the job. In our family, we divide and conquer. On Sunday mornings, Filipe is the first up and out the door before the kids…