You Will Always Eat at My Table

Am I pretty enough? Handsome enough? Hip enough? Spiritual enough? Even for God? To find the best answer, my good friend Michele Cushatt tackled these questions after a brutal bout with tongue cancer led her to search for her value–resulting in her newest best-selling book, I Am. From that journey, she shares below one priceless life […]

3 Best Reasons to Walk With God Now

Despite the storms. Despite disappointments. Despite the fury of fighting haters and hard knocks, when life flips you over, it’s time to rise up and walk with God. Well, isn’t it? That’s what I asked during a recent walk with my husband. We hit the trail near our house. The path is plain. Ups and […]

Keep Chasing Your Crazy and Impossible Big Dream

It’s too close to quit. You’re too smart to fail. But when you do, you jump back up and get moving. That’s how dreams become real. How do I know? First, I’m riding today in an airplane. Once just a dream. First of the Greek Archytas. Then of Leonardo da Vinci. Then finally of those […]

Woman worshipping God on a beach at sunset with sunspot.

Loving God Better in 2017

Not just half way. Not fingers crossed. Not looking over my shoulder—whistling in the dark, tiptoeing around fear, doubt and uncertainty into the New Year. Instead, as 2017 begins, I propose this one thing. Love God Better. That’s what I wrote at the top of my 2017 Goal List. I scratched out “Be Pleasing to […]

Let’s Stop Living on Leftovers

I’m sitting in a church on Sunday morning after Thanksgiving. The pastor makes it clear what he’s not preaching. “No sermon called Let’s Stop Living on Leftovers.” As he explains: “It’s the most predicable sermon to preach the Sunday after Thanksgiving.” He preaches powerfully on something else. Still, as he speaks, I keep thinking about the leftover […]

Still Walking Tall

I should be raging today. My candidate lost. Americans are divided. My soul feels battered. Yet when I woke up this morning—a victory itself to wake up, right?—the sun was shining. Bright. Before my husband and I could open the shades in our bedroom, sunshine shattered the dawn. Like a sign. Carrying hope. Don’t lose […]

It’s Never Too Late

To grind. To fight. To struggle. To run. To create. To fall. To get back up. To keep going. To be, finally, your best. I think of this today because my husband Dan—who’s half past 70 plus some change—published his first book this week. The writing took five+ years. Now after sweating, dreaming, sowing, and […]

You Are Not a Failure

It’s Father’s Day and my Facebook feed is filled to bursting with loving photo tributes to beautiful dads. I posted a photo myself, showing my beloved late father plus a current photo of my amazing husband Dan. But what if that isn’t your story? What if your memories not only of Dad but of other […]

Bicycling With God

I’m at a bicycle shop in south Denver, waiting nervously for my Adult Learn-to-Ride class to start. I feel embarrassed. I learned to ride a bike as a kid. Sharing a one-speed Schwinn with my big sister, I biked up and down our northeast Denver streets—determined to pedal fast. I loved the speed and skill of mastering […]

Being Kind to Yourself

Do you celebrate your own birthday? Or as my friend says: “What are you doing on your birthday–for you?” She asks me that every year. Still, the question always catches me off guard. What am I doing? For myself? In the Christian life, which focuses so often on our outreach to others, it can seem […]