Surrender Is A Strength

Today I'm sharing a little piece from my book—and a day in my life—with you . . . One afternoon I was overwhelmed by my inadequacies, discouraged by my seeming failures as a mom, and exhausted physically and emotionally. I collapsed to the sofa crying and vented: God, I am so frustrated! Nothing seems to…

Getting Meaning From a Meltdown

Monday I had a little meltdown. It started as a whisper, "What am I doing?" Within seconds as I looked around my workspace, my suppressed feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm emerged as tears—and another whisper, "God, I don't know how to do all this." After a good cry and a more thorough cry-out to God,…

Living Out the Ordinary with Faith

Last Sunday at church, the gospel reading was John 2.1-11, the wedding at Cana. At the wedding feast, Jesus's mother Mary tells Him that the wine is finished. Turning to the servants nearby, she says, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2.5b) Mary knew well from her youth the blessing of submitting to God. "Jesus said…