My Lenten Journey: Moving Towards, Not Away

Many people talk about giving things up for Lent. Some give up chocolate, others Facebook. Some of my crazier friends give up sugar or coffee (essentially, they are giving up all their friends for 40 days, because I’m not sure how they will function – or be pleasant). The practice started as a way to join Jesus in the wilderness,…

Where I’m From

Many of you have likely read or created a “Where I’m From” poem like the one below. “Where I’m From” poems were made famous by Kentucky poet laureate, George Ella Lyon, and they serve to help take us all back to our roots. I wrote the one you are about to read during our church’s women’s retreat. I hesitated to…

My February 2016 Reading List

I am sad to report that January came and went without me cracking the spine of a new book. As February gets underway, I am reminded of the Biblical mandate to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2b). Reading is not only one of my favorite hobbies, but it allows me to step into someone else’s mind and heart, learning what it truly means to empathize with another’s experience.

A New Day

If you know me well, you know that I love the first day of a new month. Maybe it’s a result of my Southern Baptist upbringing, twinged with guilt and the overwhelming need for “redemption,” but something about a fresh start refreshes my mind and renews my soul. I love the first day of a new month, because the day…

2015 Top Ten

Like 2014, 2015 was a year of ups a down, both for me personally and for our world in general. In the history books, 2015 will be a year remembered for more mass shootings than days, racism, and, well, Donald Trump. In Louisville, it will be marked by the biggest scandal to come out of any UofL sports program in…

Where have I been?: #FBF

About a month ago, I asked my Facebook friends for blog inspiration. I said they could ask me any question they wanted and the answer might appear on my blog. For the most part, this was an attempt for me to get over the writer’s block that plagued my summer, but one of my friends gave me a kick in…