Have you ever felt you had to be a different person? At work, with friends, as a daughter, in the community, at church? People have certain expectations and perceptions of who we are and who they want us to be depending on the role we're playing or what roof we're under. I came to a … Continue reading Duty, Roles, Being, and Change
I've had this restless feeling for weeks...living each day in an undercurrent of agitation. Ask my family, friends, or husband and this is pretty normal. I have always been a seeker. Wondering what is next, curious to know everything about everything. The more I come to know, the more I want to know. I love … Continue reading Things We Seek
Life is a roller coaster. When I'm at the top and things are going well, it's easy to have a good attitude and do my best. When I'm at the bottom it's easy to make excuses for a bad attitude or poor performance. If it's a sustained down period I start to question: is this … Continue reading Do your work and live your life worthy of your name
What are you most proud of this year? Several of my friends asked me this question on my birthday. I found it a nice reprieve from the typical "how are you feeling" question we always ask. Who doesn't feel a little sad and depressed about turning a year older? The time that has gone by, … Continue reading Another year gone by…what are you most proud of?
What standard are you holding yourself to? What space are you holding for forgiveness? I've been contemplating and studying grace and truth. I struggle with emotional boundaries, and lately I have been challenged more frequently to step into situations where I need to lovingly offer grace while at the same time courageously bring truth. I … Continue reading High Standards and High Forgiveness: A Path to Grace and Truth
Do you just know about God or do you actually love God? Father Vu presented us this question at Mass this week and let us sit in silence to ponder. I was immediately uncertain. What is the difference between knowing and loving God, or others in our life for that matter? I thought about my relationship … Continue reading The difference between knowing and loving
I shared my deeply personal story with 150 people face-to-face a little over a week ago. It was terrifying. All night I was sweating and shaking. For 2 months in preparation I had been frustrated, scared, and nauseous. When they called my name I thought I would cry and throw up at the same time. … Continue reading Beautifully Broken