indigenous people’s day

It’s Indigenous People’s Day today. Some of you may know it by it’s former name.  Columbus Day.  Maybe you were like me and you were told a piece of the story growing up.  You know, the part of the story where a brave man named Christopher Columbus discovered this land called “the americas”? Well, I […]

A day in the life of a Kids Pastor: Reflections on story and finding hope

Sundays. Church days. Early mornings and long afternoons.  Sometimes I come home with a tired soul, a weary soul. Other days I come home elated. Grateful, thankful, amazed.  Most often it’s a mix of things.  But every week there are new stories, new prayers, new experiences that shape our church family.  This week was no […]

The Decision to Go Back to School

When I graduated college, I had a plan.  Get a job. Get some ministry experience.  Go back to school. Somewhere along the way I was going to start a family and write a children’s book series about the Bible with a specific multicultural lens. Yeah, about our plans.  They don’t usually happen the way we […]

Why Reconciliation and Family Ministry?

Two things in ministry have deeply impacted my life and calling as a pastor to kids and families.  I feel a deep sense of personal conviction to Reconciliation and Family Ministry. My journey of reconciliation began in my first year in college.  I was 17, excited to leave home and discover what God had planned […]

Advent: What Holy Message?

Advent is a season of waiting. Advent is a season of yearning, hoping and expecting. The Israelites waited hundreds of years for God to restore them to a right relationship with their Creator. We have the aid of history on our side today. We spend the season of Advent, not wondering what good news will come […]

Seminary Life- Adjusting

Every couple days someone asks me “how is school?” I am not always sure how to respond, it just depends on whom I am speaking to. Adjusting to seminary life as a working mom has been exhausting and exhilarating. I wake up most mornings at 5:00 and quietly tiptoe past my children’s rooms to the […]

Joy, Prayer & Thankfulness

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 1 Thessalonians 5 does not mince words. We are instructed to do three things: 1) be joyful- always 2) pray continually 3) give thanks in all circumstances Really God? Always? Continually? In everything?  So many thoughts […]

Family Lent Activities

Scripture Select a scripture verse that everyone in your family can work on together.  Simplify the language for younger children, or add extra verses for older children and adults.  Write the verse down in a place everyone congregates daily.  Work on the verse together throughout the Lenten Season. Paper Chain Make a chain of 46 […]

An [unpublished] book about eyes

I ran across this story I wrote many years ago, right before the birth of my eldest child…Back when I thought that quitting my job as the Children’s Director at Quest meant I would have time to write children’s books while being a stay at home mom.  Funny how things change.  This lesson is still […]

the still small voice

Sunday January 20, 2013 In 1 Kings 18, Elijah is witness to God’s mighty power in the form of fire on the alter at Mt. Carmel.  It  was a terrifying and dramatic show of God’s authority over false gods and false prophets.  Yet in chapter 19 God reveals himself to Elijah in a very different […]