Altruism Isn’t The Goal

We not only need to give, we also need to receive. Somehow, somewhere, I began believing the lie that since friendships weren’t altruistic, they shouldn’t take priority in my life. I believed the lie that life needed to be all about volunteering, serving, mentoring, counseling. In my desire to be a helper, I stopped showing…

Brave Enough to Enjoy

I stood alone on a heavily trafficked side street in Prague. I missed my family; I had not yet met up with my Czech friends, and I was emotionally struggling in this beloved city. Having visited Prague a dozen times, it was practically a second home, but the loneliness, that feeling was new to me….

No Unsabbathed Life

We expect hard work in our house. Early in our marriage, my husband went 5 years without taking a vacation for a variety of reasons. After five years of no time to slow down, no time to assess, no time to renew, we had some very serious talks about changing our rhythms. By the end…

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus A small and powerful reminder that there is still hope and growth in the cold, dark seasons, just as there is in the warm, bright seasons. I guess it makes perfect sense that it blooms at Christmas time. A time when we remember: In the soft infant skin, in the wonder-filled infant…

Table-Influence

When I think of “Influence” or “Success”, what do I see?  What do I envision? I see a stage in front of a large group of people being inspired.  I see a book with its millions of copies, changing the world.  I see a individual with a face-mic and thousands of followers nodding in agreement. I…