Even If

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the daily exercise to write a reflection based on a song from that morning’s run) There are two pivotal words in the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The words are “even if.” If you grew up in the church you likely have known this Bible story most of your life. … More Even If

Chocolate

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where she writes a reflection based on a song from that morning’s run) Sweet days. This life has had a few seasons that were so sweet. Days when I couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning because there was so much joy seeping into the hours. The first summers … More Chocolate

Finish Line

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection each day on a song from that morning’s run) My husband’s parents died in 2007 – his father, Butch, in January and his mother, Dottie, in August.  Our eldest, Owen, was just one year old then and our baby, Jesse, was born in June of … More Finish Line

Nothin’ on Me

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection inspired by a song from that morning’s run) I do not have high standards when it comes to movies. Basically, I’m content if there is a happy ending. However, I was watching a made-for-TV movie the other day that was so unremarkable I simply couldn’t … More Nothin’ on Me

Sunday Morning

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection based on a song from that morning’s run) I didn’t lead worship today. I get a few Sundays off each year and while it is nice to have a Sunday now and then to not extend the mental energy toward preparing a sermon and not … More Sunday Morning

Tripping Billies

Reflections on Shuffle Play (an exercise in which I write a reflection based on that morning’s run) I wish I kept count of all the times that people talked about calories, points, diet, or weight over the course of our Thanksgiving festivities. It was the first Thanksgiving of my life I was feeling comfortable in … More Tripping Billies

Losing My Religion

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection inspired by a song from that day’s run) Dieting is so much like a religion. Think about it: It’s common in religions to have lists of actions that are permissible to do and not permissible to do. Diets are entirely made up of those kinds … More Losing My Religion

If Not Now

Reflections on Shuffle-Play I could sum up the gospel for this Sunday in one sentence. Here it is: We are each given gifts from God, and we are expected to do something with those gifts in order to grow them, however we can – not for the benefit of only ourselves, but for the benefit … More If Not Now