8 Things I Learned While Traveling

Firsts can’t be repeated. I went to a conference for a second time. Apparently I carried high expectations with me. I didn’t know that until the week ended and I felt some unexplained disappointment. What was I expecting? Was I subconsciously comparing this year to last year? Whenever you experience something for the first time — an event, a relationship, …

The Bridge Called Community, part two

The next morning you suddenly said to a circle of people at church, “Hey guys, this is my friend, Laura. She has a disability, in case you didn’t know it and you can ask her any questions. She is happy to answer them and likes being the spokesperson for all disabled people.” I was surprised, and sat there laughing, but …

The Bridge Called Community, part one

A group of people can come into your life and change it. This post is for those people. You are dear to me. You’re an answer to a prayer I prayed two years before we met: “Deepen the right friendships, Lord. Lead me to the people who are or will be part of my close community. Amen.“ ******* I’m not …

When We Invite People In

Over the summer, I had a conversation with someone I knew well in college. She was my suite-mate for two years and we shared more than one friend group by being in the same organizations. We met for coffee and reminisced about the college days and what is going on now. It was fascinating to hear her comments of who …

The Last Season

Slowly I am catching up to the fact that we are in a new season. Fall. When temperatures go down and calendars fill up. New routines are set. No matter what, every season signals a transition. Maybe you’re…back on the school schedule. Starting a new job. Building new friendships. Looking for community. Sometimes we are slow to accept a transition. …

One Word, One Theme for 2018

Before the new year arrived, I started pondering, “what should my new word be: Fullness…Trust…Faith…Impossible?” All these words felt important to me, things I pray, themes I hope to see in my life. One day last month, it finally became clear — FAITH. The verse popped off the page: “…for truly, I say to you, if you have faith like …