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 …

Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part two

Last month, I gave an early morning chapel talk to a group of middle and high school students. I shared part of my story and walked them through the idea that hope gets attached to our dreams. And those dreams are often connected to the turning points in life. In the talk, I answered the questions: What is the right …

Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part one

What is the proper way to hope? How do we carry our dreams and keep the right kind of hope alive? I have times where I put my hope in the wrong place. My unfulfilled dreams become heavy and my heart quickly grows discontent. I am no longer loving my right now. I am not embracing where God has me or fully seeing what He …

Love & the Disability Factor, part four

When it comes to the longing for love, I’m not the only one with fears related to the disability factor. I’m not alone in feeling this dream of mine can seem impossible. I’ve read books and blogs, and emailed a few. Other people with disabilities admit similar insecurities. There are also stories of marriages involving disability that are beautiful, strong, …

Love & the Disability Factor, part three

I carried the hope in my heart to college. I wondered if I’d find a guy there and the story I imagined would grow after graduation. But I moved back home with the hope hanging on an unfulfilled dream…. A dream for marriage. A longing for love. A hope for my turn. All that seemed far away and impossible. There were questions I was …

What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

You aren’t supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did… Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I’ve accepted this fact for years. I don’t let limitations stop me from chasing any dream. Several years ago, I started writing. I wasn’t planning to be a writer. Yet there was power in …