Giving it All Away

I grew up in a family that didn’t talk about money. My mother, especially, considered it the height of rudeness to bring up the subject. Consequently, I entered adulthood with very little money sense. In my 20s, I floundered financially – spending more than I earned,...

Yakety Sax

Every time I chase chickens around the yard, I sing the Benny Hill theme song in my head. Here I am with Debbie, one of my new girls and my first flyer. She’s an adventurer and hops over a four-foot fence like it’s nothing, which means until I replace my...

Trust Fall

I quit my job … without a real solid backup plan. In addition to being a writer — which is a part-time venture — I was a full-time paraprofessional at an elementary school in New London. My salary from that job comprised the majority of my income. I loved the kids and...

Extra Grace

Last week, one of my oldest friends called. I looked at her name on caller id and sighed. I did not pick up. Jane can be lovely. She is sassy and tough and a whole lot of fun. But she is also opinionated, sometimes rudely so, and self-centered. She will hold me...

I doubt it

After becoming a Christian, I joined a conservative Lutheran church. This would have been fine had I been conservative, but I’m on the other end of the spectrum. (Friends often refer to me as “crunchy.”) I joined the church because Rob is a member, and it seemed like...

All you need is love

The young woman ahead of me in line was disheveled and dirty. Her tangled hair — a faded purple — was pulled back in a messy ponytail, and her arms and hands were heavily tattooed. I wouldn’t have been surprised if she were a drug addict or a prostitute, or both. On...

Letting Go

Let go and let God. It’s on bumper stickers and posters. It’s spoken at sermons and AA meetings. But in this cliché, I’ve found the basis for my Christian journey. Before I came to Christ five years ago, I was like a drowning person. I flailed and fought, but the more...

Challenge accepted

A few years ago, I read Kyle Idleman’s book, “Not a Fan,” which urges Christians to stop sitting on the sidelines cheering for Jesus and take action. Instead of being a fan, Idleman urges his readers to be followers. I thought of his message when Pastor Shawn...