Finding Glory in the Grind

I have to admit I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I am drawn to challenges and seek out big payoffs. I am a recovering Type-A personality. As a ministry leader, I am energized by mountaintop experiences. I love embarking on new programs and initiatives. Life should always be that energizing. Well, it isn’t. [...]

Feel to Zeal

As I reflect on the past summer months, it’s a blur. Time whizzed by:  days filled with therapies, doctor visits, family obligations, errands, ministry and work-related events. I realize I had rushed through summer missing something, yearning for something more with an empty, lost feeling. I searched inward, looking head on into my state of discontentment, [...]

Second Wind

It is week three of Soaring Over Seven, a camp designed specifically for children with disabilities and their siblings, and I had begun to notice staff looking weary and a bit downtrodden. Attitudes were starting to take a dip, with some grumbling and stinking thinking creeping in, as staffers were not only physically exhausted but emotionally fatigued [...]

A Child’s Curiosity

The other evening, while walking and talking with Alexandra, my 11-year-old granddaughter, we were discussing summer plans and goals. Alexandra shared with me one of her goals is to read 20 minutes each day during summer break. I inquired as to what book she was currently reading, which is Mocking Bird by Kathryn Erskine.  Alexandra [...]

The Heart of A Parent

I can’t help but be tickled every time I read the heartfelt sentiments from Ethan’s mom included at the end of this post. See, many people might believe Ethan lacks intellect and potential due to his Autism, but I know differently. I have known Ethan since kindergarten, even before his parents had an official diagnosis [...]

Jesus Loves You And Me

Every time I watch this video clip of Madison singing her rendition of the children’s classical hymn “Jesus Loves Me”, I smile from ear to ear. Madison’s parents sent in the clip full of gratitude that their precious child is not only loved and embraced in her Sunday school class but is activly learning God’s truths. [...]

Compassion Fatigue

I was doing some reading the other day and came across a term that caught my attention causing me to reflect and want to learn more:  “compassion fatigue”. Sure, I knew what each word meant independent of the other, but I had never heard the two used together. I began to do a bit of [...]

Rest from Stress

  Getting stuck in the cycle of worry is like a dog chasing its tail:  a lot of energy expended and not getting anywhere.  Stuck in the same pattern, unable to move on, and quite frankly, it’s exhausting. That sums up last week for me. As a ministry leader and special-needs mom, my days were [...]

Because of you, I am a better leader!

The Accessibility Summit 2012 has come and gone. What a wonderful weekend of reconnecting with dear friends and making new ones. The Summit flies by each year and becomes a blur of busyness and hustle-and-bustle. The nine months of planning is consumed in the 36 hours of actual Summit weekend. This year’s Summit kicked off with [...]

Children’s Ministry and Autism

It was no surprise last week when CDC (Center for Disease Control) announced the latest findings regarding the alarming increase in Autism incidents. The research sited a swift rise in cases of Autism, a 78% increase from 2002 to 2008. In 2002, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism compared to 1 in 88 [...]